VIENNA, W.Va. - Following an historical day for the Parkersburg High School golf program at the Mountain State Athletic Conference Meet, the Big Reds had to charge up the amps once again for a tri match with Parkersburg South and Marietta at Parkersburg Country Club on Wednesday.
Behind a 39 from the trio of Ryan Anderson, Lucas Prine and Austin Davis, PHS evened the score in head-to-head meetings with South this season at 3 apiece after turning in a team score of 159. Also contributing to the Big Reds' cause was Lauryn Davidson with a 42. It was only 24 hours earlier that the sophomore became the first female golfer from the school to earn all-tournament honors at the MSAC.
The MSAC experience began with a road trip beginning at 5:45 in the morning and returning to the Mid-Ohio Valley nearly 12 hours later.
"To get up, make up work and go to the school then come here ... I thought we'll see how it goes," PHS coach Don Snider said. "Thank goodness it was on our course, so I'm sure that helped."
Jared Hammons' 2-over par 37 led Marietta to a runner-up finish at 161, while South followed with a 164 despite a pair of 40s from Trent McCutcheon and Adeena Shears. For the second straight meet, Shears turned in a low score for the Patriots after shooting even par 36 at South Hills Golf Course the previous day in a dual meet with Warren.
The rest of the South contingent was made up of Garrett Dailey and Sam Boso, both carding a 42.
Rounding out the scoring for the Tigers were Nathan Matheny (41), Jeff Hensler (41) and Joe Broughton (42). The nine-hole match marked Marietta's first following a full day in classes.
Hammons managed to take medalist honors while coping with a lunch which didn't agree with him as well as a sore knee.
"I had a little bit of a stomach issue there mid-round," Hammons said. "I'm not sure what I ate for lunch, but it didn't settle with me well. I was more concerned with just getting to the end than my score today."
The same three schools hook up again Wednesday at Marietta Country Club.
"This is a fun match -I like these Wednesday matches," Snider said. "Those kids from Marietta are pretty good. The top of their lineup is really solid. And South just has more depth than us."
At Parkersburg Country Club
Front nine (par 35)
Team scores: Parkersburg 159, Marietta 161, Parkersburg South 164
Medalist: Jared Hammons, Marietta, 37
Parkersburg (69-52-2): Ryan Anderson 39, Lucas Prine 39, Austin Davis 39, Lauryn Davidson 42, Michael West 44, Chase Coe 57
Marietta (52-8): Jared Hammons 37, Joe Broughton 42, Nathan Matheny 41, Jeff Hensler 41, Garrett Bertram 43, Nick Thieman 45
Parkersburg South (66-49): Trent McCutcheon 40, Adeena Shears 40, Garrett Dailey 42, Sam Boso 42, Alex Scheckengost 43, Chase Porter 43
Next match: Marietta at Dover Invitational, Saturday; Parkersburg South vs. Brooke, Morgantown and John Marshall, Tuesday at Jones Course; Parkersburg and Parkersburg South vs. Marietta, Wednesday at Marietta Country Club