Logan wins 3rd straight SEOAL golf title

By Bryan Walters - [email protected]

LOGAN, Ohio — The third and final time was a charm.

The Gallia Academy golf team finished second in its final Southeastern Ohio Athletic League match, which in turn helped Logan win its third straight championship Tuesday night in the 2015 finale at Hocking Hills Golf Club in Hocking County.

The Chieftains captured first place with a final tally of 154, which was two strokes ahead of the Blue Devils and their total of 156. Warren was third overall with 164, while Jackson rounded out the four-team field with a 168.

GAHS, however, did a big favor for the host Chieftains by finishing second on Tuesday. Warren entered the round with a one-game lead in the season standings, meaning LHS need to finish at least one spot ahead of the Warriors at Hocking Hills.

With the Blue Devils wedging themselves between Logan and WHS, it allowed the Purple and White to win their third consecutive league title — a first for the program — by a single game.

The Chiefs finished the year with a 12-3 league mark, followed by the Warriors at 11-4 and Gallia Academy at 7-8 in SEOAL play. The Ironmen finished last in all five league meets this fall for an 0-15 record.

Taae Hamid of GAHS won medalist honors with a 1-under par round of 35 on the front nine. Jacob Barstow of LHS and Jared Lemaster of JHS tied for runner-up honors with identical efforts of 36.

Dares Hamid was next for the Blue Devils with a 39, followed by Marcus Moore with a 40 and Zach Graham with a 42. Miles Cornwell and Kaden Thomas also had respective rounds of 46 and 47 for GAHS.

Kevin Boals and Joe Duffy followed Barstow with matching 39s, while Hunter Fizer wrapped up the winning tally with a 40. Jared Walker and Paul Duffy also posted scores of 41 and 44 for the Chiefs.

Kyler Dennis paced WHS with a 38, followed by identical rounds of 41 by Max Hapney and Nick Ward. Josh Jankauskas completed the scoring with a 44, while Turner Schilling and Ben Carlsen also fired efforts of 45 and 47 for the Warriors.

John Bachtel followed Lemaster for JHS with a 43, while Evan Coyan and Dakota Simpson complete the scoring with respective efforts of 44 and 45. Ricky Fraley shot a 46 and Ethan Mercer also fired a 56 for the Ironmen.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters

[email protected]