By Jay W. Bennett
Special to The Times
MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. - Marietta dominated the Wood County Middle School golf championship here Wednesday at Woodridge Golf Club and Tiger eighth-grader Gage Herb fired a 3-over par 74 to win medalist honors.
JAY W. BENNETT Special to The Times
Marietta eighth-grader Gage Herb carded a 3-over par 74 to win medalist honors in the Wood County Middle School golf championship Wednesday at Woodridge Golf Club in Mineral Wells, W.Va.
Marietta, which also landed Austyn Chen (5th, 87), Caleb Scharff (6th, 89) and Heath Hill (tied 7th, 90) on the all-tournament team, posted a winning total of 340.
"I thought I had a pretty good shot," Herb said of winning, despite the fact he had only played one practice round at Woodridge.
Herb, who was even with Parkersburg Catholic's Carson Okraska (tied 3rd, 82) after nine holes with respective 37s, topped runner-up Isaac Prine. Prine, an eighth-grader at Jackson, finished with a 78 and was last year's tournament co-medalist.
Wood County Middle School Golf
Championship at Woodridge,
Team scores: Marietta 340, Edison 378, Jackson 386, Blennerhassett 390, Warren 413, Parkersburg Catholic 421, Williamstown 456, VanDevender 457, Hamilton 466*, Marietta St. Johns 466, Belpre 484, Ritchie County 512
Marietta (12-0 regular season champions) - Gage Herb 74, Austyn Chen 87, Caleb Scharff 89, Heath Hill 90, Blake Satterfield 108
Warren - Nick Ward 87, Austin Barth 98, Nick Proctor 108, Kyle Burns 125, Michael Phelps 136
Parkersburg Catholic - Carson Okraska 87, Bryce Moore 102, Ty Sturm 117, Bailey Glodowski 120, John Lowther 137
Williamstown - Boston Carruthers 100, Chase Smith 104, Brandon Kiger 119, Dawson Clevenger 133, Josh Chambers 137
Marietta St. Johns - Evan Seevers 106, Travis Pottmeyer 111, Kenzie Dietz 116, Wyatt Lang 133, Israel Swisher 140
Belpre - Brice Ferrell 96, Brittany Shaffer 118, Hunter Gilbert 130, Dallas Cantrell 140
Marietta St. Marys - Corbin Brooker 107, Nathan Bennett 131, A.J. Conny 134
1. Gage Herb, Marietta, 74 (medalist); T3. Nick Ward, Warren,and Carson Okraska, Parkersburg Catholic, 82; 5. Austyn Chen, Marietta, 87; 6. Caleb Scharff, Marietta, 89; T7. Heath Hill, Marietta
"I was able to play pretty conservative on the back nine," said Herb, who had an easy two-putt birdie on No. 18. "I thought Carson and Isaac would be my toughest competition."
Thanks to a birdie on the par 4, 14th, Prine managed to tie Herb with four holes to play. However, Herb had just one bogey the rest of the way and Prine had a pair of bogeys and took a seven on the 18th.
"I putted probably the worst I have all year," Herb admitted. "I couldn't get the speeds (of the greens) down."
Warren's Nick Ward shared third place honors with Okraska.