POMEROY, Ohio — And they’re off.
In the opening match of the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division golf season, the Tornadoes claimed 14-stroke victory over a five-team field, moving to 4-0 in the league, on Monday afternoon at the Meigs County Golf Course.
Southern compiled a total of 162 in the play six, count four format. Finishing second and now holding a 3-1 record was host Eastern with a total of 176. Wahama (2-2 TVC Hocking) claimed third with a total of 217, South Gallia (1-3) was next with 233, while Federal Hocking (0-4) placed fifth with 244.
Leading the way for Southern — which finished third in the league last fall — was match medalist Jonah Hoback, a senior who recorded a three-over-par round of 37. Next for Southern, two shots behind Hoback, was SHS junior Jarrett Hupp. Finishing third for the Purple and Gold and third overall was Jensen Anderson, with a six-over par 40.
Rounding out Southern’s total of 162 was Ryan Acree, with a round of 46. The Tornadoes potential tie-breaking scores were a 47 by Joey Weaver and a 49 by Trey Wood.
Eastern — last season’s league runner-up — was led by junior Ryan Harbour, who recorded an eight-over-par round of 42. Next for the Eagles were Jasiah Brewer with a 43 and Nick Durst with a 45. Fourth for EHS, Kaleb Honaker rounded out the Eagles’ total with a 46.
Also competing for the hosts, Garrett Chalfont recorded a 48 and John Harris fired a 58.
Wahama, which had just four golfers compete Monday, was led by senior Jace Heckaman with a 50. Next for the White Falcons, one shot back of Heckaman, was fellow WHS senior Anthony Ortiz. Carl Sayre posted a 56 for Wahama’s third score, while Kyher Bush rounded out the team total with a 60.
South Gallia was led by senior Curtis Haner with a 10-over-par round of 46. The Rebels’ next score was a 59 by Dustin Bainter, followed by a 61 by Noah Spurlock. Layne Ours capped off the SGHS total with a 67.
Also playing for the Rebels, but not counting toward the team total were Madisyn Spurlock and Chloey Campbell with matching scores of 68.
Federal Hocking — which didn’t field a golf team last fall — was led by Collin Jarrell and Jadyn Lawson with matching scores of 59. Brandon Bond was next for the Lancers, carding a 62, while Taylor Coleman posted a 64 for the Maroon and Gold.
Also competing, but not counting toward the FHHS total, Shane Fredrick shot a 67.
Eastern hosted the remainder of the league on Tuesday at the Meigs County Golf Course.
The Tornadoes, Eagles, White Falcons and Rebels are all slated to return to league action on August 15, at Lakeside Golf Course, where Waterford plays host.
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