LOGAN, Ohio — For the Eastern Lady Eagles, the Gallia Academy Blue Angels and the Meigs Lady Marauders, it was simply a matter of not enough spots.
The same could be said for Southern senior Ashley Acree.
In coming oh so close to qualifying for next week’s district girls golf meet, the Eagles, Blue Angels and Marauders just missed out on the third and final ticket to that next round.
That’s because Eastern, Gallia Academy and Meigs missed advancing as teams from Monday’s Division II sectional tournament — held at Hocking Hills Golf Club in Logan.
The Lady Eagles, in fact, were one stroke shy of qualifying for the district meet, as Eastern amounted a 449 compared to third-place Warren with a 448.
Gallia Academy amassed a 453 to finish fifth, as Meigs mustered a 471 to place seventh.
There were nine teams to post team scores on Monday, as several schools — including Southern — fielded fewer than the minimum four players required for a team score.
The top three teams and the top three individuals not on a qualifying club move on to the district meet.
Acree, in shooting a 101 with a 49 on the front side and a 52 on the back, missed making it out as an individual by only two strokes.
Waterford won the team championship in easy fashion, capturing its second straight Division II sectional crown with an 80-stroke victory.
The Wildcats fired a team total of 366, as Circleville clipped Warren for second by only two strokes (446-448).
The Warriors only fielded four players, but proved to be one shot better than the Lady Eagles — spearheaded by an 89 from senior Megan Jacobsen.
Jacobsen was also the medalist runner-up, as junior McKenzie Dietz of Waterford was the match medalist with an 85.
Warren’s other three scores, all by underclassmen, went for 111, 122 and 126.
The top four individual scores counted towards the team total, as Eastern was paced by sophomore Kylee Tolliver with a 102 — and by senior Katelyn Edwards with a 104.
A pair of juniors, Kate Hawk and Sarah Bunce, chipped in a 116 and 127 respectively for the other two counting cards.
Eastern senior Ashley Tolliver tallied a 135 for the non-counting score.
Gallia Academy was led by sophomore Molly Fitzwater, who actually tied Acree with a 101 — and just missed qualifying as an individual.
Fitzwater shot a 54 and 47 for her 18-hole round.
The Blue Angels’ two seniors — Kimberly Edelmann and Breanna Justice — added a 107 and 113 respectively, while the fourth counting score belonged to sophomore Sydney Crothers (132).
Carley Johnson, a freshman, shot a 152 for the Angels.
Meigs’ four counting scores were a 110 by senior Kendra Robie, a 112 by sophomore Shaylnn Mitchell, a 121 by senior Dannett Davis and a 128 by senior Mersadies Markins.
Mikayla Ratcliff, a freshman, clubbed a 133 for the Lady Marauders.
In addition to Dietz, Waterford’s top four scores all shot 97 or better, as Alexander senior Taylor Boggs placed third with a 90 to qualify as an individual.
Hanna Shrout of Fairland with a 97, and Katey Surratt of Logan Elm with a 99, edged out Acree and Fitzwater for the final individual spots.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106