Marietta senior has had memorable year on the links

Photo by Dawk Hollister Marietta High senior Gage Herb watches his shot during the Division I East/Southeast District golf tournament Tuesday at EagleSticks Golf Course in Zanesville. Herb shot a 73 to advance to state.

Gage Herb

Marietta High

Year: senior

Age: 17

GPA: 3.9

Favorite subject: calculus

Sports: golf, basketball, soccer

College: The Ohio State University

Major: Accounting or Economics

Family: Justin and Mary Herb; younger brothers’ Garrett and Grayson

Question: Do you have a favorite sport?

Answer: Golf. I’ve been playing since I was nine-years-old. My dad and uncle took me along with them to the course. I think the younger you start, it’s an advantage.

Q: You played soccer as a freshman and junior and golf as sophomore and senior. Why’s that?

A: It was a tough call. The school won’t let you do both in the same season. Actually, I’ve played soccer longer than golf. I started when I was six or seven. I was traveling a lot to Columbus to play.

Q: Are the Tigers still celebrating last Thursday’s sectional championship at Crown Hill Golf Course?

A: (Laughs) It’s always fun to do that. I know I started out with a rough front nine but came back on the back nine. I would’ve been one-under on the back if I hadn’t missed a three-footer for par. (Herb finished the round with a solid 79.) I hope I have some momentum going into district (Tuesday, Oct. 10) at EagleSticks.

Q: Is that a tough course?

A: We’ll be competing in the Division I East District this year, and EagleSticks is Maysville’s home course. It’s an advantage for them. They also hosted the sectional. We’ll be going over there Monday (Oct. 9) for a practice round.

Q: During the season in early September, Marietta won the Dover Invitational. That had to have been pretty exciting, considering all the schools there and the rainy conditions.

A: You know, this year we’ve played in more rain…I think, about four times. At Dover, we just kept playing. Everything was wet, but you have to be in right mindset. We didn’t play particularly well, but we won.

Q: What do you feel your strength is on the golf course?

A: (Laughs) Well, I really don’t hit it very far. So, I focus on hitting it as straight as possible. I try to work on a good short game.

Q: How about putting?

A: I was awful when I was a sophomore. But this year, I’ve changed my grip a couple of times. On the longer putts, I’ll have my right hand on the low grip. And on shorter ones, I’ll have the left hand low. It’s not very conventional, but it’s working.

Q: What’s your best all-time round?

A: I’ve shot a 69 a couple of times.

Q: Have you ever had a hole-in-one?

A: (Laughs) Not yet. I’ve come close a couple of times. During a practice round, I was two inches away.

Q: After golf, there basketball season’s just around the corner. How long have you been playing basketball?

A: Since the third grade. (Pauses) I’m not 100 percent sure that I’ll be playing this year. I’m pretty busy with my studies and everything.

Q: During your sports career at MHS, is there a highlight that you’d like to share?

A: Hmmm. I’ll have to think about that. There’s actually a lot of cool things and good experiences that have happened in all three of my sports. But there’s not one thing that stands out.

Q: Who has impacted your sports career at Marietta?

A: My dad. He’s the one who pushes me.

Q: Is there anything I haven’t asked you?

A: (Laughs) I think you’ve covered it all.

Ron Johnston,