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Mary Parsons to compete in Peru’s Pan-American Games



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Freshman golfer Mary Parsons finishes her swing after a drive at the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational in Lexington, Kentucky, on Oct. 6. Parsons and the Hoosiers finished in sixth place at the Lady Buckeye Invitational. Courtesy Photo Buy Photos

IU women's golf junior Mary Parsons will be representing Canada as one of four Canadian golfers competing in this year’s Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru.

Parsons is from Delta, British Columbia, Canada, and sat down with Pan-Am games golf Coach Tristan Mullally to talk about what the event was all about and if it were something she'd be interested in.

"From what I have heard, I am very excited," Parsons said in a press release. "I have never been to Lima, and I think it will just be a really good experience as a player and to be an athlete in such a significant international competition."

Parsons had a successful sophomore year at IU by averaging a score of 74.09, finishing second best on the team. This year, she earned her first tournament win in college at the Lady Boilermaker Classic. Out of the 58 collegiate rounds she has played in two years, she has shot an average of 73.74.

On top of the tournament win, Parsons helped lead IU to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2007. 

Golfers at the Pan-Ams play 18 holes per day over the four-day event. The Games feature 32 women and 32 males, two of each from every qualifying country, competing to win individual and mixed team awards. 

The Pan-Ams started Aug. 8 and go through Aug. 11.

"It is definitely going to be quite an experience," Parsons told BritishColumbiaGolf.org earlier this summer. "I have the B.C. Amateur, the PNGA and Canadian Amateur coming up before the Pan Ams, and I think those are all stepping stones to get to where I need to be for the Pan-Ams and compete for Canada on such a large stage."

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