The Chester Yellow Jacket Boys Golf Team kicked off the 2019 season Aug. 17 at the 17th annual Anna-Jonesboro McDonald's Tournament, one of 16 teams from across southern Illinois plus a few independent players from two schools that don't field an entire team.
Chester's Jarrett James, a junior, started the 2019 season off with an outstanding day, earning runner-up honors out of approximately 115 golfers. James was 2 under par for the day with a score of 69; 35 on the front nine and 34 on the back nine.
Freshman Cy Norman of Benton, who shot 62, was the only golfer to finish ahead of James.
Other Yellow Jacket golfers were Chett Andrews who shot 96; Kaden Freytag, who shot 104; Luke Miller with 114 and Chance Mott, 119.
The Top 10 finishers at the tournament were: Cy Norman of Benton, who shot a 62; Jarrett James of Chester, 69; Eddie Brees of Trico, 72; Micah Troutt of Massac County, 72; Issac Hammet of Marion, 73; Tyson Elko of West Frankfort, 74; Luke Lasley of Jonesboro, 74; Ian Davis of Carbondale, 75; Brad Hammond of Benton, 75 and Brett Lewis of Marion, 79.
In the team scoring, Chester finished 13th. Benton won the team competition with 295 shots; Marion was second with 319; Nashville, 3rd with 334; Carbondale, 4th with 335; Herrin, 5th with 336); Trico, 6th with 338; Massac County, 7th with 340; Anna-Jonesboro, 8th with 341; Harrisburg, 9th with 350; West Frankfort, 10th with 352; Carterville, 11th with 373; Hamilton County, 12th with 378; Chester, 13th with 383; Steeleville, 14th with 391; Goreville, 15th with 417 and Cobden, 16th with 521. Hardin County and Vienna did not qualify for team scores.
Paul Zemlyn, the Yellow Jackets assistant coach, said Jarrett James' strong round is a big deal.
"There were 115 boys playing today from many schools that were bigger than us. This was a tournament so it was really an important event. We were very proud of Jarrett and the Yellow Jacket squad as a whole. Everyone is very excited about this year's season!"
The Trico Pioneers were led by Eddie Brees who finished in third place with 72. He was followed by Peyton Lovel (87), Logan Cleland (89), Tyler Compton (90), Zach Thies (92) and Ross Coleman (96).
The Steeleville Warriors were led by Dalton Rieckenberg who shot 89, followed by Eric Stegmann (96), Avery Hamilton (102), Jordan Wilson (104), Jack Knop (104), and Jared Phillips (114).