GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Meigs High School golf team simply beat the heat, and dominated the field, during the 2016 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division’s opening match on Thursday.
Battling tee-off temperatures near 100 degrees, the Marauders managed to fire a team total of 183 — and capture the first match of seven by exactly 20 strokes at a steamy Cliffside Golf Club in Gallipolis.
River Valley, with only two players this season, was the host school for the event.
Meigs was the only team under 200, as all of the other squads fielded at least four players — which is the necessary number to post a team score.
Three Marauders posted scores in the 40s — the only team to do so as they begin league play at 6-0.
One of those three scores belonged to Meigs junior Levi Chapman, who posted a four-over-par 40 to earn match medalist honors.
Athens (5-1) amassed a second-place finish with a 203, followed closely by Alexander (4-2) with a 209.
Vinton County (3-3), the two-time defending division champion and which shared the league championship with Meigs two years ago, was fourth with a 216.
The Marauders also won the league title outright in 2012 and 2013.
Wellston (2-4) was fifth with a 226, followed by Nelsonville-York (1-5) with a 265 and River Valley (0-6) with no team score.
Athens and Vinton County each had two players in the 40s, while Alexander’s Taylor Boggs (46) was the lone Spartan to do just that.
Besides Chapman’s 40, Chase Whitlatch followed with a 44 for Meigs — while Wyatt Nicholson added a 46.
Brody Reynolds, the Marauders’ sixth man on Thursday, was the fourth counting card with a 53.
Bryce Swatzel with a 55 and Theo McElroy with a 61 rounded out the Marauder scores.
River Valley senior Grant Gilmore shot a 68, while sophomore teammate Aaron Burke chipped in with a 59.
Athens’ Drew Zorn led the Bulldogs with a 44, while Preston Hayes had a 49.
Athens’ Owen Campetelli shot a 52, while Ryan Shehan shot a 58.
Besides Boggs’ 46, Alexander’s Austin McClain and Casey McDonald managed a pair of 54s — with Whit Byrd adding a 55.
Vinton County’s Cameron Hamon was the medalist runner-up with a 42, followed closely by Noah Waddell with a 44.
The Vikings’ Jacob Brotherton shot a 62, while Adam Clary and Zane Walker wound up with a pair of 68s.
Wellston’s four counting cards were all in the 50s — Josh Lung with a 54, Hunter Cardwell with a 56, Timothy Stanley with a 57 and Austin Wilkett with a 59.
Nelsonville-York only fielded four players, including a 62 from Casey Davis, a 65 from Ben Johnson and a 66 from Tanner Smith.
The second TVC-Ohio match will take place on Tuesday, as Alexander is the host at the Ohio University Golf Course in Athens.
Tee time is set for 4:30 p.m.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106