GALLIPOLIS — Good years usually come from strong starts.
And if his start to 2017 is any indication, Portsmouth’s William Sturgill is going to have a good year, to say the least.
Sturgill, who shot a 46 in the nine-hole Gallia Academy Tri-Match at Cliffside Golf Course in Gallipolis, finished in the top-five for the second straight day as the Trojans’ top golfing hand tied with Gallia Academy’s Reece Thomas for the third overall finishing position in the tri-match on Tuesday.
Portsmouth, who also collected another impressive round from Katy Pertuset, was not able to garner an official team score due to not having the four players necessary to collect the official score. However, for the second straight day, Sturgill’s 46, along with the 50 that Pertuset collected on her scorecard, put the pair on pace to shoot an average of 100 or below through 18 holes for the second straight day.
Aiden Donges shot a score of 67 to round out the efforts for the Trojans, who will host the Portsmouth Invitational at Elks Country Club on Thursday morning.
Gallia Academy edges Rock Hill in Gallia Tri-Match
The Gallia Academy Blue Devils — despite how small it may seem — did gain a measure of revenge.
That’s because the Blue Devils defeated visiting Rock Hill on Tuesday — as part of a triangular golf match at Cliffside Golf Club in Gallipolis.
The Blue Devils downed the Redmen 191-215, while the third competing club —fellow Ohio Valley Conference member Portsmouth — had just three players participate and thus could not post a team score.
Both Gallia Academy and Rock Hill had six players apiece, as the three teams took aim at the par-36 Cliffside Golf Club front side.
On Monday, as part of the annual Ironton Invitational at Rock Hill’s home course of Ironton Country Club, the Redmen edged the Blue Devils by a single stroke —374-375 — as part of the 18-hole tournament.
On Tuesday, the Blue Devils flipped the script, and had all four of its counting scores go for 52 or below.
Three of those were in the 40s, as only medalist Logan Reed of Rock Hill had the Redmen’s only score under 50.
Reed fired a seven-over par 43, as senior Kaden Thomas of Gallia Academy immediately followed with a 44.
Thomas stood at even par through the first five holes.
Thomas’ younger brother, GAHS sophomore Reece Thomas, tied William Sturgill of Portsmouth with a 46.
The other counting scores for the Blue Devils were Cooper Davis with a 49 and Elijah Blazer with a 52, while the non-counting cards were those of Hobie Graham (55) and Nick Mayes (76).
Rock Hill’s other three counting scores featured a 50 from Jason Haywood, a 59 from Austin Riddle and a 63 from Chase Nelson.
Kelsey Olderman added a 70, while Isaiah McFann finished with a 78.
Gallia Academy Tri-Match Individual Scores (top 10 listed):
1. Logan Reed (Rock Hill) 43
2. Kaden Thomas (Gallia Academy) 44
t-3. William Sturgill (Portsmouth) 46
t-3. Reece Thomas (Gallia Academy) 46
5. Cooper Davis (Gallia Academy) 49
t-6. Katy Pertuset (Portsmouth) 50
t-6. Jason Haywood (Rock Hill) 50
8. Elijah Blazer (Gallia Academy) 52
9. Hobie Graham (Gallia Academy) 55
10. Austin Riddle (Rock Hill) 59