It’s in times of crisis that people reach out to others. After the 9/11 tragedy, for example, millions of Americans donated money and blood. They felt compelled to contribute in some way. They wanted to create something good in the face of something so awful.
That same impulse held true in November 2014. That’s when 20-year old Parker Moore was murdered at a 7-11 store in Linfield, Oregon. The Woodinville native was a linebacker in his sophomore season at Linfield College. He was tall, charismatic, friendly and smart. He and a teammate went to buy beer and Moore was stabbed to death by a stranger inside the store. The senseless tragedy rocked the Linfield campus and devastated many in the city of Woodinville.
Four days later, a memorial service was held in Linfield. Friends and family from the Seattle area made the trek down there even though another memorial service would soon be held in Redmond.
Afterwards, a man named John Garberg was driving back home with his teenage son. They were good friends of the Moore family and quite fond of Parker. Feeling immense sorrow. they felt compelled to act. They wanted to create something positive and lasting from this horrible tragedy. They also knew how much Parker loved golf.
Garberg began asking around. The Parker Archie Moore Memorial Golf Tournament came into being. A company called Golf and Corporate Solutions stepped up to manage the event. And the Seattle Seahawks became a title sponsor. That first year, 160 people played golf at the Bear Creek Country Club. Over 50 stayed for dinner.
Last week, the tourney marked its third year. Proceeds from an auction went to the Parker Archie Moore Memorial Scholarship fund. It’s a scholarship that goes to a graduating senior at Woodinville High School or to an alumnus of WHS who will be continuing college in the fall of a given year.
Parker Moore’s dad, Doug, reflected on the feelings he and his wife Julee have for the event.
“Julee and I are wildly and humbly appreciative of these things happening,” Moore said. “We’re happy to attend but we certainly don’t promote it or ask anyone for money or anything like that. The company that manages it asks a small fee and does it for the purpose of bringing people together.”
One other tradition that has emerged involves Parker Moore’s old Woodinville jersey number of 44. Falcon football coach Wayne Maxwell awards that number to the player on his team who most exemplifies the qualities Moore had: Character, toughness, consistency and being a good teammate.
“At the tournament they named the boys,” Doug Moore said. “They have a strong senior group, they named two winners. “Jake Baillie and Jared Eisenbarth. Baillie is a super stud, and Eisenbarth is too. You can tell he is a pretty amazing kid.”
As Doug Moore golfed last week, he paused to reflect on the times he played golf with his late son.
“I have hundreds of favorite memories,” Doug said. “One of them was when Parker was about six years old. We were fortunate enough to go to Hawaii. We were with a family that had some connections in Kapalua. We stayed at a resort with first class everything.
“We go to the driving range,” he said. “There’s six year old Parker with a little club I had packed in my bag. One of the pros comes out with a view finder. Here is this little kid who takes a rip at it and the pro says `25 yards’... Parker takes another wack, `29 yards’. It was hilarious. Here’s this little blonde kid swinging mightily. That’s one of many memories.”