GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — A possible first for Gallia County, with an interesting twist.
In what was believed to be the first-ever golf match featuring only and all three schools from Gallia County, it was host Gallia Academy that easily came away with the top spot Thursday at Cliffside Golf Course in the Old French City.
The Blue Devils had a pair of teams entered in the 9-hole quad against River Valley and South Gallia, with the White team serving more as the older group while the Blue team consisted of mostly younger players.
The White team, which included all three GAHS seniors, ultimately came up one stroke short in the battle with their younger counterparts. The Blue team posted a winning tally of 170 and the White team was second with a 171.
The Raiders finished third overall with a team tally of 205 and also landed the quad medalist, as senior Logan Sheets fired an even-par round of 36 on the back nine. The Rebels were fourth with a collective effort of 236.
Sheets and GAHS senior Dares Hamid, who had the low round for the White team with a 39, were the only two Gallia County golfers to shoot a sub-40 score.
Taae Hamid paced the winning GAHS Blue team with a 41, followed by John Stout with a 42 and Kaden Thomas with a 43. Miles Cornwell completed the victory with a 44, while Josh Davis and Ian Evans collective fired rounds of 48 and 71.
Marcus Moore followed Dares Hamid on the White squad with a 40, while Zach Graham and Jeremy Brumfield respectively shot rounds of 42 and 50. Nick Denbow and Evan Lincoln also posted scores of 57 and 70, respectively.
Brandon Cornell followed Sheets with a 54 for RVHS, while Cliff Chapman and Grant Gilmore rounded out the scoring with respective efforts of 56 and 59. Chance Gillman also fired a 61 for the Raiders.
Cuyler Mills led the Rebels with a 51, followed by Curtis Haner with a 53 and Tristin Davis with a 64. Josh Henry and Caleb Henry both posted identical marks of 68, while Illyssa Saunders carded a 74.
There were only four birdies recorded at the event, and all four came from Gallia Academy players — with three of those coming from members of the runner-up White team.
Graham and Dares Hamid both birdied the par-5 on No. 12, while Moore landed a birdie on the par-4 at No. 11. Stout had the winning Blue team’s lone birdie on No. 11.
Sheets had zero birdies or bogeys en route to posting the lowest individual score at the event.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.