published Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Who golfs? UAB student Parker Schilling

Parker Schilling

Schilling pulled an all-nighter studying at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Then he played golf.

The 21-year-old called it a "study break" when he played 18 holes at Highland Park in downtown Birmingham at sunrise during finals week.

"I keep my clubs with me at all times, and that morning I was the first one on the tee," Schilling said. "I had to play a little golf after studying all night."

Schilling is still relatively new to the game. He picked it up a few years ago when he played baseball at Hixson High School.

"I could kill the ball, but everything went right," Schilling said. "It was a tough transition from baseball to golf. Now my game is a lot better. I shot an 80 a couple weeks ago in Birmingham."

He tried to sneak in 18 holes Monday.

"It looked like it was clearing up, so i thought I could get a round in," said Schilling, who played seven holes Monday before the skies opened up. "I guess not."

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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