JACKSON, Ohio — A solid start to the new season.
The Gallia Academy golf team opened its 2015 campaign in grand style Friday after posting a 19-stroke victory over the field at the Vinton County Viking Tee-off Invitational held at Franklin Valley Golf Club in Jackson County.
The Blue Devils — who had two teams entered into the 11-school event — got a winning tally of 318 from their ‘A’ squad, while the B-team placed fourth overall with a 361 in the 18-hole competition.
Maysville (337), Zane Trace (342) and host VCHS (372) respectively rounded out the top five spots. Grove City Christian (454), Athens (473), Alexander (475), Nelsonville-York (489) and Wellston (536) rounded out the six through 10 positions.
Brian Chaney of Zane Trace won medalist honors with a 1-over par round of 72. Dares Hamid of GAHS was the overall runner-up with a 76, followed by Caleb Arnold of ZTHS with a 77.
Marcus Moore followed Hamid for the Blue Devils with a 78, while Taae Hamid and Zach Graham each posted rounds of 82 to round out the winning score. Josh Davis and Nick Denbow also had respective efforts of 90 and 112 for the winning ‘A’ team.
Miles Cornwell paced the Gallia Academy B-team with an 81, followed by Jeremy Brumfield with an 89 and John Stout with a 95. Kaden Thomas rounded out the team tally with a 96, while Ian Evans and Evan Lincoln also posted respective scores of 137 and 153.
River Valley was also at the event, but did not have enough golfers to record a team score. Logan Sheets paced the Raiders with an 80 and Grant Gilmore also shot a 120 for the Silver and Black.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.