THOUGH Jackson County’s golf team didn’t make it to state, it did have one representative.
Sophomore York Delloyd, who qualified for state by finishing in the top six individually at the Region 8-AA tournament, shot an 81 Monday at the Class AA boys’ tournament at Waynesboro County Club. He finished 27th out of a field of 102.
Delloyd actually went down to Waynesboro prior to Monday to get in a pair of practice rounds.
“I hope York will be able to share his experience with the team next year,” Jackson County coach Warren Standridge said. “The mental preparation at the state level is the difference. York learned a lot in two days.”
Standridge said that teammate River Bryant joined Delloyd in Waynesboro to play in the practice rounds. “He and River saw how the best do it,” Standridge said. “Should make for a lot of excitement next year.”
Jackson County’s fellow Region 8-AA member, North Oconee (303), won the Class AA title by 12 shots. Another 8-AA team, Oglethorpe County (316), finished third.
The Panthers — who lose just one senior off this year’s team — hope to advance past the region tournament for the first-time next year. “I told our men that I was proud of how we did this year,” Standridge said. “I don’t want the region tournament to define us and our year.”