LOGAN, Ohio — In the game of golf, you take nothing for granted.
Still, the Logan Chieftains have built just about an insurmountable Southeastern Ohio Athletic League lead with two league matches still to be played.
The Purple and White are on the verge of their first SEOAL title in 12 years after winning Tuesday’s conference match at the Brass Ring Golf Club.
The Chieftains posted a team score of 154, besting runner-up Jackson (169) by a whopping 15 strokes to more than hold serve on their home course.
Warren (176) took third place based on a sixth-best-score tiebreaker over Portsmouth (176), and Gallia Academy (188) was fifth in the third of five round-robin league matches.
Logan (12-0) now owns a commanding five-game lead over Jackson (7-5), followed by GAHS (4-8), Portsmouth (4-8) and Warren (3-9). The Chiefs can still be caught, but the bottom would have to fall out.
About the only way the Chiefs can let the conference title slip through their collective fingers would be to finish last or next-to-last in the final two league matches while Jackson wins both.
As it is, the Chiefs can clinch the title next Thursday at Cliffside Golf Club near Gallipolis in the season’s penultimate conference match. A second-place finish assures the Chiefs of a title share, and a first-place finish secures the title.
Logan last won the SEOAL golf championship in 2001, the second of back-to-back conference crowns.
Last year’s SEOAL Player of the Year, junior Logan Holbrook, shot an outstanding four-under-par round of 32 — the lowest score in the league this season by three shots — and sophomore Jacob Barstow carded a one-under-par 35, the season’s second-best conference tally.
Tuesday’s league match scores:
Logan (12-0 SEOAL) 154: Logan Holbrook 32, Jacob Barstow 35, Jared Walker 42, Hunter Fizer 45, Paul Duffy 45, Graham Keynes 48.
Jackson (7-5) 169: Evan Massie 39, Cole Massie 40, Casey Walker 45, Adam Kirby 45, Dakota Simpson 48, Jarred Lemaster 49.
Warren (3-9) 176 (placed third on sixth-best-score tiebreaker): Kyler Dennis 41, Reece Patton 43, Josh Jankauskas 45, Max Hapney 47, Robert Henry 53, Alex Fleischer 55.
Portsmouth (4-8) 176: Trent Rodbell 42, Brandon Jones 42, Tanner Poage 45, Logan Gullett 47, Drew Miller 53, A.J. Jones 57.
Gallia Academy (4-8) 188: Bruce Moreaux 40, Dares Hamid 46, Marcus Moore 49, Miles Cornwell 53, Zach Graham 55, Jeremy Brumfield 57.
Craig Dunn is the sports editor of the Logan Daily News in Logan, Ohio.