Prep golf: Tiger golfers top Warren in dual

The Marietta-Warren rivalry is not limited to the football field, the basketball court or the soccer pitch.

The two schools squared off on the golf course Monday evening at Marietta Country Club in a dual match, with the Tigers prevailing over the Warriors.

The orange and black shot 170 as a team, while the royal blue and white posted a team score of 192.

“A beautiful night for golf,” said Marietta head coach John Doughty.

Amidst the calm, cool weather, it was Marietta’s Jeffrey Hensler who carded the top round of the day, shooting a 37 on the back 9.

“He shot very well,” Doughty said of the Tiger sophomore. “Especially with the tees being all the way back to where they were. It was a very good score.”

Nick Thieman shot the second-best score, a 43, for Marietta, while Garrett Bertram was close behind with a 44.

The Tigers got a big boost Monday by getting senior Nathan Matheny back. Matheny had missed Marietta’s past few matches, but returned Monday for “Senior Night” and shot a 46.

“It kind of lifts up all the other golfers knowing that Nathan’s back,” Doughty explained.

Matheny is one of two seniors on the team, along with Austyn McVicar, that were honored Monday evening.

“There’s not enough I can say about our seniors,” Doughty said. “Austyn McVicar playing tonight…it was nice to get him out there and get some varsity action.”

McVicar shot a 52 and Matt Fitzgerald shot a 49 for the Tigers.

Warren was led by Kyler Dennis, who carded a 43. Reece Patton was the only other Warrior who broke 50, scoring a 45.

Max Hapney and Alex Flesher each chipped in with a 52, while Robert henry’s 54 and Josh Jankauskas’ 60 rounded out the Warren scoring.

On the junior varsity side, Marietta edged Warren 201-203. Cambridge’s JV team also made the trip and finished third with a team score of 211.

Max Fitzgerald led all JV golfers with a 43 on the front 9. Drew Simms paced Warren’s JV team with a 45.

“It was nice to have this match with Warren tonight,” Doughty said. “We got to see the junior high group, the JV group and the varsity group all in one night.”

The Tigers had a practice round at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette Sunday, which is where they play Wednesday in the second round of East Central Ohio League tournament action.

“All of them shot pretty well,” Doughty said. “I know it’s a practice round but being able to see the course and all that is good for them.”

Warren is also back in action Wednesday at Parkersburg Country Club. A day later on Thursday the Warriors, of the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League, will have their league meet at Jackson.