THE PANTHER golf team is making this something of a tradition.
Jackson County’s dominance of the boys’ county golf championships continued Thursday at Double Oaks Golf Club as the Panthers won their fourth consecutive title.
York Delloyd won county low medalist honors with a round of 39 — his third title in four years — to lead Jackson County, which shot a 170. Anthony Whobrey finished one stroke behind with a 40. Ian McGaughey (44) and Trey Evans (47) rounded out the scoring.
“It was big,” coach Warren Standridge said of the win. “I think for our kids, that’s one of their goals every year is to win that (the county title) and go to state and do well at region. But to win four in a row, it speaks a lot to how far we’ve come.”
Standridge remembered the days when the Panthers didn’t exactly play at this level.
“When I first started at Jackson County, we weren’t competitive with Commerce or Jefferson,” Standridge said. “And we’ve come a long ways. It’s becoming kind of like a tradition and hopefully we can continue to do what we do.”
Standridge agreed that this is one of the more fun tournaments in which the Panthers play each year, given the familiarity between the teams.
“It is — and exciting for the kids,” Standridge said. “I hope it gets to be more of an excitement for the county because we’ve only done it now for four or five years. It’s becoming a little bigger each year, and hopefully we’ll just gain strength. It’s fairly even.”
In the win, the Panthers again received big contributions from its trio of Delloyd, Whobrey and McGaughey, which continue to lead Jackson County following a year of mass graduation in 2013.
“Those three have really been consistent all year,” Standridge said. “They’ve held us together and they’re also leading us as far as our workouts and things we do. I can pair kids with those kids, and I know that the work is going to get done because they care about what’s going on.”
As for the rest of the field, Jefferson, without three of its top six golfers, placed second with a 196. Cooper Young led the Dragons with a 40, followed by Charlie Jarrett (48), Hunter Gatlin (49) and Luke Kinsey (59).
East Jackson (201) finished third, and Commerce (205) was fourth.