There was period when Dan Parkinson was raising his seven children that he simply put the clubs away. Many players can probably relate.

Parkinson’s off period lasted roughly 15 years. That he’s back, and leading a national senior event 2,500 miles from his Lehi, Utah, home, says it all about this sport.

“What other sport allows a guy, at my age, to have that competitive spirit again?” Parkinson.

At 65, Parkinson falls into the super senior category at the Golfweek Super Senor, Legends and Super Legends National Championship. After rounds of 68-70 at the Falls Club in Lake Worth, Florida, Parkinson is 6 under and on the top of the leaderboard.

Kevin Macy of Tampa, Florida, is second at even par.

“The harder the course is, the more advantage I have just because I play a lot of golf,” said Parkinson, who tees it up three or four times a week at Alpine Country Club in Highland, Utah.

In his Utah home, elevation comes into play. His home course sits right up against the mountains, at an elevation of 5,000 feet. Normally it takes longer for him to make the transition to such different course conditions. Where the elevation change is concerned, Parkinson says he’s not sure he hits it far enough to notice. His short irons are particularly affected, but once you get past 125 yards, it’s roughly a full club length of difference from sea level to his Utah home course.