Lucas John Kendall Parsons was born in Orange on 4 October 1969. His sporting endeavours started at Calare Primary School, where he played cricket and soccer, contested State Championships in swimming and won a gold medal in the New South Wales Primary Schools Diving Championships. In his spare time Lucas also represented Western Districts in Basketball.
His generous talents were sharpened at Orange High School where he played cricket, represented Central West in rugby, Captained his school in Rugby League's University Shield, played first grade Australian rules, won the school swimming Championship and opened the batting and bowling in Orange first grade cricket. When time permitted he played a little golf.
Lucas represented Combined High Schools golf teams on three occasions and captained the State in his last year at school. During this period he performed brilliantly in a number of sports. In 1983 he won his first golf competition at Orange Golf Club and this was probably a time of decision in his sporting life.
In 1985 Lucas's golf wins included the New South Wales CHS Matchplay Championship, the Central West Junior Championship, the Wentworth Junior Classic and the Pymble Junior Championship. He was also selected in the NSW Junior Golf squad. His career continued to flourish during the 1980s with some brilliant amateur wins all over Australia. In 1990 he was selected to represent Australia in the Clare Higson Trophy against New Zealand.
In 1991 Lucas represented Australia on four occasions, was winner of the Australian Amateur Championship, Australian Amateur Medal (for stroke play), the New Zealand Amateur Championship and the Asian Pacific Games (individual) in Manila. 1992 saw the genial Orange big hitter represent Australia in the world amateur championships at Vancouver where 120 countries were represented. He also chose to move into the professional ranks with his first success making the cut in the Malaysian Masters, followed by a fourth in the PGA Championship in Singapore and a second in the Air New Zealand Open after a playoff with Nick Price.
Lucas's first tournament win as a professional came in November 1993 with a win in the Victorian open and in October 1994 he took out his second major event, the Queensland Open, which he dedicated to his father and greatest fan John Parson, who had passed away just a month earlier.
The future is wide open for this young golfing champion and many a record book will be re-written before he retires from his wisely chose number one sport - golf.