Tiger, ’Cats golfers claim invite

BEVERLY – Four players broke 80 for the Marietta High golf team Tuesday at the Waterford Invitational at Lakeside Golf Course as the Tigers placed first in the “Green Division” of the tournament.

Marietta’s Nick Thieman led the way, shooting a 73 to earn co-medalist honors.

“I putted pretty well,” Thieman said. “That was about the only thing I did good. I hit pretty good wedge shots.

“Just pretty consistent. There was one hole I messed up on but the rest of the holes were pretty good.”

Nathan Matheny was close behind with a 74 for the orange and black, followed by Jeffrey Hensler’s 75 and Max Fitzgerald’s 77.

“Nick’s been my best ball-striker as far as hitting the ball and all that,” said Marietta head coach John Doughty. “It’s just getting his mindset into not worrying about scoring a good round, but just going out and doing what needs to be done.”

Belpre finished second in the “Green Division” with a score of 308. Sam Petty shot an impressive 34 on the back-9 to finish with a 73, earning him co-medalist honors.

“My putting struggled on the front and then I kind of found it on the back,” Petty said. “I made some nice putts, some nice 10-footers, and I hit my irons close all day.”

Petty credited a good start for his success.

“My first hole, I started on (No.) 16,” he said. “I hit a 9-iron to probably (within) 15-feet, so that was just a good start. Solid start. I made par.”

Petty then birdied the 17th hole and made par on the difficult 18th hole.

“If I par (No.) 18, I’m off to a really good start,” he said. “So my first three holes were solid. I had a little hiccup in the middle of the round, but my start and finish were very strong so I was proud of that.”

Brennan Ferrell also had a nice round, carding a 75 for the Golden Eagles. Hayden Plummer and Alex Perry each contributed an 80 for Belpre.

“We’re very happy with the way we’re playing,” said Belpre head coach Scott Miller. “They’re improving. It’s still early, but we’ve got good team leadership. Playing in the big division even though we know we’re a small division in Ohio, I think they kind of knew the competition level we were gonna bring.”

Warren placed third in the “Green Division” by shooting a 322 as a team. Reece Patton led the team with a score of 75. Max Hapney had a big day, shooting a 76, while Kyler Dennis and Robert Henry chipped in with an 83 and an 88, respectively.

Rounding out the “Green Division” was Coshocton (334) at fourth, Marietta’s “B” team (382) at fifth, Fort Frye (390) at sixth, Warren’s “B” team (404) at seventh and Alexander (412) at eighth.

Fittingly, Waterford claimed the “White Division” crown for the first time since the team began hosting the tournament.

“I was proud of our team to take first place,” said Waterford head coach Josh Arnold.

Arnold said his team overcame a rough beginning.

“They started horribly,” he said, laughing. “None of them wanted to talk to me, they didn’t even want to look at me. I thought it was gonna be a long day, but that’s kind of the way they’ve been so far.

“I tell them it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

The Wildcats were a consistent bunch Tuesday, as Cameron Bosner shot an 84, Randee Seevers an 85, Jordan Welch an 86 and Brent Ginther an 89.

“It was a good day all around,” Arnold said. “The best thing about it is that it was a great experience for our young guys.”

Rosecrans shot a 358 as a team to finish second in the “White Division” while Wahama posted a score of 367 to place third.

Rounding at the “White Division” was Miller (372) at fourth, South Gallia (374) at fifth, Southern (377) at sixth, Trimble (395) at seventh, Eastern (400) at eighth and Waterford’s “B” team (421) at ninth.