GA golfers finish 3rd in SEOAL
by Bryan Walters email@example.com
JACKSON, Ohio — There’s a first time for everything. Even when it’s the seventh time around.
The Logan golf team captured the program’s seventh Southeastern Ohio Athletic League title — and first-ever as an unbeaten — Thursday night following a three-shot victory over the field at Franklin Valley Golf Course in the Apple City.
The Chieftains became just the fourth SEOAL program to go undefeated in regular season league play, joining Athens (1979, 1980 and 1981), Jackson (2003) and Gallia Academy (2011) as the only other programs to accomplish the feat since golf switched from spring to the fall season back in 1975.
Just 16 strokes separated the field in the season finale, with Logan posting a winning tally of 154. Host Jackson was next with a 157, while Gallia Academy placed third overall with a 159. Warren (162) and Portsmouth (170) rounded out the five-team field.
The order of finish Thursday also proved to be the same in the final season standings. Logan went a perfect 20-0 this season, followed by the runner-up Ironmen at 11-9 and third-place Blue Devils at 9-11. Warren was fourth with a 6-14 league mark, while the Trojans took the final spot with a 4-16 record.
LHS junior Logan Holbrook earned medalist honors with a 1-under par round of 33 over nine holes, while Jackson’s Cole Massie was the overall runner-up with a 35. Holbrook also secured the lowest average score in SEOAL play again this fall, allowing him to win the SEOAL Player of the Year award for a second consecutive season.
Dares Hamid led the Blue Devils with a 38, followed by Bruce Moreaux with a 39 and Marcus Moore with a 40. Miles Cornwell rounded out the score with a 42, while Zach Graham and Casey Walker respectively added non-counting tallies of 43 and 56.
Reece Patton of Warren and Brandon Jones of PHS each led his respective squad with efforts of 37.
The seven players with the lowest scoring average earn All-SEOAL honors, and each competitor must have played in four of the five matches league matches. If a player participated in all five matches, the worst score was thrown out and the remaining efforts were utilized.
Joining Holbrook (34.25) this year on the 2013 All-SEOAL golf team are Logan’s Jacob Barstow (36.75), as well as Evan Massie (38.0) and Cole Massie (39.25) of Jackson and Brandon Jones (39.5) of Portsmouth. GAHS landed a pair of spots as well with Dares Hamid (38.5) and Bruce Moreaux (39.25).
Logan previously won SEOAL golf titles in 1963, 1981, 1984, 1992, 2000 and 2001.
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