Female golfers heading to the Tall City Girls Golf Invitational this weekend are preparing not only for the quality competition, but also for the cold weather.

Temperatures on Friday and Saturday are not expected to exceed 40 degrees, so tournament organizer and Legacy coach Wes Overton suggests those who want to get out and watch cover up and dress as warmly as possible.

Due to early morning weather and conditions, teams will tee off later than usual at 10:30 a.m. at Ranchland Hills Golf Club on Friday and Hogan Park Golf Course on Saturday.

Overton said he expects 17 teams or 92 players this weekend, but that could change if teams decide not to participate due to weather.

Overton hopes her Lady Rebels have learned from their experience two weeks ago at the San Angelo ISD Girls Golf Classic. LHS shot 356 in the first round, but then shot 370 in the final round when the weather wasn’t ideal.

“It was cold and windy, and we didn’t react well to that,” Overton said. “Knowing that it will be cold this weekend, we have to prepare for it. What we learned (two weeks ago) is that we have to play in all conditions.”

LHS got a strong showing from outstanding junior Sarah Reed, who finished second with a total of 74-80-154, two strokes behind San Angelo Central’s Ryann Honea, who is also the defending Class 6A champion and a state medalist. Signatory of the University of Louisville.

“Sarah has been playing really well and the (other Lady Rebels) are getting better every day,” Overton said. “Sarah has just been stable. Others react to this and they want to improve.

While LHS finished fifth in San Angelo, the Lady Rebels were coming off a slump in which they finished in the top three in three of the four tournaments they entered, according to Overton.

Reed will be joined by junior Gracie O’Brien, second Natalia Armenta, senior and Southwestern University signee Brianna Cooper and junior Ashley Kruse in the LHS top five. LHS rookie Sierra Snapp will play as a medalist.

Reed and Honea are expected to be among those vying for the medal title, along with Trinity senior and Lubbock Christian University signee Ali Escamilla.

“We’re going to have good teams, but even better individuals,” Overton said. “The competition for the best medalist is going to be fun to watch.”

The tournament should also provide a preview of the District 2-6A tournament taking place later next month in San Angelo. Wolfforth Frenship and Abilene High will not play and Midland High coach Bryan Sledge said he only has junior Keller Ray playing this weekend with the rest of his young squad lacking golf experience .

“Of course we would like to have good scores this weekend, but we also want to beat the other teams in the district,” Overton said. “With the district tournament coming up in five weeks, we have to prepare.”

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