Dartmouth Men’s Golf Coach
In October 2005, Rich Parker was promoted to head coach of the Dartmouth men’s golf team after serving as interim coach during the 2005 fall season. Parker is a former tour pro and is currently the general manager at Carter Golf Club in Lebanon, N.H.
As interim coach, Parker led the Big Green to three runner-up finishes in five tournaments, including a best-ever second-place showing at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship.
A widely recognized golfer throughout the Upper Valley area, Parker has had notable success on several professional tours, and was the PGA player of the year in two states — New Hampshire (1999) and Vermont (1997). He qualified for the 1990 U.S. Open at Medinah, and posted respectable rounds of 78-76 on the par 72, 6,996-yard layout.
He won the Greater Portland (Maine) Open in 2003, and is chair of the Greenie Invitational Benefit Golf Tournament, an event held each summer at Carter G.C. since 1999.
The 2001 Massachusetts Open champion, Parker has worked at golf courses throughout the Upper Valley area, serving as the director of golf at the Fore-U Golf Center in West Lebanon, N.H. from 1999-2002. Prior to that, he was an assistant pro at Lake Sunapee C.C. in 1998 and Lake Morey C.C. in 1997. He also spent time as an assistant and teaching pro at Laconia C.C. from 1992-93.
During his colorful career, Parker has played several professional circuits, including the Hogan Tour in 1990-91 and the Nike Tour in 1994.
A member of the Plymouth State Hall of Fame, Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in 1984. He captained the golf, basketball and baseball teams.
A former member of the Lebanon School Board, Parker helped coach varsity basketball at Lebanon High School from 1986-88 and headed Lebanon’s golf program from 1986-89.
Parker lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire with his wife, Barbara and three children, Virginia, Anna and Trey.
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In August of 2006, both the Dartmouth men’s and women’s golf programs received recognition from Golf Digest as being among the top 50 schools in the country that provide the best education as well as an opportunity to play golf.
Golf Digest evaluated nearly 1,300 golf programs across the country and ranked them on the basis of their athletic program as well as their educational opportunity. Both the Big Green men’s and women’s programs were ranked in the top 25.
The Dartmouth women’s program was ranked 13th in the country. The Big Green men’s golf program was given a rank of 21st in the nation.
These rankings are compiled annually by Golf Digest to give high school juniors — who are looking to excel not only in the classroom, but on the golf course as well — an idea as to which schools they should apply.