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January 7, 2014

Westwood job stays in house

NORMAN — There will be continuity at Westwood Park Golf Course. Barring some sort of unforeseen rejection by Norman City Council, longtime assistant pro Rick Parish will soon become the new head pro at the city’s only municipal golf course.

A 19-year veteran at Westwood, Parish, 47, has accepted the job offered by Jud Foster, Norman’s parks and recreation director, and Steve Lewis, Norman’s city manager.

Parish accepted and signed a two-year contract that will pay him a base salary of $42,500, according to Foster. That number, though, does not reflect Parish’s full compensation package.

A very similar contract to the one his 29-year predecessor, David Lisle, worked under, Parish will own and operate the pro shop himself and continue to give lessons.

At the city council’s next regular meeting, scheduled for Jan. 14, it is actually the contract, between Parish and the city, that will be up for approval.

“He’s a good golf pro, he has demonstrated some excellent skills … Obviously, he knows the operation, he knows the people, he knows the customer base and he’s got a lot of local support,” Foster said. “We’ve worked with him long enough to know that he knows the operation very well.”

Members of the city council, as well as the golf course staff, were informed on Monday of Parish’s acceptance of the job.

“It feels really good,” Parish said Monday afternoon. “I’m excited, a little nervous, but I feel like I’m ready to go.”

Parish said he has no grand plans to change anything.  It may well be enough just to fill the shoes of Lisle, who will leave behind a course that’s been a trailblazer in terms of introducing new players to the game, as well as one that gets about 36,000 rounds of golf played upon it each year.

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