LOGAN, Ohio — Teays Valley, whose fifth-best score would have counted for everyone else in the field, claimed the inaugural Logan Invitational boys golf tournament championship Monday at the Brass Ring Golf Club.
The Vikings had a team score of 307 in the 18-hole event to easily hold off runner-up Lancaster Fisher Catholic (325), while host Logan (333) edged defending Southeastern Ohio Athletic League champion Gallipolis (334) for third place.
Rounding out the 10-team field were Sheridan (336), Logan Elm (352), Logan B (385), Nelsonville-York (393), Circleville (424) and Amanda-Clearcreek (428).
Five golfers played for each team, with the best four scores counting in the team total. Groveport, which only had two participants, did not record a team score.
Four Vikings (J.D. Davis 73, Jacob Braskett and Kyle Barnett 77 each, Cody Burley 80) shot 80 or under. The Vikings’ fifth-best score, Zach Mogan’s 84 — which did not count — would have been the first- or second-best score for six of the other nine teams.
Gallia Academy’s Rob Canady fired a one-over-par 36-36—72 to take medalist honors to edge Davis (37-36—73) by one stroke.
“The tournament went real well,” said new Logan coach Keith Myers, who organized the event along with club pro Brian Carney. “It ran smoothly and we had some really good golfers here today.”
When the scores were originally tallied, Logan and Gallipolis were tied for third place with scores of 333 and Gallipolis won the tiebreaker based on the score of the player who was not counted.
But a re-examination of the scores added one more stroke to a Gallipolis player, meaning the Chiefs finished ahead of their SEOAL counterparts… a major accomplishment indeed, considering the Blue Devils went undefeated last season until the state Division II tournament, where they finished third.
Logan’s top three players — Logan Holbrook (39-37—76), Tristan Myers (39-39—78) and Jake Barstow (40-40—80) — carded scores of 80 or less. Graham Keynes added 99 and Nick Wyrick 102 for the Purple & White.
The Chiefs suffered a major team blow late last week when senior and three-year letterman Jordan Fizer was badly injured in an accident at the Athens County Fair. Fizer will miss the remainder of the season.
“Our top three scores on the A team were very good and competitive with everyone in the tournament,” Myers said. “We have to get that four and five score lower, but from the B team we had two or three scores that will fit right in.
“Since we don’t have Jordan, the lineup is definitely going to change,” he added. Jordan’s freshman brother, Hunter, “came out on the B team and shot an 89 and played real well and Paul Duffy (93) shot well. We’ll have to look at scores and evaluate what it’s going to take for the next couple matches this week and see how we do in those.
“I told the guys that just because you have a bad round doesn’t mean you’re not in the lineup for two or three weeks. The lineup’s going to change.”
The Chiefs travel to the Portsmouth Invitational Thursday and to the Bloom-Carroll Invitational on Friday. The first nine holes of the Portsmouth match count in Southeastern Ohio Athletic League competition, which is the inaugural league match of the season.
Craig Dunn is the sports editor of the Logan Daily News in Logan, Ohio.
Team and individual scores were as follows:
Teays Valley (307): Jacob Brackett 40-37—77, Zach Mogan 46-38—84, J.D. Davis 37-36—73, Cody Burley 43-37—80, Kyle Barnett 38-39—77.
Fisher Catholic (325): Shey McGuire 44-43—87, Blake Saffel 42-42—84, Conner Martin 40-40—80, Aaron Wood 46-36—82, Brady Taulbee 37-42—79.
Logan A (333): Tristan Myers 39-39—78, Logan Holbrook 39-37—76, Jake Barstow 40-40—80, Nick Wyrick 48-54—102, Graham Keynes 50-49—99.
Gallipolis (334): Rob Canady 36-36—72, Dares Hamid 42-43—85, Brady Curry 41-43—84, Sean Saltzgaber 45-48-93, Bruce Moreaux 54-47—101.
Sheridan (336): Luke Bowen 43-37—80, Trey Barker 42-41—83, Jacob Miller 44-46—90, Mason Conrad 48-41—89, Austin Dittoe 42-42—84.
Logan Elm (352): Jacob Caudill 40-45—85, Tyler Ressler 44-39—83, Seth Follis 44-45—89, Curtis Lands 52-43—95, Dylan Smith 48-50—98.
Logan B (385): Hunter Fizer 42-47—89, Paul Duffy 52-41—93, Jacob Johnson 53-53—106, Jordan Castle 56-55—111, Jared Walker 49-48—97.
Nelsonville-York (393): Brandon Flores 47-45—92, Wyatt May 52-42—94, Ryan Duffy 48-51—99, David Strausbaugh 56-52—108, Chase Koker 60-59—119.
Circleville (424): Trevor Webb 45-56—91, Austin Leib 61-55—116, Reed Hugus 57-54—111, Evan Wadlington 53-56—109, Zeth Hawley 61-52—113.
Amanda-Clearcreek (428): Colton Ball 59-47—106, Mike Young 50-52—102, Seth VanFossen 51-53—104, Drew VanScoy 62-67—129, Tyler Smith 51-65—116.
Groveport (no team score): Clint Miller 44-40—84, Trent Kopala 50-42—92.