Warriors win Washington County Championship golf tournament
The Warriors emerged the winner once again in the annual Washington County Championship golf tournament at Oxbow Golf Course Friday. The royal blue and white golfers bested runner-up Waterford High by 33 strokes, 325-358. Marietta High was third with 384; Fort Frye, fourth with 401; and host Belpre, fifth with 449.
“I think everybody did a great job today and played well,” said 11th-year Warren golf coach Nathan Evans, who, when the tourney counted, guided the Warriors to three straight championships. “It’s good to get a nice scrimmage under out belts and to get some of the nerves out early on.”
The Warriors were paced by their by their number one and two players’ Austin Barta and Seth Dennis. Both carded a 78 for the 18 holes of play.
“They just kind of got to keep going with the flow, clean up a couple things, and make a couple putts,” Evans said.
Number 3 Warrior and freshman Caleb Davis shot an 87; Chance Weihl, an 85; Owen Richardson, an 84; and Trevor Reynolds, a 91.
“All of the varsity and JV guys have been playing well in our qualifiers,” Evans said.
Wesley Jenkins of Waterford High carded the lowest score in the scrimmage, a 76. He had a 41 on the front 9 and a 35 on the back.
“I didn’t start off too great,” Jenkins said. “On number 4, I took a 6. But I was proud of the way I recovered. I went 1-over after that to the finish. I just decided it was time to get it in gear and go.”
On the back 9, Jenkins made par on eight of the nine holes. And, on hole number 14, he recorded a birdie.
” I was bogey-free with a birdie on the back 9,” he said. “Hole 14 was a par 5, pretty short and just a little narrow but I hit two straight shots, gave myself a good chip, and made the putt.”
Brandyn Offenberger said that Jenkins “played good.”
“A 76, I’ll take that especially in the first match of the year,” said the Waterford coach. “He shot a 41 on the front, and he knew what he did wrong.
“In the back, he came back and was one-under, so he fought back in it. I was pretty proud of him.”
The Wildcats’ other scorers were Ashley Offenberger (85), Brooks Suprano (88), and Matt Semon (109).
“Even though it doesn’t count towards the record, we had a good showing,” Brandyn Offenberger said. “It kind of shows me where we need to work at.”
Marietta, which graduated seven seniors from last year’s golf team, was led by Josh Sandford’s 93.
“We’ve got a younger group with a lot of potential,” said first-year MHS boss Bryan Whittekind. “The kids didn’t do too bad. They’re just going to get lower and lower as the season goes.”
Fort Frye was paced by Derek Joy and Devin Layton, who each carded a 94.
Belpre was led by Eric Dotson’s 99.
at Oxbow Golf Course
Washington County Championship
Team scores (18 holes): Warren 325, Waterford 358, Marietta 384, Fort Frye 401, Belpre 449
Warren: Austin Barta 38-40=78, Seth Dennis 39-39-78, Caleb Davis 41-46=87, Chance Weihl 38-47=85, Owen Richardson 38-46=84, Trevor Reynolds 45-46=91
Waterford: Wesley Jenkins 41-35=76, Ashley Offenberger 44-41=85, Brooks Suprano 42-46=88, Matt Semon 51-58=109, Will Huck 62-59=121, Alicia Dickinson 59-63=122
Marietta: JB Wharff 55-51=106, Justin Hartley 45-50=95, Joel Neville 52-46=98, Josh Sandford 46-47=93, Chandler Goddard 47-51=98, Andrew Elliott 52-52=104
Fort Frye: Derek Joy 49-45=94, Devin Layton 46-48=94, Bryce Schilling 53-51=104, Eithyn Brooker 50-59=109, Cole Schaffer 55-55=110, Jack McElroy 56-58=114
Belpre: Eric Dotson 46-53=99, Maddie Roby 52-53=105, Matthew Deems 58-56=114, PJ Hostottle 63-68=131
Team scores (9 holes): Warren 176, Marietta 206, Fort Frye 221
Warren: Jacob Smeeks 39, Cole Fairbanks 51, Caden Eddy 47, Aidan Woodruff 44, Nathan Heft 46, Cole Huagate 57, Lance Davis 57, Trenton Douter 61, Isaac Whipkey 67
Marietta: Carayer Woods 46, Nicholas Earley 51, Brett Saffell 49, Logan Offenberger 61, Eric Bober 61, Jacob Cline 60
Fort Frye: Mitchell Carpenter 53, Avery Makris 57, Devon Brooker 52, Peyton Brooker 65, Steven Pope 59, Eric Zimmerman 62, Elle Keffer 55
Waterford: Payton Powers 65, Braxton Leister 62, Caid Coleman 67