Tiger golf drops tri-match to Parkersburg, South

Marietta High’s Josh Sanford hits an iron shot during a high school golf tri-match against Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South Wednesday at Parkersburg Country Club. Sanford shot a team-best nine-over 45. JAY W. BENNETT The Marietta Times

VIENNA — Garrett Ballway turned in a 4-over-par 40 here Wednesday evening on the front nine at the Parkersburg Country Club to win medalist honors as host Parkersburg topped rival Parkersburg South and Marietta in a triangular golf match.

Parkersburg South No. 1 golfer Zach Redmon challenged for the top spot, but finished with a 5-over-par 41 as too did Big Red Daniel Wharton. Josh Sanford paced the Tigers with a 45.

PHS, which improved to 108-18-1 for head coach Don Snider, also had scoring efforts from Trey Rossana (44) and Carter Stone (46) en route to a 171 team total. TJ Davidson (47) and Nicole Lincicome (48) also competed for the Big Reds, who were seven strokes better than Parkersburg South’s 178 while Marietta checked in with a 186.

“I think we are playing well,” admitted Snider, who added that freshman Molly McLean “got the day off. I’ve got a lot of depth and I’m trying to get some kids some rounds and have some fun.”

Snider was impressed from the start with Wharton, who had a great drive on the opening hole, but proceeded to double bogey. He managed to make par on four of his last five holes.

Ballway, who watched his ball lip out on No. 4, recovered from a double bogey on No. 5 and proceeded to card a birdie on the par-5 sixth.

“That’s the key, consistency,” Snider added. “We’ve played a lot of golf so far.”

PSHS (95-35-1) head coach B.J. Hess watched Luke Commiskey turn in a 43. However, his other four golfers each shot a 47 — Mace Busch, Cade Murray, Blake Snyder and Brenden Jenkins.

“We shot a 165 yesterday (Tuesday) at home (South Hills) and I was hoping we’d shoot better, especially on a course like this that you can score on,” Hess stated.

Marietta first-year head man Bryan Whittekind felt his club played fairly solid as the Tigers also had counting scores from Joel Neville (46), Justin Hartley (47) and Chandler Goddard (48).

“We’ve actually got 16 on our roster,” said Whittekind, who was without the services of JB Wharff, but got rounds of 55 from Nicholas Earley and 65 by Andrew Elliott. “With having 16, we don’t run a JV and a varsity. We literally run an open competition all year. Coming into the season, we had one varsity match one kid had played experience-wise.

“It’s a growing process this year. I’ll take it for all of our boys’ first time in this competition with these two schools. They are such quality programs. There is some stiff competition with these two schools, but they held their own a little bit.”