Hensler shoots 68 as Tigers take league match

Marietta golf is on a roll.

After placing first in their division in the opening round of the East Central Ohio League meet Monday at Zanesville Country Club, the Tigers kept their league dominance going Wednesday at their home course.

MHS shot 311 as a team at Marietta Country Club, besting ECOL foes Zanesville (330) and Cambridge (366) easily.

Jeff Hensler pulled most of the weight for Marietta, carding a 68 to earn medalist honors. He was an even 35 through the front nine but shot 33 on the back nine to finish 2 under par.

“I putted pretty well today. I made a lot of putts,” said Hensler, who had six birdies on the day. “My driver was off a bit today. I felt like I left some shots out there, but overall I’m happy with how I played.”

The 68 was one stroke higher than Hensler’s all-time best score at his home course.

Garrett Bertram shot a 79 for the Tigers which was the second best overall score of the match. Nick Thieman and Matthew Earley both shot 82 to round out Marietta’s score.

“They’re starting to click now as a team. They’re starting to gel,” said MHS golf coach John Doughty. “Garrett came in with a really good score tonight at 79. That’s his best round of the year so far. He’s finally putting the ball well and that’s what he’s been struggling with.

“Jeffrey, what can you say about him? Coming in at a 68, that’s a solid score here at the club.”

The Blue Devils were led by Harrison Hayes’ score of 80. Teammates J.J. Burns (81), Nolan Kimberly (84), Jared Ball (85) and Jace Ruggerio (85) all came in under 90.

Jacob Feldner shot an 84 for the Bobcats’ best score. Trent Allen shot an 86 as well to help out Cambridge.

For Marietta, depth has been a big key to success. That was evident again Wednesday when Earley, the team’s No. 6 golfer, turned in an 82 to contribute to the team score.

“I’m very excited,” Doughty said. “Matthew (Earley) is part of a freshmen group of six boys that are very capable of putting up very good numbers. I’m really excited that Matthew stepped up and shot an 82 tonight. That’s the future of Marietta golf. We’ve got four seniors on our team right now so we’re trying to get them as many matches as possible as far as the freshmen are concerned to get them some experience.”

Doughty said Marietta struggled a bit adjusting to the conditions in Zanesville Monday but was still able to finish atop the Scarlet Division. As it stands now the Tigers are in the driver’s seat as far as the ECOL is concerned.

“All in all, we’re still in first place in the league,” Doughty said. “Hopefully we can do that again at Rivers Greens,” where the second round of the league meet will be held in September.