By Kerry Patrick
Special to The Times
VIENNA, W.Va. - A little luck never hurt anyone. At least not for Parkersburg South golfer Alex Schreckengost.
During a tri-meet with Parkersburg High and Marietta Wednesday at Parkersburg Country Club, Schreckengost's group was the lone threesome to complete its round of nine holes and escape a 10-minute deluge of pouring rain which skewed the rest of the scores.
Schreckengost birdied one hole and finished with a 3-over par 39 to capture medalist honors and lead the Patriots victory. South's team score of 164 edged PHS by two strokes and left Marietta six strokes back.
Rounding out the South contingent were Sam Boso (41), Adeena Shears (42) and Dylan Cress (42).
At Parkersburg Country Club
Front nine (Par 36)
Team scores: Parkersburg South 164; Parkersburg High 166; Marietta 170
Medalist: Alex Schreckengost, South, 39
South (63-11-1): Alex Schreckengost 39, Sam Boso 41, Adeena Shears 42, Dylan Cress 42, Noah Smith 45, Trevor Gorrell 50
PHS (71-22-2): Lucas Prine 40, Whitney Milhoan 41, Ian McElroy 42, Austin Davis 43, Lauryn Davidson 43, Remy Toncray 46
Marietta: Nathan Matheny 42, Nick Thieman 42, Jeffrey Hensler 43, Garrett Bertram 43, Max Fitzgerald 46, Matt Fitzgerald 49
Next match: Marietta at Dover Invitational (Oak Shadows Golf Club), Saturday; Warren at South, today at South Hills; PHS, South, Marietta at Marietta Country Club, Wednesday
"We're just happy to be getting extra practice here," South coach Sherry Morris said. "We have the City Cup in a week and the regionals also are here. I told the kids that as many times as we can get on here and play, it helps."
PHS, which won't compete again until next Wednesday when these same three golf programs get together for a nine-hole meet at Marietta Country Club, received a pleasant surprise out of their Nos. 4 and 5 golfers with Ian McElroy (42) and Whitney Milhoan (41). Despite having three double-bogeys on his card, Lucas Prine paced the Big Reds with a 40, while Austin Davis and Lauryn Davidson each carded a 43.
"We didn't play as well as we could have," PHS coach Don Snider said. "Anytime you are on your home course you want to win.
"As far as as our Nos. 4 and 5 golfers, they are getting to where they need to get to help us."
Marietta, which participates at Saturday's Dover Invitational, witnessed consistency with its top four - Nathan Matheny (42), Nick Thieman (42), Jeffrey Hensler (43) and Garrett Bertram (43) - but Tigers coach John Doughty expected scores to be somewhat lower.
"The rain kind of got us there at the end, but I'm pleased with how they played tonight," Doughty said. "We play these schools two more times, so I'm sure it will change. The team scores are very comparable."
As for Schreckengost, his only birdie occurred at the 509-yard, par 5 sixth hole. He drained a 15-footer to put him at even par.
He bogeyed his last three holes, and that's when the skies opened up. The rest of the field tried playing through the wet conditions, and play was finally suspended for nearly 20 minutes before the sun peaked out.
"When the rain came, I was running to the rain shelter as soon as I finished out," Schreckengost said.
"I wouldn't want to have been in the place of the other golfers, that's for sure.
"I've played in those conditions a bunch. It's not fun. Grips get wet, greens are slow and you are putting through water."