Lucas Parsons


Past Champion



Age: 54 years old
Place of Birth: Orange, New South Wales, Australia
Turned Professional: 1992

Notable Achievements

  • 2000 Greg Norman Holden International
  • 1999 Finnish Masters
  • 1999 Challenge de Sablé
  • 1998 Queensland PGA Championship
  • 1997 Queensland PGA Championship
  • 1993 Victorian Open
  • 1994 Queensland Open
  • 1995 Air New Zealand Open

An Aussie who won the New Zealand Open and then turned Masterchef!

Lucas  Parsons born in Orange, New South Wales and as an amateur, he won both the Australian and New Zealand Amateur Championships in 1991. He turned professional the following year and joined the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Parsons won seven tournaments on the PGA Tour of Australasia, including the New Zealand Open in 1995. Hosted by the Wellington Golf Club on January 12th to 15th the championship was held in fine, sunny weather. The swirling breezes for which the course is noted could well have caused some lost scoring opportunities, but the Heretaunga layout is not easily conquered. Harwood, who scored 66 in the opening round led the field to the final day, but could not maintain the pace. At various times during the afternoon, the lead changed with New Zealanders Smail, Turner and Campbell all prominent. It was, however, Lucas Parsons, whose final round 68 sealed the win, giving him a six-under-par total of 282

He played one unsuccessful season on the United States-based PGA Tour in 1996. He also played for a time on the European Tour after graduating from the second-tier Challenge Tour in 1999, having won two tournaments and finished 10th on the money list. His best season-end ranking on the European Tour Order of Merit was 37th in 2000, the year he won the Greg Norman Holden International, also a PGA Tour of Australasia event. He finished a career-best 2nd on that tour’s Order of Merit at the end of the 1999/2000 season.

Having retired from tournament golf at the end of 2008, Parsons now runs a café in Randwick, New South Wales and was a participant in the first season of the competitive cooking television show MasterChef Australia. He hoped to expand his business and open a restaurant. Parsons beat celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue in the sixth Celebrity Chef Challenge to guarantee himself a place in the finals. He was the first finalist eliminated on 13 July 2009 followed by former competitor Julia Jenkins who also won a celebrity chef challenge.

Last updated 13 August, 2020

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