Lake Norman Luke Perino

Lake Norman’s Luke Perino shared the Iredell County Golf Championship medalist honors while helping lead the Wildcats to the team title.

The Lake Norman’s boys golf team is the cream of Iredell County’s fairway crop.

The Wildcats, fresh off capturing team medalist honors in the final I-Meck Conference match of the regular season, plowed their way through the countywide field in the annual spring season’s 18-hole match at the Statesville Country Club course. They crafted low-stroke scoring honors by a sizable cushion over the next nearest entry.

Lake Norman fired a score of 326 strokes to take top team honors with ease and emerge as outright champions of the Iredell County Golf Championship.

The Wildcats bested the second-place finishing all teams by a comfortable near 40-stroke edge to command top billing.

Mooresville settled for that second-place slot with a 364-stroke total. Other teams with enough players to turn in a team score included North Iredell with 394 strokes and West Iredell with 427 strokes. Representatives of the South Iredell and host Statesville teams also helped form the field.

For the Wildcats, it wound up being a double-whammy. That proved to be the case as the same-roster duo of Owen Swavely and Luke Perino each garnered an equal share on the match’s individual medalist bragging rights with matching scores of four-over-par 76 each.

The team’s caused was aided by the 85 carded by Sean Swavely as well as the 89 posted by Ryan Lux.

Teams tally together their four lowest scores to achieve a stroke total.

For Mooresville, it added up the team medalist round of 84 managed by Hayden Estes alongside the pair of 93’s each shot by Connor Tinucci and Jaxon Cabe, as well as the 94 fashioned by Alex Hayes to reach the runner-up score.

Golfers from both Lake Norman and Mooresville used the appearance to prepare for appearances in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A West Regional Golf Championship later this week. Qualifying Wildcats and Blue Devils will play in the 18-hole, stroke-play event that will take place at Statesville Country Club Tuesday.

From the regional field that officially has designated Mooresville as host, those making the cut will merit the right to advance on into later this month’s NCHSAA 4A state finals to be held at the Pinehurst No. 8 course May 13-14.

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