Gus Slone made South Gallia history Wednesday at the Division III sectional golf tournament in Chillicothe, as the junior became the first Rebel to ever qualify for district play after winning one of three individual spots at the Jaycees Golf Course in Ross County.
Slone fired an 82 over 18 holes of play, which earned him the second of three individual spots that advanced to district play next Tuesday at Cumberland Trail in Pataskala. Slone — who had the fifth lowest round overall on the day — was also the only local golfer to qualify out to districts in Division III play.
Bobby Welch of West Union and Chandler Grooms of Pike Western were the other individual qualifiers from the D-3 tournament in Chillicothe. Brent Morgan of Coal Grove earned medalist honors with a 2-over par round of 74.
The Rebels were 10th out of 16 teams with a tally of 388. Following Slone for the Rebels was Seth Jarrell with a 95. Ethan Swain added a 97 and Cuyler Mills concluded the scoring with a 114.
Coal Grove won the D-3 team title at Chillicothe with a 335, followed by Wheelersburg with a 339 and Lynchburg Clay with a 363. Those three squads also advanced to D-3 district play.
The Eastern and Southern golf seasons came to an end Wednesday at the D-3 sectional meet in Portsmouth, as neither the Eagles nor the Tornadoes managed to qualify for districts during play at the Shawnee State Golf Course in Scioto County.
Southern placed seventh overall with a team score of 382, while Eastern was eighth out of 11 teams with a tally of 400. Belpre won the sectional title with a 334 and Waterford was second with a 339. Both teams qualified for district play next Tuesday at Cumberland Trail in Pataskala.
Adam Pape had the fifth-best individual score on the day and also led Southern with an 87, followed by Jacob Hoback with a 97 and Danny Ramthun with a 98. Cole Graham rounded out the SHS score with an even 100, while Bradley McCoy also chipped in an effort of 111.
David Warner paced EHS with a 92, followed by Kyle Young with a 96 and Derick Powell with a 103. Marshall Aanstead completed the Eagles’ tally with a 109, while Josh Parker also added a round of 110.
Brandyn Offenberger of Waterford was the sectional medalist with a 3-over par round of 75. Caleb Jago of Crooksville and Peyton Cooper of Adena earned the two individual qualifiers to district with respective efforts of 79 and 81.