Marietta’s Scharff to golf at Ohio Valley

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times Marietta High senior Caleb Scharff had his signing ceremony Monday at Sutton Gymnasium. Next fall, Scharff will be a member of the Ohio Valley University golf team. Pictured above, from left to right, Chad Deem (MHS golf coach), Mandy Scharff (mother), Caleb Scharff, Brian Scharff (father) and Madelyn Scharff (sister).

Caleb Scharff was a key member of one of the most talented classes ever to compete in golf at Marietta High School.

Scharff is hoping that success continues at the collegiate level, as he signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf at Ohio Valley University.

“It’s just a good opportunity to play golf after high school,” said Scharff, who was joined at his signing ceremony by his father Brian, mother Mandy, sister Madelyn and varsity coach Chad Deem Monday at Sutton Gymnasium.

Scharff said OVU, located in Vienna, was the main school he considered.

“I pretty much wanted to go here to stay kind of close and play golf,” he said.

Scharff, along with classmates Gage Herb, Mathew Earley, Heath Hill, Jared Hollister and Zach Mallett, enjoyed a successful senior campaign this fall. The Tigers missed qualifying for state as team by 10 strokes, but did advance Herb to the state meet as an individual. Scharff, who was consistently one of Marietta’s top scorers every match, carded an impressive 82 at the Division I East/Southeast District meet to close his prep career. That was after he helped them win a sectional championship.

“We’re all pretty good friends,” Scharff said of his MHS teammates. “Coach Deem has really helped me get better throughout all the years to help me play college golf.”

The Fighting Scots, a Division II athletic program in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, are coached by Harold “Bud” Tate. In its most recent match in October, OVU finished second at the Cougar Fall Classic in Mount Vernon.

“They have a really good coach,” Scharff said. “I got to know him over this season. They have a good program, too, so I’m glad I get to go there.”

Scharff will join Warren graduate Kyler Dennis on the Fighting Scots’ roster.

“I know some players that are already there,” he said. “I know there’s players from other schools going, so I’ll know some people there.”

Scharff, who also has competed in the Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association, is undecided on a major right now. In the meantime, he’s focusing on playing for the MHS baseball team this spring before enrolling at OVU in the fall.

“I’m just happy I get to continue my career in golf in college,” he said.