The community of Parryville recently recognized one of their own outstanding athletes, Carl Wolter III, by adopting a resolution to rename a playground after him.
Wolter, who grew up in Parryville, won the state javelin title while at Lehighton and at Penn State, he became an All-American in Track and Field. He became the javelin record holder in the Big Ten Conference.
Now Wolter is known for his award-winning long drives on the golf course. In both 2002 and 2011, he earned the title of RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion.
On Nov. 5, 2011, Wolter clinched the world championship title at the ReMax World Long Driving Championship in Mesquite, Nevada.
He also defeated Ben Tuaone to win his second Open Division title, earning $150,000 and bragging rights as the longest hitter in the world. He struck massive drives of 446 yards in his quarterfinal win over 2008-09 champion Jamie Sadlowski and 459 yards in his semifinal win over 2010 champion Joe Miller.
Wolter has maintained a top 10 ranking for his forceful swing over the past nine years.
Wolter said his secret is a technique he learned through throwing the javelin. The ability to transfer his weight from the right to the left side just before impact is key.
Rep. Doyle Heffley also hosted Wolter and his family at the state Capitol to recognize him for his achievement. House Resolution 735, which passed unanimously, recognized Wolter for his massive 409-yard drive on the golf course.
"It's an honor knowing that Carbon County is home to a world champion," said Heffley. "Beyond his accomplishments on the golf course, Carl displays championship characteristics off the course as well."
in 2012, Wolter was inducted into the Carbon County Hall of Fame. He is currently a health and physical education teacher at William Allen High School, where he is impacting the lives of young people.
The formal dedication of the playground will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11. Confirmed speakers for the event are: Rep. Heffley; state Sen. Dave Argall; Carbon County Commissioner Tom Gerhard; Ben Witter, Carl's coach; Mike Grant, council president; and Parryville Mayor Dean Emrey.
To make reservations to attend the event call 610-349-2387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.