Rebels rolling through RRC
It's been more than 20 years since Parkwood High's boys golf team has won a conference championship.
The Rebels haven't won the league in boys golf since 1992, but it looks like the 22-year drought is coming to an end.
Parkwood has won all four Rocky River Conference matches this season,
including a pair of nine-hole victories at Monroe Country Club on
"The guys we have now realize that golf has to be a year-around sport," said Parkwood coach Doug Nesmith. "They understand you can't start playing two weeks before the season starts and expect to have a good season."
The Rebels have struggled in recent years, competing in the Southern Carolina 3A/4A Conference for four seasons. The league featured state powerhouses Porter Ridge (4A), Marvin Ridge (3A) and Weddington (3A).
Parkwood has since been reclassified to a 2A conference.
"Before this season we were playing in a conference with Weddington, Marvin Ridge and Porter, and those teams battled it out at the top," said Nesmith. "Now that we've moved down to 2A we are able to compete at a higher level."
The Rebels have relied on a pair of standout seniors in Chase Brown and Ryan McManus, who are the top two scorers in the conference.
Brown fired a 37 and a 38 in the two matches on Monday, helping Parkwood finish first with scores of 165 and 160. McManus turned in a 40 and a 38.
Brown leads the conference with a 37.0 scoring average, while McManus
is second at 38.5.
"Ryan and Chase have carried us," said Nesmith. "They are neck-and-neck almost every match they play. If one guy shoots a 36, the other will shoot 37. That's just how it's been for those guys."
Brown has shot a round in the 30's in all four matches, while McManus has accomplished the feat in three of the four.
"When those two guys play well it gives the other guys a lot of confidence," said Nesmith. "It's nice knowing we can count on their scores. They're not only our two best players, but two of the best players in the conference."
Parkwood also got a 41 and a 42 from Braxton Sapp on Monday.
Central Academy finished second in both matches with a 183 and a 175.
Gabe Horne led the Cougars with a 43 and a 44. He's currently fourth in the individual standings with a 42.25 average.
The Rebels lead the team standings with four points, followed by Central Academy (11), West Stanly (12), Mount Pleasant (15), Forest Hills (18) and Monroe (24).
All six RRC teams return to action on Monday at Red Bridge Golf Club.
The 18-hole conference tournament will be played at Eagle Chase Golf
Club on April 29.