The Jackson County Blue Devils golf team, made up of all boys, returns all four starting golfers from last year.
Included in that four are rising juniors Alex Barlow and Mason Wade, who competed in the state tournament at Willowbrook in Manchester, Tennessee. Fellow junior Landon Fox and lone senior Micha Scoggins round out the rest of the roster.
“We are hoping to get back there the next two years with those guys,” Flynn said. “The way the rules are set up, only one team from the region makes it to the tournament. So, it’s really hard to make it as a team.”
Flynn has noticed a decline in interest in golf from the Jackson County students over the past few seasons. Before 2017, Jackson County’s home course was located directly behind their school. Since then, the school was gifted to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology for their lineman school.
The Blue Devils share their home course with Upperman at Southern Hills Golf Course in Cookeville. Both play all of their home matches together.
“Upperman has a really strong team,” Flynn said. “They should be one of the better teams in the state, not just our region.”
When Flynn was in high school, he never though he would be a teacher or a coach. Flynn’s basketball coach, the late Ray Dennis, impacted him and his decisions to teach and coach. A 16-year teaching veteran, Flynn previously coached basketball for the Blue Devils for 13 years. The number 13 appears again, as this will be his 13th season as head coach for the golf team.
“I’m an average golfer, I didn’t play in high school,” Flynn said. “I just wanted to see kids play and I wanted to help them. I guess that’s why you do any kind of coaching. You want to see them get better and do the best they can and give them every opportunity.”