CADIZ - St. Clairsville is holding a 18-stroke lead over Harrison Central after the first round of the 2013 Buckeye 8 Golf Championship thanks in large part to senior Seth Vannoy, who posted the low score of the day.
The all-district player paced all players in the tournament Friday, posting a 73 on Cadiz Country Club's Par 72 layout.
Vannoy began his round in a morning rain shower and once again was dodging rain drops as he began play on the back 9.
HARRISON CENTRAL junior Austin Kowalski eyes up a putt on the sixth hole during Friday’s opening round of the Buckeye 8 Golf Championship at Cadiz Country Club. Kowalski finished the round with a score of 79, six shots off the pace.
"I three-putted the one hole, but other than that it was a good day," Vannoy said.
Other Red Devils' whose scores were counted in the team rankings, included Nathan Teater's 83, Dalton Showalter's 84 and Michael Eaton's 93. All told, it resulted in a day one score of 333 total just under the Huskies' second place total of 351.
Junior Austin Kowalski signed the second-best card with a 79 to pace Harrison Central.
Ian Saho came soaring up out of the number 5 spot on the roster finishing with an 86 for the Huskies, while Bryce Walraith shot an 88 and Jarrett Edwards a 98 to round out the scoring for Harrison Central.
Union Local is currently third in the team standings with a 366 total. Tristan Bruce led the Jets with the third-best round of the day, shooting an 82. Jarrett Causby shot an 85 for the Jets, which tied him with Martins Ferry's Joel Shane.
Shane shot an 85, but was the only Purple Rider to finish in double digits.
Edison Local's Jimmy Marsh shot an 83 to match Teater's total and tie for fourth. Showalter was sixth overall in individual scoring.
Causby and Shane are tied for seventh, while Saho is sitting in ninth and both Walrath and Indian Creek's Aaron Foldi posted an 88 to round out the top 11 on the links.
In team scoring, Edison finished fourth with 377, followed by Indian Creek with 388, Martins Ferry right behind with 390 and Buckeye Local in seventh with 404. Bellaire is not fielding a golf team this season.
St. Clairsville will try to defend its 2012 Buckeye Championship when the tournament concludes with the second round at Belmont Hills Country Club on September 6.
Team champions, as well as first and second team all Buckeye 8, will be crowned following completion of the second round.