Stillwater’s Hailey Parks – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Scott Leming State Farm


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Senior Hailey Parks is a member of the varsity golf team at Stillwater High School. She is one of several senior girls on the team under head coach Kristy Self. 

““Hailey’s steady demeanor is a contributing factor to her consistency in golf and will also help her in achieving the goal of joining the FBI,” said coach Self. 

Last season, Parks was one of two girls that qualified for the state tournament. This season she is looking to help her team have more qualifiers and finish in the standings as a team. 

“I expect our team to make it to state this year. We are working hard to improve our scores and the way we play,” said Parks. “I love my teammates for many reasons, but what I love most is how we treat each other like family. We can joke with each other, tell each other anything, and love one another equally.”

Parks said her parents have influenced her on the off the course. Their lessons have helped pave the way for Parks to be successful in golf and in the classroom.

“I would say the biggest influences I have in my life would be my family. My mom, dad, and brother all influence me in different ways. My dad has taught me so much about being strong for others and myself. My mom has given me support and has taught me to keep reaching for my dreams no matter what obstacles I may face. Last but not least, my little brother has inspired me to be the best person I can be for him, my peers, and myself,” said Parks. 

Her golf career started when her father started taking her to play at a very young age. 

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“I started playing golf with my dad at the age of four and growing up I was involved with several sports. Activities faded as I got older, but I am still involved with martial arts,” Parks said. 

As a student-athlete, Parks believes the most important aspect of high school is making good grades. 

“My academics are very important to me because they help set a foundation for college and life after school,” said Parks. “I participate in a few clubs at the high school. I am involved with SMAC, Student Counsel, Key Club, and Beta Club. After graduation, I plan on attending The University of Central Oklahoma and double major in Forensic Science and Psychology,” said Parks. 

Being a student and athlete at Stillwater is something special to Parks. She loves the support she and other athletes get from her peers, teachers and staff. 

“One thing I love about being a student athlete at SHS is the opportunity to be involved. I have made many friends from this sport not only through my school but others. Another great thing about being an SHS athlete is many of the other student athletes support other sports as well,” said Parks. 

When she’s not hanging out with friends, you might find her at her favorite course, knocking that little white ball around. 

“One of my favorite places to play is the Canyons at Blackjack Ridge in Sand Springs, OK. This is one of my favorite places because of how beautiful the nature surrounding the course is. The course is unique and unlike several other courses because of the landscape,” said Parks.