Rebels surprise some with district title, Region I-6A appearance

Legacy head golf Coach Wes Overton knew that his boys team had great potential but didn’t know if it had what it took to get out of the District 2-6A Tournament this year.

Overton was more than happy to be surprised by these Rebels. Not only did they qualify for the Region I-6A Tournament for the second straight year but they did so in capturing the District 2-6A Championship for the first time since 2007.

The Rebels will look to keep surprising people when they play in the Region I-6A Tournament, beginning on Monday at Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie.

They should have plenty of confidence going in after winning the district title last month at Odessa Country Club by overcoming a two-shot, first-round deficit and win it by seven strokes ahead of perennial strong team Wolfforth Frenship with a two-day total of 635.

“That Frenship team has always been pretty good,” said sophomore Kellen Young, who was the runner-up district medalist with a 153 total. “We’ve always finished very close to them, so it’s felt good to hold them off at the district tournament.

“I feel we’ve got a pretty good squad and we’re playing pretty good right now. It helped to win that district tournament, it helped to give us a little bit of confidence. ”

Overton said he and Assistant Coach Albert Seybert talked about how shocked they were that both the boys and girls won district titles this year but said that he told them that good things happen to good people when hard work and sacrifice meets opportunity.

“That really describes the boys’ district (tournament), ”Overton said. “They work hard. They’re good players, their opportunity was there and they took it. ”

Fellow sophomore Drew Ironside finished third in the medalist standings at the district tournament with a 155 total.

Young, Ironside and senior Zachary Fieldhouse were on last year’s regional Qualifying team. They are joined this year by senior Fred Poe and junior Spencer Widner.

“Last year was just a complete learning experience for all those guys,” said Overton of last year’s 10th place finish at regionals. “They realized that this is the big time, so we’ve got to change, we had to go to a new level. They are out there and they’re working every day to get to that level. ”

In order to get a better course in familiarity, Overton took both of his teams to the Regional Preview Tournament at that same course in early March. Overton said both teams finished in the middle of the pack but hopes that experience will benefit them next week.

“Last year, we didn’t really know the course that well, but we’ve played it a few more times when we went to the regional preview,” Young said. “We didn’t do too great in that one but I feel like we know the course pretty well and I think we’ll play well out there. It was pretty difficult. It was windy both days. I played decent. I shot 1-over the second day and feel like our team did way better the second day than the first day. ”

It should also help that this team has only gotten better with each tournament.

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