Willie Wood takes the first shot of the tournament on Friday morning in Snoqualmie. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Willie Wood takes the first shot of the tournament on Friday morning in Snoqualmie. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Scott Parel wins 2018 Boeing Classic

The 54-year-old golfer took his first win of his PGA Champions career.

After a final round comeback that put him at nine-under-par, Michigan native Scott Parel claimed the win at the 2018 Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie.

Parel ended the weekend at -18, a three stroke lead over the runner up Kevin Sutherland. In the last round, Parel set a course record by finishing the front nine with a six birdie streak. In an interview with PGA Tour Champions Communications specialist Jackie Servais, Parel said he was happy that his win would allow him to go on vacation with his wife.

“I mean, I’ve been dreaming about it since I got out here. I don’t know. It means I get to take my wife to Hawaii, I know that she’s been wanting to do that,” he said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. You know, it’s like I said, it’s a blessing just to be able to play out here and now, you know, know that I’ll be, you know, able to play next year. That’s always been my goal in the position that I’m in is to play well enough to where I’m going to have status every year.”

The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge also hosted the Korean Air Pro-Am on Aug. 22 and 23 before the Boeing Classic began on the Aug. 24.

Despite a cloudy Friday morning, the Classic still held its annual Boeing jet flyover at the end of the opening ceremonies to kick off the tournament. Hundreds of spectators gathered on the back lawn of the clubhouse to watched the plane fly over the 18th hole and swing back around over their heads. In addition to the week of competitive golf, there were also other events held at the course as well including the Seahawks Rumble at the Ridge charity event and youth clinics.

Scott Parel, winner of the 2018 Boeing Classic. Courtesy Photo

Scott Parel, winner of the 2018 Boeing Classic. Courtesy Photo

The crowd looks around to spot the Boeing plane flying above them. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

The crowd looks around to spot the Boeing plane flying above them. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Everyone grabs their phones to get a picture of the low-flying plane. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Everyone grabs their phones to get a picture of the low-flying plane. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

2017 Boeing Classic winner Jerry Kelly gives a speech during the opening ceremony of this year’s event. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

2017 Boeing Classic winner Jerry Kelly gives a speech during the opening ceremony of this year’s event. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Players warm up on the practice green before the tournament begins. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Players warm up on the practice green before the tournament begins. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

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