Warren bests Marietta by 4 strokes in dual

Photo by Josh Hughes Warren’s Chance Weihl chips on the 18th green during a high school golf match against Marietta Wednesday at Marietta Country Club.

Senior night at the Marietta Country Club meant a lot for the Marietta Tiger golfers, as they did battle against rival Warren. In a tight Wednesday evening contest, the Warriors ended that special night on a down for the home team with a 169-173 win.

The four-stroke victory was earned by the slimmest of margins, and performances from a couple of Warren’s top golfers sealed the deal. Warren’s No. 3, Caleb Davis, shined in the 6-on-6 format.

He led all participants with a low back nine of 36. After his round, he talked about what worked for him on a hot day where he turned up the heat on Tiger golfers.

“Well, I was just playing really relaxed like coach (Nathan Evans) said,” Davis remarked. “I hit some really good shots, and it built up my confidence. It builds my confidence going into the postseason, but I know I’ve got to help my teammates get to where we can all be to win a state championship.”

Speaking of his teammates, Seth Dennis and Chance Weihl contributed rounds that helped make the difference. Dennis’s 41 mirrored the identical score of Marietta senior Josh Sandford in the one-spot. Senior Justin Hartley edged out Weihl’s performance (44) with a 43, but Warren’s depth proved too costly for the Tigers.

Warren’s Nathan Heft made up the difference with a 48 to Brett Saffell’s 51, as that canceled out Andrew Elliott’s 48-45 advantage over Jacob Smeeks. While a 44 from Marietta’s Joel Neville was around the average for Wednesday’s event, it came up short against Davis’s 36. Marietta’s sixth, and final, senior on the 6-man team, Jacob Cline had his 50 canceled out with Aidan Woodruff’s 50. That spelled the end for Marietta’s chances on senior night, but it gave coach Brian Whittekind a chance for reflection and optimism as the regular season winds down.

“Ultimately, they’re the first group I had from seventh grade all the way to their senior year,” he said of his veteran golfers. “They’ve meant a lot. They really have taken the groundwork, and they’re an outstanding group of young men.

“It’s very good group, and it all starts with senior leadership. You watch how the younger kids are taking things and kind of doing things.”

Warren’s coach Evans praised his team’s performance and talked about the rivalry between Warren and Marietta.

“We’ve had such great battles through the years I’ve been coaching. We love playing each other,” he said. “It’s a tough course that forces you to hit good shots, and anytime we can get a win over here, it’s special.”

Contact Josh Hughes at jhughes@newsandsentinel.com