The tour winner reunited with the high school racquet 20 years after he disappeared

Parker McLachin (left) and his recently rediscovered Coronado bat, along with Scotty Cameron (center) and Les Tamashiro.

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Justin thomas isn’t the only hawaii pro who enjoys a reunion with Scotty Cameron is a striker from his youth.

Parker MacLachlana former tour winner who now spends most of his time as an actor Short game coachAlso again this week using Scotty Cameron, his trusted Coronado Blade that’s been missing for a quarter of a century.

“I just stopped using it my senior year of college,” McLachlin, who is in the field this week at the Sony Open for sponsor exemption, tells GOLF.com. “Somehow I’ve lost track of my racket and I can’t find it.”

McLachlan, 43, said he didn’t think much of the racket until about four or five years ago when he tried to find the Old Believers. When McLachlin came up empty, a former college roommate bought him a similar model on eBay — but you know what they say, a sequel is rarely as good as the original.


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Which brings us to this week in Honolulu.

But before we get to the unlikely reunion, we must first explain the back story of how McLacken first landed the bat.

McLachlin grew up in Hawaii. As a junior in high school, he was preparing for greens before an event when he was approached by Hawaiian Titleist actor, “Uncle” Les Tamashiro.

Tamashiro, who had a reputation for looking out for young players and helping them with their equipment needs, thought it was time for McLacken to change the racket.

“He came watching me and I don’t even remember what I was putting in the bat at the time,” McLachin recalled. But he said, ‘Hey, why don’t you use Scotty Cameron? ”

“I was like, ‘Well, you know, my parents are school teachers and I can’t afford it. ”

He says, “I’ll tell you what, the high school state championship next month.” If you go and finish in the top five, my gift to you, I’ll give you a Scotty Cameron bat.”

But McLachlin did not want any charity. He wanted to earn the racket right, which he guessed had him hashing no less than $200 at the time.


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So he bargained against himself and told Tamashiro he would only take up a racket if he won the Hawaii state championship.

“He said, ‘Well, you’ve got a deal!'” McLachin said. “And so I walked out a month later and won the state championship.”

The title did not come easily. McLachlin said he opened with a 74, before going deep on the second day with a pace of 66 at 40 mph.

“I think the next best score of the day was 74 or 75,” said McLachlan. “And so when I won the tournament, it gives me the option of whatever racket I want, and I chose Scotty Cameron Coronado.”

The racquet remained in his bag through the rest of high school and into his senior year of college. Then MacLachlan said it pretty much disappeared.

McLachlin was still looking for the racquet when he came home to Hawaii for this week’s Sony Open.

“I see Uncle Les on the golf course on Mondays and he says, ‘Hey, what are you gonna put [with] These days? “You still have that Coronado I gave you nearly 30 years ago?” said McLachin. And I was like, ‘No, I can’t find a Coronado. I don’t know where he is. “

This made Tamashiro think.

“You know, that’s weird,” said Tamashiro. “I think I got a Coronado in my garage, but I don’t know where it came from. Let me check it out tonight.”


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The putter was almost certainly McLachlin’s original Coronado, easily recognizable by the slightly shortened shaft and lead strip at the bottom. Tamashiro guessed it might have been in his garage for 15 years.

“As a Titleist for years and years, I’m sure he just collected the hitters,” said McLachlin. “He didn’t know why he was there.”

On Tuesday, Tamashiro brought the racquet to McLachlin in Waialae, and the duo told the whole story with Scotty Cameron himself, who is in Hawaii this week for the event.

“[Cameron] I think it was a really cool story,” said MacLachlan. “And I think hearing how people got their first Scotty Cameron and the stories behind that, I think it was really cool for him to hear.”

McLachlin has no plans to use that racquet this week — he has another in his bag that would do honours — but he said he enjoyed sharing the full moment with Cameron himself.

“Giving me that racquet was kind of my first start in the Titleist family,” said MacLachlan. “And just knowing where the whole journey takes us is amazing.”

Jack Hirsch

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Jack Hirsch is an assistant editor at GOLF. Born in Pennsylvania, Jack is a 2020 graduate of Penn State University, with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of the golf team in high school and is still *trying* to remain competitive among the local amateurs. Prior to joining GOLF, Jack spent two years working for a television station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as a multimedia journalist/reporter, but also producing, anchoring, and even presenting the weather. He can be reached at jack.hirsh@golf.com.

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