Tigers tee off: MHS wins Washington County Golf Championship

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.”

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.

“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.