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Frontier’s Evan Cunningham to golf for Pios

NEW MATAMORAS — Frontier High School’s Evan Cunningham will continue his career as a student-athlete at Marietta College for head golf coach Tom Arison.

The Cougar, who earned the MC Compass Scholarship and also has released a six-song EP that’s on both Spotify and Apple Music, has lots of interests but wasn’t sure if golfing in college would happen.

“I never really thought that I would, but coach Arison called and left me a message and wanted to have a meeting with me and it went really well and I decided I’d give it a shot and most people would kill for this chance,” admitted Cunningham.

Cunningham said he did make some visits, but “I had my heart set on Marietta since my sophomore year. My oldest brother (C.J.) was there and he just loved it.”

Since the second semester of his junior year, the Cougar has been part of the College Credit Plus program while attending Washington State Community College.

“I’ll be a freshman, but the goal is to get out of there in three years,” said Cunningham, who expects to have more than 40 college credits going in.

“I’m planning to go major in music therapy and minor in business. It really just puts two of my favorite things together. I do music. I’m a singer, songwriter, play acoustic guitar and I’ve played a lot of gigs.”

Golfing was something Cunningham didn’t start taking seriously until he began competing in high school.

“I always did it for fun,” he said while noting of his music career he’s been “solo for about two years. My grandma bought a guitar at a yard sale probably 10 years ago for all the grandkids. I kind of took it.”

Frontier’s golf program for head man Scott Murphy was a club sport until this past season.

“We finally got school affiliated and that was awesome for the program,” Cunningham said. “That way we could play at the big tournaments like the OVAC and sectionals.”

The Cougars managed a runner-up showing in the OVAC 1A tournament.

Cunningham said his top finish this year was taking fifth at the Washington County Invitational.

“I’ve gotten a lot better. It’s crazy how much my golf game has improved in the last three years,” he said.

“Consistency is what I need to improve on the most. I feel that can come with working with coach. I’ve never had lessons of any sort, except my dad because he’s awesome.”

A resident of Newport, Cunningham said he plans to commute his first year and “after that I plan to get an apartment off campus.”

Although he knows his future isn’t likely going to be on the PGA Tour, Cunningham is hoping to contribute and make the Pioneers a better team.

“Marietta College is pretty small so I felt that would be a good transition,” he added. “I’d like to stay local and become a music therapist and if not I’ll have a business minor to fall back on.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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