JACKSON County’s boys’ golf team seemingly overachieved every step of the way this year, so it was fitting the team did so again at state.
Led by senior York Delloyd’s round of 76, the Panthers shot a 327 Monday at Belle Meade Country Club in Thomson to finish eighth in Class AAA. The team was ranked no. 15 heading into the tournament.
“I’m just as happy as I can be,” said coach Warren Standridge, whose team featured several first-year starters.
Delloyd, who closed with a 37 on the back nine, finished tied for 11th in his final match as a high school golfer.
Delloyd, the team’s lone senior, was a four-year starter for Jackson County and even practiced with the team back when he was in eighth grade, so Monday’s round meant a lot to him.
“He was a little emotional finishing up,” said Standridge, who noted that Delloyd took on a lot of responsibility as the team’s leader.
The Panthers received other solid scores throughout the lineup. Anthony Whobrey closed his season with an 80, while Ian McGaughey posted an 83 and Grant Richardson rounded out the scoring with an 88.
Trey Evens (90) and Devyn Zubler (90) also played but didn’t factor into the scoring.
“I couldn’t have been more pleased,” Standridge said. “It was a tough course and the layout was a lot harder than most people thought it was going to be.”
Two of Jackson County’s Region 8-AAA foes finished no. 1 and 2 in the state with North Oconee winning the Class AAA title with a score of 302, and Oconee County finishing second with a 304.
Standridge felt his team was plenty ready for state given what it faces all year in region play.
“The biggest thing is that our region is so strong … We’ve had that type of competition all year long,” Standridge said. “I just think our kids were just used to it.”
And so ends another memorable year for the Panthers.
Jackson County has now played in back-to-back state tournaments but will have to find a way to return to state next year without Delloyd.
“We’ll lose York and replacing a no. 1 is always difficult,” Standridge said, “but Anthony (Whobrey) will be ready to step up and take that role … We’ll be OK. Our younger kids will step up.”