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ARMOLD: Central York's Parrini will head to Florida this winter to sharpen his golf game

ELIJAH ARMOLD
YorkDispatch

When play wraps up after this weekend's District 3 Individual Tournament, the season will be over for most York-Adams League golfers.

For the rest, the season will likely end following the PIAA State Tournament later this month.

There's one local player, however, who's making his discipline a year-round endeavor.

In an effort to sharpen an already solid game, Central York sophomore Joe Parrini will soon head south to further hone his skills.

Parrini will spend his third marking period in Naples, Florida. He's headed there to escape the winter conditions that make practicing golf difficult in Pennsylvania.

"I'm going to escape the cold and train and sharpen up my game for the spring," Parrini said after Tuesday's District 3 Team Tournament at Briarwood. "Really trying to take my game to a new level."

Aside from working on golf, Parrini is adding a fitness element to his new regimen.

"I'm going down there with my mom, she's going to be staying down there with me. I'm going to meet with a couple coaches and a trainer," Parrini said. "Really, anything you need down there, as a golfer, you can find it. ... so I'm just trying to take advantage of the possibilities."

The ability to take an online course while in Florida was one of the main reasons Parrini transferred to Central York from York Catholic in the offseason.

Taking that course will also allow him to maintain enrollment at Central York, where he will eventually return to finish his sophomore year.

Accomplishments: Parrini, although only in his second season of high school play, is already quite an accomplished player.

Last season, as only a freshman, he helped York Catholic win the York-Adams Division III title as well as the York-Adams League team championship and a District 3-AA team crown. He was also the District 3-AA individual champ.

Parrini has also competed regionally with great success.

In October of 2014, Parrini won the International Junior Golf Tour's Boys' 15-19 Division Major Championship at Out Door Country Club. He has also competed in American Junior Golf Association events. Both are tours with high levels of competition.

This year, he's already helped Central York win the York-Adams Division I title and the York-Adams League team title.

Still work to do in Pennsylvania: But before Parrini escapes the cold coming our way, there's still some business to take care of locally.

First comes the District 3-AAA Individual Tournament, taking place Friday and Saturday at Briarwood Golf Club. After that will hopefully be an appearance in the PIAA Class AAA Individual Tournament to be held later this month at Heritage Hills.

Always looking to improve his game, Parrini said there are places he can get better in the short term to help with the remainder of the postseason.

"I think I need to sharpen up my iron accuracy, distance control and just overall ball striking," Parrini said. "I feel like I've been driving the ball well, putting the ball well, but just not giving myself the looks at birdie I should be getting."

He's also looking to draw off the experience provided from previous successes in order to help him compete at the AAA level.

"It's a whole new season, but having the experience from last year and being able to get it done last year gives me confidence on the inside that I can get it done," Parrini said. "But it's a different division, different competition, and you're going to have to play well to win.

In a climate where kids specializing in one sport is becoming increasingly popular, golf has somewhat lagged behind the trend.

It will be interesting to not only see what this move produces for Parrini, but if the movement catches on with other players.

— Reach Elijah Armold at earmold@yorkdispatch.com; @EADispatch on Twitter