It was business as usual for Jared Hammons Wednesday, as the Marietta senior shot a 36 to earn medalist honors as well as help the Tigers defeat Parkersburg South and Parkersburg in a 9-hole golf match at Marietta Country Club.
"I'm very pleased," Hammons said. "It was really hot out there, so just to get through that with a decent score is fine. We had a huge contribution from freshman Jeffrey Hensler. Everyone else was pretty consistent in the low 40s."
The combination of heat and humidity proved to be a factor in the match, as everyone shot over par on the day.
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Marietta High’s Garrett Bertram follows through after a drive at Marietta Country Club Wednesday.
As a team, the Tigers shot a 158 in the outing. Along with Hammons' 36, Hensler contributed a 38, Nick Thieman and Garrett Bertram each shot a 42, and Nathan Matheney and Joe Broughton rounded out the scoring with a 44 each.
With six matches left before sectional play, Marietta head coach John Doughty likes the way his team is performing.
"I thought we played very well," Doughty said. "Knowing the course definitely helped us tonight. The way we're playing right now, I'm very pleased."
Parkersburg South finished second in the tri-match, shooting a 176 as a team. The Patriots were led by Alex Schreckengost and Sam Boso, who each shot a 42. Garrett Dailey and Mason Winans each shot a 46, with Noah Smith contributing a 48 and Adeena Shears a 49.
Parkersburg finished third with a 181 team score. Leading the Big Reds was Austin Davis with a 41, with Lucas Prine close behind at 42. Michael West shot a 48 and Remy Tomcray pitched in with a 50. Ian McElroy and Lauryn Davidson rounded out the Parkersburg scoring with a 51 each.
Hammons said he was pleased with the team's performance after a shaky outing in Parkersburg a week ago.
"We didn't have a very good outing at Parkersburg Country Club as a team last week," Hammons said. "So to bounce back tonight was a big deal for us. We have two big matches coming up. Hopefully everyone's confidence is pretty high right now."
Marietta's record improved to 60-13 on the season.
The Tigers are back in action today at 2 p.m. at Cambridge.