As with any sport, progression is an important quality in the game of golf.
Over the latter part of last weekend, several teams made strong progressions in their games, including Portsmouth and Wheelersburg, who continued to made gradual improvements in racking up scores under the 200 mark.
OVC Dual Match, Elks CC
Portsmouth def. Ironton, 193-208
In a dual-match against Ironton, the Portsmouth Trojans continued to show off its improvement against Ohio Valley Conference competition as Portsmouth — who shot a 196 to defeat Notre Dame on Tuesday — collected a 193 against Ironton to take home a big victory over its archrival at Elks Country Club in McDermott on Thursday evening.
As he has been throughout the course of the 2017 campaign, William Sturgill was outstanding for Portsmouth again as the senior shot an overall score of 37 en route to taking home medalist honors for the match. Sturgill edged Ironton’s James Carter by six strokes en route to top billing.
Katy Pertuset, who has continued to improve on a match-by-match basis, also proved to be quite strong for the Trojans as Pertuset collected a 46 to finish in third place. Ironton’s Brayden Easterling finished fourth while Portsmouth’s Aiden Donges and Jack Workman continued to show consistency in collecting scores of 53 and 57 to give Portsmouth four of the top six finishers on the evening.
William Sturgill 37
Katy Pertuset 46
Aiden Donges 53
Jack Workman 57
James Carter 43
Braydon Easterling 48
Drey Osborne 56
Tyler Shelton 61
Individual Results (top-five)
1. William Sturgill (Portsmouth) 37
2. James Carter (Ironton) 43
3. Katy Pertuset (Portsmouth) 46
4. Braydon Easterling (Ironton) 48
5. Aiden Donges (Portsmouth) 53
SOC II Tri-Match, Shawnee GC
Over the course of the year, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ golf program has established itself as a team that will be a contender for future years to come.
And in a Thursday evening tri-match between Wheelersburg, Minford, and West, the Pirates wasted no time proving that factoid as the Pirates collected one of their best scores of the year — a 189 — in a SOC II Tri-Match on Thursday evening at Shawnee Golf Course in West Portsmouth.
Once again, freshman Trevin Mault proved to be strong. His overall score of 40 proved to be the top card on the day as the freshman took home medalist honors in the tri-match. Tanner Stevenson’s 47, along with Jaydren Guthrie’s 50 and Carson McCorkle’s 52 allowed Wheelersburg to take home top billing in the match.
West’s Ethan Daniel proved to be critical in the Senators maintaining a consistent score as Daniel collected a tidy score of 45 to lead West in its solid showing of 204. Chase Howell, a new addition to the roster, collected a strong 49, while Dustin Sowards, Mitchell Malnar, and Eli Adkins each collected scores of 55. Lake Whitaker rounded out the Senators’ efforts with a 64.
Minford, who finished with a 220 in the match, was led by Zac Hammond, who collected a 52. Zeb Simpson’s 53, Matt Koverman’s 57, and Annie Lawson’s 58 provided consistency for the Falcons, while Eric Belcher’s 59 and Sawyer Grashel’s 61 rounded out the efforts for the Falcons.
1. Wheelersburg 189
2. West 204
3. Minford 220
Individual Results (top-five):
1. Trevin Mault (Wheelersburg) 40
2. Ethan Daniel (West) 45
3. Tanner Stevenson (Wheelersburg) 47
4. Chase Howell (West) 49
5. Jaydren Guthrie (Wheelersburg) 50
Additional Scioto County notables:
Zac Hammond (Minford) 52
Carson McCorkle (Wheelersburg) 52
Zeb Simpson (Minford) 53
Dustin Sowards (West) 55
Mitchell Malnar (West) 55
Eli Adkins (West) 55
SOC Preview, Shawnee GC
On Wednesday, none of the Scioto County teams had anything for Waverly, who continued to roll with its overall score of 161 at Shawnee Golf Course in West Portsmouth.
The Tigers, who bested second-place West by 42 strokes, were led by Talon Osborne and Connor Heffner, who each collected scores of 37 apiece en route to finishing as the co-medalists in the match. Eric Heffner, who shot a 40, and Grant Lybrook, who collected a 47, rounded out the Tigers’ efforts.
West, who collected a 203 on the day, was led by Daniel and Howell, who each collected strokes of 48 to finish in a tie for the sixth-place finishing position overall with Wyatt Litteral of Northwest. Sowards’ 51, along with scorecards of 56 from Malnar and Adkins, rounded out the strong efforts for the Senators.
Northwest, who collected a 205, was aided by the efforts of Litteral and Nick Golland, with Golland’s 44 pacing the charge for the Mohawks. Minford’s 215 was spearheaded by Hammond and Koverman, who collected scores of 45 and 54, to head the charge, while Valley’s 232 came off of the backs of Andy Kuhn (51), Logan Bloomfield (54), and John Merritt (56), respectively.
1. Waverly 161
2. West 203
3. Northwest 205
4. Minford 215
5. Valley 232
Individual Results (top-10):
t-1. Conner Heffner (Waverly) 37
t-1. Talon Osborne (Waverly) 37
3. Eric Heffner (Waverly) 40
4. Nick Golland (Northwest) 44
5. Zac Hammond (Minford) 45
6. Grant Lybrook (Waverly) 47
t-7. Wyatt Litteral (Northwest) 48
t-7. Ethan Daniel (West) 48
t-7. Chase Howell (West) 48
t-10. Andy Kuhn (Valley) 51
t-10. Dustin Sowards (West) 51
t-10. Eli Robertson (Waverly) 51
Albany Alexander 3, Waverly 2
Despite a valiant effort from the Waverly Lady Tigers’ girls soccer program, Waverly fell just shy of a victory as the Lady Tigers fell to Albany Alexander, 3-2, on Wednesday evening.
Zoiee Smith and Loren Moran scored both goals for Waverly on the evening, with Moran assisting on Smith’s first goal in the first half. Moran later scored in the second half off of a feed from Hailey Hauck.
“Tonight, we came out a little flat for the first few minutes of the first half,” Waverly head coach Chris Murphy said. “The quick goal by Alexander found us scrambling to regroup and refocus. We are a young team still learning to play 80 minutes of consistent soccer. At times, we struggled with our first touch as well as our field vision. The good thing about our team is that we are quick and eager to learn. I am confident that we can bounce back. Congratulations to Alexander on the victory.”
Waverly, who holds a 1-1 record, hosts Logan Elm on Tuesday.
Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7