FRIENDSHIP, Ohio — Now that’s a first impression.
The Gallia Academy golf team came away with top honors in its first-ever Ohio Valley Conference tournament Friday following 19-stroke victory over the field at Shawnee State Golf Course in Scioto County.
The Blue Devils — who finished third overall in their final season as SEOAL members — captured the school’s first-ever OVC crown in convincing fashion, as the Blue White posted a team tally of 342 over 18 holes of play. GAHS also had five of the 13 selections to the all-league team, the most of any of the eight schools participating.
Portsmouth was the runner-up with a 361, while Ironton (373), Chesaspeake (374) and Fairland (376) rounded out the top five team spots. Coal Grove (391), South Point (428) and Rock Hill (457) completed spots six through eight.
Derek Lemley of Chesapeake won medalist honors with a 3-over par round of 75, the only sub-80 score posted at the event. Dares Hamid of GAHS was the overall runner-up with an 81.
Marcus Moore followed Hamid with an 86, while Kaden Thomas added an 87 for the Blue Devils. Taae Hamid and Miles Cornwell also earned all-league honors with identical rounds of 88, while Zach Graham also shot an 89 for Gallia Academy.
Portsmouth scores included Trent Rodbell (87), Austin Jones (83), Jahmir King (101), William Sturgill (90), Hayden Harcha (104) and Katy Pertuset (103).
Ironton scores included Mitchell Weisgarber (91), Chandler Dodson (88), Cory Rawlins (95), Mason Slagel (99), Trevin Dutey (112) and Trevor Hacker (104).
Chesapeake scores included Austin Hutchinson (91), Kobe McWhorter (104), Justin Black (104), Liam Thacker (115) and Brandon Blair (120).
Fairland scores included Hayden James (83), Reece Bellville (86), Cameron Shepherd (100), Connor Franklin (107) and Dillon Raines (114).
Coal Grove scores included Trevor Deere (82) Alex Gillette (102), Ryan Malone (94), Ethan Wilson (129), Jed Whitworth (113) and Luke Thompson (121).
South Point scores included Eddie Chinn (99), Madison Riley (102), Beau Taylor (102), Logan Wade (125), Abby Kincaid (134) and Chase Lynd (144).
Rock Hill scores included Logan Reed (84), Jason Haywood (103), Chase Nelson (129) and Austin Riddle (141).
Besides the Gallia Academy quintet of Moore, Thomas, Cornwell and both Hamids, the other All-OVC selections were Lemley (CHS), James and Bellville (FHS), Jones and Rodbell (PHS), Dodson (IHS), Deere (CGHS) and Reed (RHHS).
The Pointers were the only program to not have an individual earn all-league honors.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.