Marvin Ridge Wins SCC Golf While Cuthbertson Takes Second, Weddington Third

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From start to finish, the Marvin Ridge High School boys golf team had no equal.

The Mavericks completed a perfect Southern Carolina Conference schedule by winning the conference golf tournament April 25 at the Monroe Country Club. Marvin Ridge fired a 297 to defeat second-place Cuthbertson (306) by seven strokes. Weddington finished third with a 326.

Marvin Ridge, Cuthbertson and Weddington all advance to the Class 3A Regional Tournament. Marvin Ridge entered the conference tournament on a roll after winning all six regular season SCC matches.

“We are very pleased,” said Marvin Ridge golf coach Al Webster. “We have some really solid depth. The guys did a great job. All the guys are working hard and contributing. The scores we had (at conference) were consistently in the mid 70s. That is the thing we need to keep doing.”

Senior Zack Swanson completed a stellar conference season with a 1-over 73 at the conference match. Swanson is the top individual golfer from the SCC heading to regionals after finishing with a sizzling 35.3 stroke average for nine holes. Swanson won the SCC Most Valuable Player award.

Sophomore Connor Targonski was next for the Mavericks with a 2-over 74. Tyler Haines and Zach Pardoll both carded 75s for Marvin Ridge while Will Frye fired an 81.

“Connor played pretty well,” Webster said. “All the guys have the ability to shoot even-par.”

Prior to winning the SCC championship, Marvin Ridge finished third at the prestigious Pinecrest Invitational. That tournament featured most of the top golf programs in the state regardless off classification.

Pardoll led the Mavericks with a 2-under par 70 which was good for a fourth-place tie. Swanson carded a 1-under 71 and finished in eighth place.

“We were going up against all the big 4A schools,” Webster said. “That was a fantastic showing.”

Dakota Hearne led Cuthbertson with a 2-over 74 at the SCC tourney while Ray Dawood followed with a 75. Ryan O’Neil was next for the Cavaliers with a 78 while Wes Helms and Ryan Royse fired 79 and 80, respectively.

Weddington coach Ron Bays said one of the Warriors’ goals this season was to advance to the regional tournament.

“That is always a goal,” Bays said. “Getting past the regionals is always a goal, but you almost have to play flawlessly. I know we can get past regionals as a team, we just can’t miss our putts.”

Ethan Schwartz led Weddington with a even-par 72. Schwartz finished in third place among the SCC golfers advancing as individuals to the regional.

“Ethan had a great day at conference and he has actually been on quite a roll the last couple of weeks,” Bays said. “I really think Ethan can definitely get past regionals.”

Ben Lasseter finished with an 82 for Weddington while Bradley Link and Trevor Tubman carded 85s. Cody Hammer finished with a 87.

Southern Carolina Conference Regional Individual Qualifiers (Nine hole average)

Zack Swanson, Marvin Ridge, 35.3

Ray Dawood, Cuthbertson, 36.6

Ethan Schwartz, Weddington, 37.4

Zach Pardoll, Marvin Ridge, 37.6

Tyler Haines, Marvin Ridge, 37.7

Dakota Hearne, Cuthbertson, 38.0

Will Frye, Marvin Ridge, 38.5

Ryan O’Neil, Cuthbertson, 39.1

Ben Lasseter, Weddington, 39.8

Brandon Poplin, Piedmont, 40.3

Ryan Royse, Cuthbertson, 41.0

Wes Helms, Cuthbertson, 41.5

Bradley Link, Weddington, 42.6

Shawn Pasternak, Sun Valley, 43.7

Chris Viegelmann, Sun Valley, 44.1

Garrett Snyder, Piedmont, 44.1

Cody Hammer, Weddington, 44.4







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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen lives in Matthews with his wife, Susan. He can be reached at