After one year nestled in the trophy case at North Adams High School, the Adams County Cup has made its way back to West Union High School. The cup, the trophy given each year to the team that wins the county boys golf tournament, is going back to West Union after the Dragons rolled to a 34-stroke victory in the 2014 tourney, held at Hilltop Golf Course on Aug. 13.
The 22 golfers from the four county high schools hit the course early on a morning and later afternoon that brought absolutely perfect golf weather, beginning the morning with temperatures in the 60’s and only getting into the high 70’s by afternoon. The County Cup is an 18-hole affair with the competitors getting a break after playing nine for a lunch provided for them and their coaches. The par scores for Hilltop are 35 on the front nine and 36 on the back nine.
The Dragons were led to victory by the solid play of Craig Horton, whose final stroke total of 80 made him the individual champion of the 2014 Cup competition. Horton came in after nine with a five-over-par 40, stumbling only on hole number 4 where he carded a 7. The West Union sophomore was consistent on the back nine, also coming to the clubhouse with a 40 (+4), good enough to win the individual title by three strokes over teammate Elijah McCarty.
The freshman McCarty was also solid on the day, coming in the front nine with 41 (+6) and the back nine with 42 (+6), for a total day of 83. Dragons’ senior Brandon Daniel shot an 85 for the day with Blake Mowen bringing in the final counted score for West Union with an 88 as the winners finished with a total of 336.
Second place in the 2014 Cup went to North Adams, who were led by the play of senior Braxton McFarland, who carded 42 (+7) on the front and 43 (+7) on the back for an 85 total. Next up for the Devils was Bryant Lung (45-47) who finished the long day with a 92.
The Peebles Indians claimed third place in the Cup, led by a 97 from freshman Bostin Robinson and a 98 from senior southpaw Lane Hanson. The Manchester Greyhounds also competed in the Cup, but only had three players available, therefore not getting a team score. Manchester was paced by freshman Jalen James in his first varsity competition as James shot an 18-hole total of 128. Next for the Hounds was Jase Thatcher at 132.
The top five golfers in the tournament are named to an All-County Team, but because of a tie, this year’s group included six players. (They were pictured in the Aug.17 issue of The Defender). The 2014 All-County Team consists of Craig Horton (WUHS), Elijah McCarty (WUHS), Braxton McFarland (NAHS), Brandon Daniel (WUHS), Blake Mowen (WUHS), and Bryant Lung (NAHS).