Meigs wins close 1st TVC-Ohio match

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio —Every single solitary stroke matters.

For the Meigs High School golf team on Tuesday, that proved to be a good thing.

That’s because the Marauders — the defending Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division champions — made good on a tiebreaker in addition to three other shots, as Meigs escaped Cliffside Golf Club in Gallipolis with a razor-thin close win in the league’s opening match of 2017.

River Valley was the host school for the opener at Cliffside.

Meigs, which captured last season’s championship for its fourth TVC-Ohio title in five years including three outright, won the fifth-score tiebreaker against Vinton County to take Tuesday’s tilt.

The seven squads, as only Nelsonville-York with two golfers did not post a team score, took aim at the par-35 Cliffside front nine.

The Vikings, which shared the 2014 crown with Meigs and won it outright two years back, stood tied with the Marauders at 187 after all scores were turned in.

In addition, Athens almost joined them, as the Bulldogs shot a team total of 190.

But Meigs won on the fifth score over Vinton County, as the 51 by Cole Arnott edged the Vikings’ Shawn McCarty (52) by a single stroke.

As a result, the Marauders stake a slim early lead in the league standings, sitting at 6-0 while Vinton County is at 5-1 and Athens at 4-2.

Alexander (3-3) at 209, Wellston (2-4) at 229, and River Valley (1-5) at 247 rounded out the team scores.

Meigs, Vinton County, River Valley, Athens and Alexander all opened the match with six golfers apiece, while Wellston had five.

The top four scores counted towards the team total, as the host Raiders were forced to finish with four — when Chloe Gee withdrew and Hayley Cox did not play.

The Marauders were paced by senior Levi Chapman, who was the match medalist with a 42.

Chapman was last year’s TVC-Ohio Player of the Year, including winning medalist five times — four of which were outright.

Wyatt Nicholson notched a 47 for the Marauders, while the other counting cards were a pair of 49s from Bobby Musser and Brody Reynolds.

Arnott with his 51 and Bryce Swatzel with a 52 were Meigs’ non-counting scores.

For Vinton County, besides Bailey Bartoe with a 46, Noah Waddell, Cameron Hamon and Adam Clary all carded 47s.

McCarty had his 52, while Owen Salyers shot 62.

Athens amassed its counting scores between 45 and 49, including Preston Hayes’ 45 for third-best overall, as the Bulldogs had a 50 and 56 for their other two scores.

Alexander’s Whit Byrd, boasting a 43, was the medalist runner-up.

The Spartans’ other four scores ranged from 53 to 59, as Jake Conrad did not finish.

Wellston’s five tallies ranged from 53 to 64, paced by the 53 of Hunter Cardwell.

The Raiders’ four scores were a 52 from Aaron Burke, a 62 by Tyler Roberts, a 64 from Gabe Gilmore and a 69 by Elena Canizares.

The TVC-Ohio clubs continued conference action on Wednesday — with the second league affair at Ohio University Golf Course and hosted by Alexander.

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Meigs’ Bobby Musser putts on the sixth hole during Tuesday’s Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division golf match at Cliffside Golf Club.’ Bobby Musser putts on the sixth hole during Tuesday’s Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division golf match at Cliffside Golf Club. Paul Boggs|OVP Sports

By Paul Boggs

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