GLOUSTER, Ohio — The Bulldogs took a pretty big bite out of the opening competition.
The Athens golf team posted a double-digit victory over the field during the first of seven league matches on Wednesday during the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division opener hosted by Nelsonville-York High School at Forest Hill Golf Course in Athens County.
The Bulldogs carded four of the top six individual efforts while cruising to a winning tally of 156. Alexander was the overall runner-up with a 167, while Meigs was third with a 182.
Wellston claimed the four spot with a 187 and Vinton County was fifth with a 193. River Valley placed sixth with a 212, while the host Buckeyes had only two competitors and did not record a team score.
Ben Pratt of Athens claimed medalist honors with a 1-under par round of 35. Teammate Nathan Cradick and T.J. Vogt of Alexander shared runner-up honors with identical efforts of 38.
Payton Brown paced Meigs with a 43, followed by Bailey Jones with a 44 and Landon McGee with a 47. Coen Hall and Gunnar Peavley also fired matching rounds of 48.
Dalton Mershon paced the Raiders with a 49, followed by Jordan Lambert with a 51 and Connor Clay with a 55. Ethan Roberts wrapped up the team tally with a 57, while Thomas Stout also posted a 64.
Will Briggs led Wellston with a 43 and Isaiah Allen paced Vinton County with a 44. Jack McDonald led NYHS with a 59.
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