Rebels making first regional appearance since 2007

Lee senior golfers Jackson Comer and Caden Britton had some unfinished business coming into this year.

Both were part of a talented boys golf team last year that had a chance to make a nice run in the postseason tournaments but didn’t get a chance to because the pandemic cut short the season.

This year, however, they helped to lead a fairly young team to a second-place finish during the District 2-6A Tournament in Abilene last month to qualify the Rebels to the Region I-6A Tournament for the first time since 2007, according to head coach Wes Overton. The regional tournament takes place Wednesday and Thursday at Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie.

“It’s pretty exciting. Last year got cut short and we lost a couple of seniors who were a crucial part of our team,” said Comer, a Lubbock Christian University signee. “It’s pretty good to see a young team come together and go to regionals. I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully we can put some good scores together and see what we can do.”

Added Britton: “We were very motivated. During the quarantine, the golf courses were some of the first things to open, so we started practicing in April and we really haven’t started practicing since. There have been a couple of days off here and there but we’ve been very prepped and ready to go.”

Overton said he and assistant coach Albert Seybert had a good idea that the Rebels would be in the hunt for the district title when they first got together in August despite losing key players to graduation and adding a pair of freshmen in Kellen Young and Drew Ironside and junior Zach Fieldhouse to the team.

After playing well during the year, the Rebels capped it off with a 317-302—623 total at the district tournament to finish behind Wolfforth Frenship, which shot a stellar 587. Young led the team with a sixth-place individual finish after shooting 152, while Comer finished in a 153 to finish in a tie for seventh.

“We didn’t play as good as we could have the first day as we had some bad breaks,” said Overton of the district tournament. “The second day we played more like we were accustomed to playing. It made for a little more drama on the second day, which was good, it put a little more pressure on them. They responded very well on the second day and showed what they could do.”

Added Comer about district play: “We knew what we needed to do and we went out there and we did it. We definitely left some shots out there but we had time to work on it and we’ve been working as hard as we can and looking to improve on that at regionals.”

Britton said that the team’s four wins, along with qualifying for regionals, showed them what they thought they were capable of doing when they first got together as a team.

“We had a couple of freshmen that came in but they can go,” he said. “They’re very good and we’re very blessed to have them on our team. We lost a couple of seniors last year who were very good, but when we had our first practice and saw them play for the first time, we were pretty excited.”

Overton added that this team is not only talented but like the Lee girls team, which also qualified for regionals, worked hard to get to this point.

“When they finish off practice, they’ll go to the country club, get on the driving range and hit balls until dark. It’s ’cause they want to be better,” Overton said.

Overton said the key for his young team will be to understand that they can play with some of the top teams in the region such as Southlake Carroll and Keller.

“We have some very talented kids, which makes mine and Coach Seybert’s job easier,” Overton said. “They just love to play golf and they’re just competitors. If they have a bad hole or a bad shot, they just kind of keep going.”

Britton said consistency will certainly be a key this week.

“If we can all shoot a low score, I think we’ll definitely contend,” he said.

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