BELPRE - The Marietta High duo of Jeffrey Hensler and Nathan Matheny shot a 75 each to lead the Tigers to victory at the Washington County Golf Championship at Oxbow Golf Course Friday.
Hensler and Matheny were each four over par to earn co-medalist honors, while their teammates Garrett Bertram and Nick Thieman chipped in with an 84 and an 86, respectively, to give Marietta a score of 320 on the day, five strokes better than second place Belpre.
"They come in with really good scores," said Marietta head coach John Doughty of his top two golfers. "75 is a really great score for both of them."
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Belpre’s Alex Perry (left) putts on the 18th hole at Oxbow Golf Course Friday during the Washington County Golf Championship. Marietta’s Nick Thieman (center) and Waterford’s Jordan Welch (right) look on.
Matheny was able to overcome some putting struggles by driving the ball well.
"I hit a bunch of fairways," the senior golfer said. "I had a bunch of three-putts, so that wasn't good. I think I had three three-putts. I had a bunch of birdie opportunities I didn't take advantage of, but I hit a fair amount of greens."
Matheny made a big play on hole No. 7 after over-shooting the green.
At Oxbow Golf Course
Team scores: Marietta 320, Belpre 325, Warren 342, Waterford 361, Fort Frye 419
Marietta: Jeffrey Hensler 35, 40 - 75; Nathan Matheny 36, 39 - 75; Garrett Bertram 41, 43 - 84; Nick Thieman 44, 42 - 86.
Belpre: Sam Petty 38, 39 - 77; Brennan Ferrell 42, 39 - 81; Hayden Plummer 38, 44; Alex Perry 40, 45 - 85; Logan Plummer 44, 46 - 86; Jackie Cunningham 44, 47 - 91.
Warren: Kyler Dennis 40, 42 - 82; Max Hapney 39, 43 - 82; Reece Patton 40, 44 - 84; Braxton Harter 44, 50 - 94; Robert Henry 43, 54 - 97; Josh Jankauskas 52, 54 - 106.
Waterford: Brent Ginther 40, 45 - 85; Cameron Bosner 44, 44 - 88; Jordan Welch 46, 44 - 90; Alex Branham 45, 53 - 93; Randee Seevers 50, 50 - 100; Josh Stewart 51, 50 - 101.
Fort Frye: Brennan Schilling 44, 54 - 98; Devin Brooker 48, 51 - 99; Brad Martin 50, 49 - 99; Maggie Huck 60, 63 - 123; Kyle Massey 62, 67 - 129; Gabe Duskey 62, 81 - 143.
JV scores: Marietta 216, Warren 217, Waterford 239, Belpre n/a
Marietta: Max Fitzgerald 47, Matt Fitzgerald 48, Jack Hirschfield 52, Alli Swisher 69.
Warren: Turner Schilling 51, Anzley Schenz 53, Jane Kubala 56, Drew Simms 57, Brendan Seeburger 57, Sam Long 59.
Waterford: Bobby Thomas 52, Seth Tullius 59, Isaac Trader 61, Jared Miller 67, Andrew McCutcheon 71.
Belpre: Alana Delancey 56, Hayden Lowe 62, Drew Plummer 71.
"No. 7, I hit it long and I chipped it in for birdie, so that was pretty exciting," he said. "It was like 200 yards out and I hit the club that I should have, but it was shorter than what it said and it went a little over.
"It was exciting not having to putt," he said, grinning.
Hensler, on the other hand, did most of his damage once reaching the greens.
"I putted pretty good," he said. "I didn't hit the ball very well. I think I only hit like two fairways. I had a triple (bogey) and a double, and I had like four birdies."
One of those birdies came on the 18th hole.
After driving to the right of the fairway, Hensler was able to hit the ball onto the fringe of the green with his gap wedge and sink a 20-foot putt to finish the day strong.
Doughty said the early-season win was big for the team's morale as it gets ready for tournaments in Parkersburg and Waterford next week.
"I think our guys really needed that," he said.
"To have a win under our belts, I think that's big for the guys' confidence going into this next week."
Scott Miller-coached Belpre was led by Sam Petty's round of 77. Brennan Ferrell shot an 81, Hayden Plummer an 82 and Alex Perry an 85 as the Golden Eagles combined for a score of 325.
At 342, Warren finished third on the day. Kyler Dennis and Max Hapney each led the Warriors by carding an 82. Reece Patton shot an 84 and Braxton Harter had a 94.
"We're inexperienced and young," said Warren head coach Nathan Evans. "We've just got to get better. I think our young guys are playing well right now.
"We'll just keep working through it and get better."
Waterford came in fourth place, scoring 361 as a team. Brent Ginther shot a team-best 85, while Cameron Bosner contributed an 88. Jordan Welch shot a 90 and Alex Branham a 98.
"I was happy with them," said Josh Arnold, head coach of Waterford. "Probably not the scores I'd want to see late in September, but for early August, I thought we did alright."
Fort Frye rounded out the group with a score of 419. Brennan Schilling led the Cadets with a 98, followed by Devin Brooker and Brad Martin at 99.
The Marietta junior varsity squad was also victorious, scoring 216 to defeat Warren by a stroke. Max Fitzgerald carded a 47 to lead all JV golfers.