The Panther golf team continues to sharpen its game, and it’s showing up on the scorecard.
Jackson County produced one of the best 18-hole tournament performances in school history Saturday, shooting a collective 326 at the Gordon Lee Invitational.
The Panthers — who play Thursday in the county championships at Double Oaks Golf Club — finished third out of 14 teams, 10 strokes behind tournament winner Heritage (316).
“We played really well (Saturday),” coach Warren Standridge said.
Two Panthers carded sub-80 rounds. Anthony Whobrey fired a 74, and York Delloyd shot a 75 as both finished in the top five and were named to the all-tournament team.
Ian McGauhgey (87) and Noah Custer (90) rounded out the scoring for the Panthers. Trey Evans (93) also competed.
Standridge said this is definitely a good sign from his team, which has been tasked with replacing five golfers from last year.
“We didn’t expect it because we hadn’t shown that ability in the past week,” Standridge said.
Not that the Panthers had been playing poorly. After all, the team boasts a 6-1 match record.
“But the scores weren’t where we needed them to be until (Saturday),” Standridge said.
Jackson County followed up Saturday’s performance with a strong showing in the Big Red Shootout in Gainesville, which featured a point-style format.
Delloyd shot a 72 to finish with 39 points to lead the Panthers, while Whobrey posted a 78 to pick up 31 points. McGaughey added 23 points with a round of 85, and Evans finished with 16 points after shooting a 93. The Panthers shot 328 as a team.
Now, with the weather improving and the Panthers seeing competition up and down the lineup, Standridge likes what he’s seeing.
“Oh yeah, I think everything is in good shape,” Standridge said. “The guys we have back know what we expect. They want to go to state. They want to do their own thing.”