Tornadoes advance to district golf meet

By Paul Boggs -

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Before the rain swept across Chillicothe on Wednesday, the Tornadoes took their turn first.

That’s because the Southern High School golf team punched its ticket to Monday’s Division III district tournament, having finished fourth at the sectional meet at the Chillicothe Jaycees Golf Course.

The Tornadoes were one of five teams to qualify for the district meet, firing a team total of 362 to place fourth.

And, Southern wasn’t far from first either.

Adena and Waterford won the sectional with team scores of 355, followed closely by Southeastern at 357.

The fifth and final qualifying spot went to Huntington, which had a team total of 381.

The Eastern Eagles also competed at Chillicothe, and were seventh with a 411.

So too did the four-person South Gallia Rebels, which shot a 601.

The top four individual scores counted towards the team total, of which the Tornadoes tallied four scores within 10 strokes of each other.

Jensen Anderson amounted an 86, followed immediately by an 87 from fellow sophomore Jarrett Hupp.

Jonah Hoback had a 94 and Ryan Acree a 95 for the other counting cards, as Southern’s non-counting score was a 109 from senior Tanner Thorla.

Anderson shot a 45 on the front nine and a 41 on the back, while Hupp had a 44 and a 43.

Hoback had a 46 and a 48, as Acree amassed a 53 before bouncing back on the back side with a 42.

John Little — in his final match — led Eastern with a 97, while sophomore John Harris hit a pair of 50s for an even 100.

Ryan Harbour had a 102, while Garrett Chalfont finished with a 112.

Eastern’s other score was 117 from Kaleb Honaker.

South Gallia junior Curtis Haner had a 99 to lead the Rebels, as their other three scores were from first-year players Bryce Nolan (151), Amaya Howell (169) and Mackenzie Martin (182).

Rounding out the team scores were Pike Eastern at 383, Miller at 420, Crooksville at 444, Lynchburg-Clay at 448 and Paint Valley at 459.

Jordan Welch of Waterford and Ethan Smith of Southeastern shared medalist honors with an 81, as Waterford’s Wes Jenkins was co-medalist runner-up at 82.

The five individual district qualifiers were Brock White of Crooksville with an 82, Blake Walters of Paint Valley with an 83, Joshua Haislop of Pike Eastern and Eric McLaughlin of Lynchburg-Clay with an 89, and Quentin Alley of Pike Eastern with a 91.

White was the other medalist runner-up, while Haislop won the playoff with McLaughlin for the third singular spot.

The Tornadoes now travel to the Portsmouth Elks Country Club on Monday for the Division III district meet.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs