Blistering pace: Young shoots 7 under to win first county title

Marion Lake Club Golf Pro Greg Parker (right) congratulates Taylor Young, who captured the county championship at the Al Farley Memorial Open Sunday at Marion Lake Club. It was the first title for Young, who finished the tournament at 7 under par. Marty Queen/

NEBO – Shortly after the Al Farley Memorial McDowell County Open ended Sunday afternoon, a pine tree beside the fairway on No. 17 at Marion Lake Club mysteriously caught fire.

It was probably Taylor Young’s fault.

Young torched the course, shooting 7 under par in the two-day event and walking away with his first county championship. The 28-year-old carded a 4-under 66 Saturday and followed it with a 3-under round of 67 Sunday to win by five shots.

“It was definitely my weekend; I knew it from the start,” said Young, who made six birdies on the front nine Saturday to take the lead. “After that, I just put in enough work the rest of the week to get it done, and just played solid the rest of the way. I played smart on Sunday.

“That (the front nine on Saturday) was big. That let me know that I was here, and I was just going to finish it off the rest of the weekend.”

Young got some pressure Sunday from West Caldwell High standout Lexton Ford (68-70-138) and Colton Makowiec (71-67-138), who broke out of first flight.

Defending champion Kyle Scruggs (69-72-141) placed fourth. Hunter McCombs (67-75-142), Brian Gardner (69-73-142) and former champion Brandon Godfrey (69-74-143), who claimed his second seniors title, rounded out the championship flight. Former champ William “Scooter” Farley, for whose father the tourney is named, shot 71 both days and finished tied with McCombs and Gardner.

Carrie Jackson (77-80-157) won her record fourth ladies championship and her third in the last four years, finishing 11 strokes up on second-place finisher Anita Brown. Defending ladies champion Tyler Price, Jackson’s daughter, took third.

Steve Short (74-72-146) was the super seniors (70 and older) winner.

The only hitch in Young’s round Sunday was a bad drive on No. 1, but he recovered quickly.

“The first tee shot went out of bounds, but I made birdie on my second ball and took a bogey,” Young said. “After that, it was cruise control.

“Lexton played great, but I just hung in there and played my game.”

Another pivotal moment in Young’s weekend came on the par-5 fifth hole Saturday.

“If I had to say any shot in the whole tournament, it would have been on No. 5 on the first day,” he said. “I had to take a drop right off the cart path, and I had about 200 yards up a hill. I hit that to about 3 feet, and at that point, that was the shot that carried me on.”

A strong presence from family may have been another factor for Young, who was born in Marion but has lived in Hickory since he was 9. Several of his family members, including his dad, longtime Lake Club standout Fred Young, played in the tournament.

Flight winners included Makowiec, Danny Boughman, Scott Chesna, Brian Curry, Rick Condrey, Taylor Newman, Travis Watson and Andy Morris.

In all, nearly 70 golfers participated, with numbers in the event holding steady from recent years.



Men’s Al Farley Open Golf Championship


      1980 - Brian Reep

      1981 - Cecil Kaylor

      1982 - Bucky Reep

      1983 - Danny Gurley

      1984 - Spencer Davis

      1985 - Bucky Reep

      1986 - Dave Nell

      1987 - Junior Dalton

      1988 - Jim Johnson

      1989 - Jim Johnson

      1990 - William "Scooter" Farley

      1991 - Jim Johnson

      1992 - Jim Johnson

      1993 - John Connelly

      1994 - Jim Johnson

      1995 - Steve Dalton

      1996 - Frank Farley

      1997 - Justin Briggs

      1998 - Tony Brooks

      1999 - Justin Briggs

      2000 - Rick Condrey

      2001 - John Connelly

      2002 - Rick Condrey

      2003 - Rick Condrey

      2004 – Brian Curry

      2005 – Brian Curry

      2006 – Rick Condrey

      2007 – Chase Holland

      2008 – Josh Davis

      2009 – Josh Davis

      2010 – Rick Condrey

      2011 – Corey Holland

      2012 – Jimmy Reynolds

      2013 – Patrick Waters

2014 – Jimmy Reynolds

2015 – No tournament

2016 – Brandon Godfrey

2017 – Colby Odom

2018 – Kyle Scruggs

2019 – Taylor Young

McDowell County

Ladies Al Farley Open Golf Championship




1999 – Sandy Baker

2000 – Fay Blanton

2001 – Sandy Baker

2002 – Emily Street

2003 – Emily Street

2004 – Jan Biddix

2005 – No champion

2006 – Sheila Ryan

2007 – Gwen Straub

2008 – Allie Wall

2009 – Gwen Straub

2010 – Madalyn Davis

2011 – Susie Sweet

2012 – Madalyn Davis

2013 – Carrie Jackson

2014 – Gwen Straub

2015 – No tournament

2016 – Carrie Jackson

2017 – Carrie Jackson

2018 – Tyler Price

2019 – Carrie Jackson


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