BELPRE, Ohio — It’s an uphill battle from here on out.
The Gallia Academy golf team came away with third place out of four teams Tuesday following the first Southeastern Ohio Athletic League golf match held at Oxbow Country Club in Washington County.
The Blue Devils were 17 shots back of eventual champion Warren after carding a team a score of 163. The host Warriors won the day with a 146, while two-time defending champion Logan was the runner-up with a 157. Jackson was last with a team tally of 169.
Warren had five golfers shoot sub-40 rounds, which included medalist honors for Kyler Dennis following a 3-under par effort of 33. The Warriors had half of the 10 sub-40 rounds between the four programs.
Max Heprey and Turner Schilling followed Dennis with identical rounds of 37, while Nick Ward and Josh Jankauskas each posted a 39. Austin Barta also shot a 41 for the victors.
Taae Hamid paced GAHS with a 39, followed by Dares Hamid and Marcus Moore with matching efforts of 41. Zach Graham rounded out the Blue Devil scoring with a 42, while Miles Cornwell and Josh Davis also tacked on respective rounds of 45 and 47.
Jake Barstow led the Chieftains with a 36, followed by Hunter Fizer and Paul Duffy with identical efforts of 39. Jared Walker and Parker Keynes were next with matching 43s, and Kevin Boals also carded a 44 for LHS.
Jared Lemaster led the Ironmen with a 36, followed by Ricky Fraley with a 43. Evan Coyan and John Bachtel rounded out the team tally with matching 45s, while Derek Murray and Dakota Simpson also tacked on respective efforts of 48 and 54.
Barstow and Lemaster were the co-runners-up individually.
The second of five SEOAL matches will be held Thursday, Aug. 27, at Cliffside Golf Course in Gallipolis.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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