Wildcats’ Ashley Offenberger shoots 68 at Waterford Invite

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Warren’s Caleb Davis tees off during the Waterford Invitational Wednesday at Lakeside Golf Course in Beverly.

BEVERLY — Ashley Offenberger enjoyed a career day on the links.

The Waterford High senior standout carded a girls’ program record 68 as an individual in the annual Waterford Invitational at Lakeside Golf Course Wednesday afternoon.

“That’s my personal best,” Offenberger said. “I’ve actually never shot even before. It was great.”

Offenberger, who played off the girls’ red tees, shot a 33 on the front 9 and a 35 on the back. With Waterford yet to field a full girls golf team of 4, she’s had to drive off the boys’ tees in matches.

“Honestly, I haven’t been playing from this (girls) yardage in so long that it just kind of made it a lot easier,” she said. “Even when I practice here, I practice from the whites. I’ve only played from the reds one time this year at Lakeside — and now two.”

Offenberger finished with three birdies and one eagle.

“I had an eagle on No. 10,” she said. “It’s a par 5. I got on the green in two and putted in from 10 feet. That was probably the highlight of my day. I was happy.”

Also competing as an individual and earning all-tournament with a 79 was Alicia Dickinson, Offenberger’s Wildcat teammate.

Team-wise, Coshocton repeated as the big school boys’ champion with a score of 293. Redskin golfer Clay Davis was a medalist with a 70.

Barnesville and New Lexington were 1 and 2, respectively, in the small school boys’ division.

“Coshocton’s really good,” said Warren coach Nathan Evans, whose Warriors were runners-up with 329. “I think they brought everybody back. So, to finish second to them is pretty good.”

Warren’s scorers were Austin Barta (76), Seth Dennis (82), Chance Weihl (82), and Caleb Davis (89). Barta was an all-tourney honoree.

“I thought the guys came out, and they grinded today,” Evans said. “We didn’t have our best ball-striking day but I thought they held it together and put some good scores up on the board.”

Marietta A was third with 336. Its scorers were Josh Sandford (80), JB Wharff (82), Justin Hartley (85), and Joel Neville (89).

“We went from a 391 Monday at Pickerington to 336 today,” said first-year Tigers boss Bryan Whittekind. “They’re finally getting their feet under them a little bit. They’re coming around. It’s good to see.

“The kids all seemed like they had fun. They play better when they have fun. They shoot better scores. We were only seven shots off Warren which is fun. We play Warren on Friday.”

Locally, Waterford’s Wesley Jenkins earned all-tourney honors with a 78. Fort Frye’s top boys’ golfer was Devin Layton with an 87, and Eric Dotson led Belpre with a 94.

On the girls’ side, Hannah Jankauskas shot an 88 to lead Warren, while Kess Bigley had a 110 to pace Marietta.

Gallia Academy was first in the girls’ division.

“Brandyn (Offenberger, tournament director) does a good job of putting the tournament together,” Whittekind said. “Good field.”