ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Even in the offseason, the legend of the Gallia Academy golf program continues to grow.
Less than a year after earning a program-best third place finish at the Division II OHSAA Championships in Sunbury, the Blue Devils scored another major victory Tuesday and Wednesday at the 2012 Ohio Junior Amateur Golf Championships at Zanesville Country Club in Muskingum County.
Soon-to-be senior Rob Canady — a two-time All-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League performer — earned a top-10 finish individually in the 192-competitor event after posting a two-day score of 146. Canady posted two-day rounds of 76 and 70 to finish tied for eighth overall at 2-over par with Ryan Troyer of Dover and Kirran Magowan of Loveland.
Nate Yankovich of Blacklick won the individual title with a two-day effort of 6-under par 138. Clark Engle — the reigning D-2 state champion — was the overall runner-up with a 2-under par tally of 142.
Canady shot a 4-over par round of 76 on Tuesday, but rallied with a 2-under par round of 70 on Wednesday to complete his 2-over par effort.
Recent GAHS graduate and three-time All-SEOAL performer Nick Saunders finished tied for 75th after firing a 14-over par effort of 158 in the two days. Saunders — the 2011 SEOAL Player of the Year and future Shawnee State Bear — had respective rounds of 80 and 78 in Zanesville.
Other scores of interest from the southeastern part of the state included Colton Forcum of Chillicothe and Brent Morgan of Coal Grove finishing tied for 48th at 10-over par with matching efforts of 154.
Brandon Offenberger of Waterford finished tied for 105th with a 17-over par effort of 161. Eli McKee of Chillicothe tied for 143rd with a 22-over par effort of 166, while Tristan Myers of Logan tied for 154th place with a 23-over par effort of 167.
Canady is one of only two Blue Devils that did not graduate from last season’s seven-man varsity squad.