GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — A solid start for the defending champions.
Southern opened the 2018 league golf season in style on Thursday with a 15-stroke victory over the field in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division match held at Cliffside Golf Course in Gallia County.
The Tornadoes — who won the 2017 TVC Hocking title outright — picked up right where they left off after posting four of the top eight scores in the five-school event, allowing the Purple and Gold to roll to a winning tally of 174.
Waterford was the runner-up with a 189, while Miller was third with a 208. Both Trimble and host South Gallia also competed at the event, but neither squad had enough golfers to finish the day with a final team tally.
Wesley Jenkins of Waterford claimed medalist honors with a 5-over par round of 41. Four players finished second with identical rounds of 42, one shot off the mark of Jenkins.
Southern had half of those runner-up efforts as both Jarrett Hupp and Ryan Acree paced the Tornadoes with matching 42s. Jensen Anderson and Joey Weaver completed the winning SHS tally with a pair of 45s.
Landon Hill and Tanner Lisle also fired respective efforts of 52 and 60 for Southern.
The host Rebels were led by Noah Spurlock with a 68, followed by Nolan Stanley with a 71 and Sam Cudd with a 72.
Brooks Soprano followed Jenkins with a 42, while Matt Semen and Will Huck completed the Wildcat tally with respective rounds of 50 and 56.
Hunter Dutiel paced the Falcons with a 42, with Blaine Needham and Trey Hettich both adding identical efforts of 55. Brody Dutiel completed the MHS score with a 56.
Zach Bragg and MaKala Losey shot 62 and 72, respectively, for the Tomcats.
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