LOGAN, Ohio — Against incredible competition, and the high heat and humidity, the Meigs High School golf team opened its season on Friday at the annual Logan Invitational.
The Marauders, going against overwhelmingly Central Ohio clubs, took 12th out of 15 teams at the challenging season-opener at Hocking Hills Golf Club in Logan.
The Marauders shot a team total of 374, finishing ahead of only host Logan (392), nearby Lancaster (401), and growing Canal Winchester (434).
Levi Chapman, who almost made the all-tournament team, led the Marauders with an 80 — as Meigs fielded five players as did all 15 competing teams.
Chapman played the number-one position for the Marauders, as two-man Chase Whitlatch was next with a 94 — followed by three-man Wyatt Nicholson with a 98.
Bobby Musser — the Marauders’ fifth spot — managed a 102 to count towards the top four scores, which make up the team total.
Bryce Swatzel shot a 123 to round out the Maroon and Gold.
Worthington Christian captured the team championship, firing a 305 as a team — and ahead of runner-up New Lexington (311) by only six strokes.
Columbus St. Charles was third with a 315, followed by Tri-Valley with a 336 and New Albany with a 347.
Hilliard Davidson dialed in for a 349, followed by three Southeast District squads — Logan Elm (351), Fairfield Union (352) and Jackson (359).
Pickerington Central (360) clipped Zanesville (361) for 10th-place.
Tyler Jones of Worthington Christian claimed meet medalist honors with a smooth 4-under-par 67.
Jackson’s Jared Lemaster mustered a 76 to pace the Ironmen, as he earned an all-tournament team spot in the process.
The other four Jackson scores were Ricky Fraley with a 91, John Bachtel and Ethan Mercer with matching 96s, and Cody Weaver with a 98.
The Marauders return to action on Thursday (Aug. 11) in the opening of seven Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matches.
River Valley, at Cliffside Golf Club, will host the opening match at 4:30 p.m.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106