Blue Devils down Redmen, Trojans


By Paul Boggs - pboggs@aimmediamidwest.com



Gallia Academy’s Reece Thomas chips to the sixth green during Tuesday’s triangular golf match at Cliffside Golf Club in Gallipolis.


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GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Gallia Academy Blue Devils — despite how small it may seem — did gain a measure of revenge.

That’s because the Blue Devils defeated visiting Rock Hill on Tuesday — as part of a triangular golf match at Cliffside Golf Club in Gallipolis.

The Blue Devils downed the Redmen 191-215, while the third competing club —fellow Ohio Valley Conference member Portsmouth — had just three players participate and thus could not post a team score.

Both Gallia Academy and Rock Hill had six players apiece, as the three teams took aim at the par-36 Cliffside Golf Club front side.

On Monday, as part of the annual Ironton Invitational at Rock Hill’s home course of Ironton Country Club, the Redmen edged the Blue Devils by a single stroke —374-375 — as part of the 18-hole tournament.

On Tuesday, the Blue Devils flipped the script, and had all four of its counting scores go for 52 or below.

Three of those were in the 40s, as only medalist Logan Reed of Rock Hill had the Redmen’s only score under 50.

Reed fired a seven-over par 43, as senior Kaden Thomas of Gallia Academy immediately followed with a 44.

Thomas stood at even par through the first five holes.

Thomas’ younger brother, GAHS sophomore Reece Thomas, tied William Sturgill of Portsmouth with a 46.

The other counting scores for the Blue Devils were Cooper Davis with a 49 and Elijah Blazer with a 52, while the non-counting cards were those of Hobie Graham (55) and Nick Mayes (76).

Rock Hill’s other three counting scores featured a 50 from Jason Haywood, a 59 from Austin Riddle and a 63 from Chase Nelson.

Kelsey Olderman added a 70, while Isaiah McFann finished with a 78.

Portsmouth’s postings also included a 50 from Katy Pertuset and a 67 by Aiden Donges.

Speaking of Portsmouth, the Trojans will host Thursday’s annual Portsmouth Invitational at the Portsmouth Elks Country Club — of which the Blue Devils will also be participating.

Gallia Academy’s Reece Thomas chips to the sixth green during Tuesday’s triangular golf match at Cliffside Golf Club in Gallipolis.
http://mydailytribune.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/08/web1_8.10-GA-Thomas.jpgGallia Academy’s Reece Thomas chips to the sixth green during Tuesday’s triangular golf match at Cliffside Golf Club in Gallipolis. Paul Boggs|OVP Sports

By Paul Boggs

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

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