South edges PHS, MHS in tri-match

MARIETTA-A triangular golf match at Marietta Country Club Wednesday went down to the wire as one stroke separated Parkersburg South and Parkersburg while Marietta was also close behind.

The Patriots were victorious with a score of 161, edging out the Big Reds’ 162. The Tigers scored a 164 on their home course to finish third in what was a very competitive match. South head coach Sherry Morris was happy to see her team come out on top.

“We’ve had a couple kids that have been struggling off the tee or struggling with putting and a couple of them came through today,” Morris said. “They meshed pretty well. It was on the side of the course that they normally don’t play unless they play the Callaway tournament here in the summer. Most matches are on the front nine, so I was excited for them to gel again for today.”

Competing on the course’s last nine holes, South’s Alex Schreckengost, Parkersburg’s Austin Davis and Marietta’s Jeffrey Hensler all carded 38 on the day to earn co-medalist honors.

“My one, two, three, four (golfers) float around depending on qualifiers,” Morris said. “(Schreckengost) has struggled a little bit here lately trying to get his game back to where he wants it. Tonight he said ‘It’s all good.'”

Schreckengost bogeyed his final three holes or his score would’ve been even lower.

It was each team’s second best score that proved to be the difference in the match. While South’s Adeena Shears scored a 39, Parksburg’s Lucas Prine and Marietta’s Garrett Bertram each shot a 40.

“I thought Garrett stepped up and played well,” said MHS coach John Doughty. “His last couple matches, as a matter of fact, he’s finally found the putter which is what he was struggling with.”

For the Patriots, No. 6 golfer Chase Porter came up big with a 41 while Drew Yanok contributed a 43 to round out the team score. Also, Trevor Gorrell shot a 48 and Dylan Cress had a 50 for South.

“The sixth man comes in with a score that counts, shooting a 41,” Morris said. “That made a big difference.”

The Big Reds got a 41 from Lauryn Davidson and a 43 from Whitney Milhoan to total 162. Isaac Prine and Remy Toncray came in with a 44 and 50, respectively.

Like South, Marietta also got a boost from its sixth golfer as Matthew Earley recorded a 42 on the day.

“Matthew coming through again,” Doughty said. “With your freshmen you’re gonna have up days, you’re gonna have down days. Tonight was an up day for us.”

Max Fitzgerald’s 44 rounded out the Tigers’ team score, while Matt Fitzgerald added a 47 and Nick Thieman had a 48. Thieman, Marietta’s No. 2 golfer, has been dealing with a nagging back injury which affected his score. Doughty focused on the positives from the match.

“I’m very happy that we were competitive, compared to last week when we got beat I think by 10 strokes or something like that,” Doughty said. “At least this one was manageable, only losing by three. Parkersburg and Parkersburg South are very good teams. It’s nice to have competitions with those guys year-in and year-out because you know you’re gonna get good competition.”