Jackson County's York Delloyd this week planned to defend his string of low medalist performances at the Jackson County Championships. The boys’ event, which is in its fourth year, was set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Double Oaks Country Club in Commerce.
Delloyd, a junior, has led the 9-1 JCCHS in steam-rolling most of its regular season opponents. He is the Panthers’ no. 1 golfer at the moment.
“He has been exceptional,” coach Warren Standridge said.
Freshman Anthony Whobrey has joined Delloyd in playing “really, really well,” Standridge said.
The two golfers are joined by a host of seniors whose consistency has made up for injuries and illnesses this year.
Additionally, one of the Panthers’ top golfers has been out because of a wrist surgery and has only cleared recently to golf 9-hole events.
“We have six seniors, and they have been holding us together,” Standridge said. “We’ve had a few sick and a few hurt but it’s all working out well (because of the depth). In the dual and tri-matches, we are tearing it up.”
Tournament events, which are 18-holes instead of 9, are more of a challenge, Standridge said.
He blamed the weather for taking a toll on the practice season. Players have been unable to work much on their weaknesses because of the rain, cold and wind, conditions that led to the rescheduling of the county championship this week.
“The weather has been terrible, worst for golf season that I can remember in a long time,” Standridge said.
JCCHS’ tournament play has suffered somewhat because of it.
This is problematic because the Panthers will have to finish in the top two of the region 8-AAA tournament next month to advance to the sectional round of the state playoffs.
The boys’ golf competitions are set up so that teams select six players to compete. The lowest four scores from those six players are used to come up with the team total.
“We have about nine kids who we rotate in six spots,” Standridge said. “We will continue to do that until region gets here and then lock it down.”