By: Bryan Waltersbwalters@heartlandpublications.com
September 13, 2012
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Close, but not close enough.
Only four-tenths of a stroke seperated Rob Canady from being the 2012 Player of the Year in the league, but the Gallia Academy senior still earned his third consecutive All-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League honor this fall for the Blue Devils.
Canady — who also earned All-SEOAL accolades in 2010 and 2011 — finished second overall in league scoring average, making him the only Blue Devil to earn All-SEOAL honors this year by completing the campaign with one of the top seven scores from this year.
Canady shot an average of 37.0 through six league matches, finishing just behind Logan sophomore Logan Holbrook — who won the 2012 SEOAL Player of the Year honors with an average of 36.6 strokes per outing. On top of being the league’s top player, it was also the first All-SEOAL honor for Holbrook.
Warren senior Zach McKenna earned his third All-SEOAL accolade with a third place average of 38.6, which was the top average for the league-champion Warriors. Warren also had three golfers make the seven-man squad, as seniors Steve Farley (39.0) and Adam Lang (39.2) finished fifth and seventh while earning their first all-league accolades on the links.
Logan senior Tristan Myers (38.8) and Chillicothe senior Gabe Preston (39.2) rounded out the 2012 All-SEOAL team by respectively placing fourth and sixth overall. It was the second All-SEOAL honor for Myers, while it was the first all-league honor for Preston.
Warren won the league title as a team with an overall mark of 28-2 in league play. Gallia Academy was the SEOAL runner-up with a 24-6 mark, while Logan finished third with a 17-13 record. Portsmouth (12-18), Jackson (9-21) and Chillicothe (0-30) rounded out the bottom half of the league standings.
Nathan Evans of Warren was also selected as the 2012 SEOAL coach of the year.
The All-SEOAL golf team is based on the seven best overall scoring averages during six league stroke-play matches. Players had to participate in at least five of the six league matches to be eligible, with the five best scores counting toward the total.