Steady McHenry shoots OJR past Phan­toms

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Thomas Nash tnash@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Thomas_Nash10 on Twit­ter

PHOENIXVILLE » One for­get­table stroke of his put­ter kept Ward McHenry from post­ing a cleans­late score­card at Kim­ber­ton Golf Course on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

For­tu­nately, it wouldn’t cost the Owen J. Roberts boys’ golf team all that­much as they posted a sea­son-best score at home en route to a 189-222 win over Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence vis­i­tor Phoenixville.

The win im­proves Owen J. Roberts to 7-1 in the PAC and 8-1 over­all fresh off Tues­day’s loss against Methac­ton. Phoenixville drops to 3-5 in the PAC (3-6 over­all) af­ter en­ter­ing Thurs­day on a twom­atch win­ning streak.

McHenry was steady through­out the round, post­ing eight pars on his way to a match-low 1-over 35. His lone blun­der came on the par 3 No. 4, where he three-putted his way to a bo­gey. For the round, he fin­ished with 18 putts, landed in six fair­ways and hit seven greens in reg­u­la­tion.

“I was able to hit the ball re­ally well,” said McHenry, now a se­nior af­ter spend­ing each of the last three sea­sons on var­sity. “My putting wasn’t great, but I was

able to hit the ball well and hit greens.

“I was keep­ing my driver in play — giv­ing my­self wedges into greens.”

His most in­dica­tive drive came on the par 4 No. 3. McHenry laced a beau­ti­ful tee shot over the trees and landed com­fort­ably in the mid­dle of the fair­way, from where he would stick his ap­proach shot and twop­utt his way to an­other par.

He ad­mits, of course, there is a lit­tle bit of home course ad­van­tage play­ing at a place like Kim­ber­ton.

“It helps be­cause you know where to hit the ball, where not to miss,” he said.

“You know how the putts are go­ing to break be­fore you even get there. There’s enough room out there, so if you can put it in play, you’ll have a good shot at the green here for the most part.”

The Wild­cats’ fi­nal score of 189 was five strokes bet­ter than the 194 they’d posted twice on the sea­son.

Com­ing in be­hind McHenry, Ryan Glenn and Andy Blum each fin­ished up at 4-over 38 while Ben Sa­muel­son and Con­rad Ben­ford both fin­ished up at 39.

It was a frus­trat­ing day for Phoenixville head coach Steve Win­nick. En­ter­ing Thurs­day in the midst of a two-match win streak for the week — wins over Potts­grove and Up­per Merion — Win­nick felt that ex-- pe­ri­ence may have worked against the Phan­toms.

“Ev­ery­one looks at this course as be­ing easy,” said Win­nick. “A lot of our guys play here all the time be­cause it’s so close to Phoenixville, yet they never play well dur­ing the sea­son. It never fails.”

James Peter­son took low­man hon­ors for Phoenixville with a 9-over 43 while Parker Stevens and JT Sin­nott fin­ished up at 44. Play­ing in the No. 2 slot, fresh­man Kyle Re­suta posted a 45 while Drew Gib­son fol­lowed with a 46.

On the bright side, the Phan­toms are pick­ing up valu­able var­sity ex­pe­ri­ence with only two se­niors on their score­card.

Re­suta took his lumps Thurs­day, in­clud­ing a pair of lip-outs as he des­per­ately tried to fin­ish out on No. 9 green.

For his round, he had a triple and two dou­ble bo­geys, though got some­thing go­ing late with con­sec­u­tive pars on Nos. 7 and 8.

“When I put those two pars to­gether, it sort of gave me some life,” said Re­suta. “I couldn’t get any­thing go­ing early on.

“It’s tough,” he added of be­ing matched with the top flight play­ers though be­ing just a fresh­man, “but you’ve got to live up with the way they’re play­ing. I can’t worry about it. Just gotta play my game and worry about my score.”

ROAD WOES» Thurs­day’s re­sult in­cluded, Phoenixville is now 0-5 in road matches this sea­son. The Phan­toms are 3-1 at their home course, Pick­er­ing Val­ley — their lone loss a one-stroke, ex­tra-man de­ci­sion against Pope John Paul II ear­lier in the reg­u­lar sea­son. On the bright side, though, Phoe- nixville stays home next week with vis­its from Up­per Perkiomen and Potts­grove be­fore clos­ing it out with a road match against Boy­er­town at Hick­ory Val­ley.

THOMAS NASH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Owen J. Roberts’ Ward McHenry hits one out of the trap on No. 7dur­ing Thurs­day’s match at Kim­ber­ton.

THOMAS NASH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Phoenixville’s Kyle Re­sulta watches his tee shot on No. 9at Kim­ber­ton Golf Club on Thurs­day.

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