MASON, W. Va. — In the game of golf, all it takes is a single stroke.
For the Southern Tornadoes, that one shot was the difference on Monday — as the Tornadoes topped defending Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division champion Waterford.
In a key early-season TVC-Hocking match, hosted by Wahama at Riverside Golf Course, the Tornadoes took the triangular tilt over both Waterford and Wahama.
Southern shot a 178 to Waterford’s 179, while Wahama had a 222.
The contest marked the opening TVC-Hocking match for the Tornadoes, while Waterford was playing its third league triangular — and suffering its first loss.
Each team fielded six players, with the top four scores counting towards the team total.
For the Tornadoes, five players all shot in the 40s, while Waterford only had four.
Southern’s Jensen Anderson and Waterford’s Wes Jenkins shared medalist honors, both firing a five-over-par 40.
The Tornadoes’ other counting cards belonged to Jonah Hoback with a 45 and Tanner Thorla with a 46 — as both Ryan Acree and Jarrett Hupp had a 47.
Ashley Acree carded a 57 for Southern.
Waterford’s Jordan Welch followed Jenkins’ 40 with a 41, but the third-lowest score for the Wildcats was Travis Pottmeyer with a 46.
Evan Seevers shot a 52 for the final Waterford counting score.
Rounding out the Wildcat cards were Matt Seemon with a 54 and Jared Miller with a 58.
Wahama had its four counting scores in the 50s — Carl Sayre with a 53, Anthony Ortiz with a 54, Gage Smith with a 56 and Jace Heckaman with a 59.
The other two White Falcon scores were Ethan Herdman with a 65 and Megan Roush with a 68.
Southern returns to the road, and returns to TVC-Hocking Division action, on Monday against host South Gallia and visiting Federal Hocking.
Tee-off time is set for 4:30 p.m. at Cliffside Golf Club.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106