WILLIAMSPORT, Ohio — Amid a rain-soaked links from Friday night’s rain, the Gallia Academy High School boys golf team competed on Saturday at the annual Westfall Invitational at Crown Hill Golf Club.
Of the 10 total clubs which competed, the young Blue Devils placed eighth — firing a team total of 396.
Gallia Academy only finished ahead of ninth-place Logan and 10th-place Huntington, which finished with team tallies of 429 and 543 respectively.
Adena, with only three players, and Southeastern — with just two — did not field the minimum four golfers in order to post a team score.
The Blue Devils fielded five at Westfall, paced by sole senior Kaden Thomas, who shot an 87 and tied for eighth overall.
Thomas fired a 42 on the front side and a 45 on the back, and made the all-tournament team, which consisted of individuals among the top-10.
Reece Thomas followed with a 93 (47-46), as the other two counting GAHS scores were Hobie Graham with a 106 (49-57) and Elijah Blazer with a 110 (52-58).
Wyatt Sipple shot a 131 (65-66) for the Blue Devils’ non-counting card.
Like Gallia Academy, Logan only sported five players, while Huntington had four for the only other squad that did not feature a full field of six.
New Lexington, with a team score of 332, landed the team championship — followed by runner-up Piketon (345) and third-place Logan Elm (351).
Host Westfall (370) clipped Circleville (376) for fourth, while Vinton County (381) edged out Zane Trace (389) for sixth.
Colt Ebert of Logan Elm earned match medalist honors, firing a smooth 74 on the wet terrain.
Kolten Foraker and Trey Givens of New Lexington both shot 76, while Evan Huffman of Logan Elm amounted an 81.
Tying Thomas with an 87 was Brayton Felger of Westfall, while Piketon’s trio of Colton Blakeman (82), Brandon Wooldridge (84) and Jamie Clifford (86) were right ahead of them.
The 10th member of the all-tournament unit was Vinton County’s Bailey Bartoe with an 88.
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