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Riverton’s Parker Paxton continues bid to qualify for the US Open

After winning the first round of US Open local qualifying at Riverton Country Club, 16-year-old Parker Paxton will look to crack this year’s US Open field by doing his best at the final round of US Open Qualifying in Oregon.
Published: Jun. 3, 2022 at 12:48 AM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Parker Paxton, a 16-year-old from Riverton, has grown up playing the game of golf. He was introduced to the sport that is now his “passion” by following around his dad and older brother, Easton, on the course.

“When Easton was super young, my dad was always out here, and that’s how he started swinging a club,” explained Parker about where his golf journey began. “Naturally, when I was born, they were always out here, so I was always out here, so I got to swinging a club. I just can’t remember my life without golf in it.”

Paxton said that he’s always just enjoyed spending his time out on the golf course and seeing his progress. “There’s no better way for me to spend my summer days than out here grinding,” said Paxton off one of the greens at the Riverton Country Club.

He especially enjoys tournaments and the focus component that playing against competition brings.

“I can’t explain it. I’m in love with it. I love everything about it.”

In the first round of the US Open Local Qualifiers, Paxton paced the competition at his home club. He shot a 2-under-par 70, which earned him a spot in one of the 11 final qualifying spots for the US Open at The Country Club from June 16-19. Paxton said he celebrated the victory by giving himself “a pat on the back,” but the celebration didn’t last long.

“I celebrated for a couple [of] days, and then, it was immediately on to the grind for sectionals because I’m not going to stay satisfied at just winning at this point,” said Paxton. “I’ve got an opportunity to go do something more, so why not put my blood, sweat and tears into that and go make something happen.”

The chance to make something happen for the Riverton native will occur at the Pronghorn Resort in Bend, Ore. on June 6. The final round of qualifying will be determined by the scores over 36 holes in one day, and the number of qualifiers will be determined by the size and strength of each site’s tournament field.

“When I go there, there’s no pressure on me,” said Paxton. “I mean I’m gonna be nervous, and I’m gonna be excited, but I’m going there with nothing to lose, so I mean knowing that in the back of my mind gives me confidence.”

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