Blue Devils, Chapman compete in district golf

By Paul Boggs -

WILLIAMSPORT, Ohio — Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, and even for Meigs High School junior Levi Chapman, they’ve seen the end of this road before.

That’s because the Gallia Academy High School boys golf team, and Chapman as an individual, saw their 2016 seasons come to an end on Wednesday — as part of the annual Division II district tournament at Crown Hill Golf Club.

The Blue Devils, in appearing in their ninth consecutive district tournament, did not qualify for the annual state meet — thanks to finishing seventh out of 10 teams.

Gallia Academy and Fairfield Union each shot a team total of 349, but the Blue Devils took seventh as a result of the fifth-score tiebreaker.

However, only the top two teams — and the top two individuals not on a qualifying club — advance to the state.

Gallia Academy had placed third in the Division II sectional meet —part of the top five squads to move on to the district.

But that is where it stopped on Wednesday — with 59 golfers competing on a challenging course.

Piketon with a 324 and New Lexington with a 326 were the two teams punching tickets to next week’s state meet.

They edged out Sheridan’s 330, Waverly’s 338 and Unioto’s 341 for the top team spots.

Following Fairfield Union and Gallia Academy’s 349s, Zane Trace with 369, Portsmouth West with 380 and Portsmouth with 393 rounded out the team scores.

The top nine squads all featured five players apiece, while Portsmouth played with four golfers —which is the minimum number necessary to post a team total.

The top four individual scores counted towards the team tally.

For the Blue Devils, junior Kaden Thomas led the way with an 85, followed by a pair of 87s from fellow junior Taae Hamid and senior Jeremy Brumfield.

Thomas fired a 43 on the front side and a 42 on the back, while Hamid had a 43 and 44 — followed by Brumfield reversing (44-43) his two nine-hole scores.

The fourth counting card for GAHS belonged to senior Miles Cornwell, who shot an even 90 — with a 47 on the front and a 43 on the back.

The fifth score for the Blue Devils was the 93 of senior Josh Davis, but Carson Price of Fairfield Union edged him — by a mere two strokes — for the fifth-score tiebreaker.

Chapman, meanwhile, was one of 10 players attempting to qualify on an individual basis.

He finished tied for 21st with a score of 86, shooting a pair of 43s in the process.

Last season, Chapman made his first appearance in the district tournament —and tied for 34th with an 89.

Thomas actually tied for 19th with his 85, as Steve Zimmerman of Piketon was the match medalist with a one-over-par 73.

Heath Knight of Sheridan, who was the medalist runner-up, was one of the two state qualifiers with a 76.

Five individuals all shot 77 for third place, but the second qualifying spot went to Unioto’s Jacob Calvin, who won on the first playoff hole.

While Chapman has one final chance to return to the district, Wednesday was the final outing for the Blue Devils’ three seniors —Brumfield, Cornwell and Davis.

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

By Paul Boggs