ATHENS, Ohio — Eight shots separated first and fourth places in the team standings Wednesday, but Athens ultimately managed to hang on and claim a three-stroke victory over the field in the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division opener held at the Ohio University Golf Course in Athens County.
Only one player managed to shoot par on the day, as Michael Frame of Athens posted a 35 to earn medalist honors. Frame finished three shots ahead of runner-up Austin Ward (38) of Vinton County, which coincidentally proved to be the winning three shots between AHS and the runner-up Vikings.
The Bulldogs posted a winning tally of 185, followed by host VCHS with a 188 and Wellston with a 189. Meigs was fourth overall with a 193, while Alexander (197) and Nelsonville-York (240) rounded out the six-team field.
David Davis led the Marauders with a 46, followed by Taylor Rowe with a 47 and Derik Hill with a 49. Austin Hennington rounded out the team scoring with a 51, while Evan George and Matt Foster had respective non-counting rounds of 52 and 64.
After Frame for Athens, Ryan McCarthy posted a 49 and Adam Cutright shot a 50. Zach Shrivers rounded out the winning tally with a 51.
David Allen followed Ward for VCHS with a 45, while Alec Boothe and Alex Dixon rounded out the Vikings’ respective score with efforts of 49 and 56.
Hunter Riepenhoff led the Rockets with a 39, followed by matching 49s from Dakota Riegel and Blake Royster. Dustin Downard also had a 52 for WHS.
Bryce Jeffers led Alexander with a 48, while the duo of Blake Linder and Dallas Swiney posted matching 49s. John Rupe rounded out the Spartans’ tally with a 51.
Chase Coke led NYHS with a 53, followed by David Strausbaugh with a 58 and Ben Johnson with a 62. Tanner Smith wrapped things up for the Buckeyes with a 66.
Athens, Alexander and the Marauders all earned a share of last year’s league crown with matching 7-3 league marks. The next TVC Ohio match will be on Monday, with Athens being the host school.