The Robert E. Lee and Sterling High School golf teams are set to hit the links once again.
Each head coach sees potential for regional successes this year.
Both programs are ready for another campaign when the Robert E. Lee girls head to Chambers County on Wednesday while the boys open at Vidor on Feb. 4.
Sterling hits the links with the boys also at Chambers County on Feb. 12 and the girls taking on Clear Brook on Feb. 3 at Timber Creek Golf Course.
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Jonathan Kirksey is starting his sixth season in charge of the Rangers program and hopes to see his boys make a move up the District 21-6A rankings, where they finished sixth a year ago. The girls did not have enough members to record a team score and neither side were able to punch a ticket to the Region 3 Tournament.
That could change this season as the boys have the entire roster back with one more year of experience and wisdom to tap into.
Colton Howard, Connor Montoya, Tyce Moon, Caleb Parker, and Donovan Stombaugh Howard are all back for Kirksey while the girls, while having a full roster this year, returns only Kylee Wharton from 2019.
McKenna Barnhill, Graecyn Beiter, Karsen Birdsell, Makenna Bogle, Catherine Sawyer, and Grace Sharp are all ready to tee it up for the Lady Rangers side.
“That has me pretty excited about our prospects for the future,” Kirksey said about the girls team.
Overall, it’s all about how the teams will step up when the bigger tournaments come calling.
“It all comes down to our performance in the two-day district tournament,” Kirksey said. “However, the girls will actually post a team score this year so anything on that is better than last year and I expect the boys to do better since they have one more year under their belts now.”
Robert E. Lee
It will be year two for Spencer Anthony as the head coach of the Ganders and he hopes things will be a bit more positive from his introduction to REL golf.
“We fell short of our expectations and did not have anyone place in district,” Anthony said.
The coach has four returning varsity members including Riley Adcox on the boys side and three girls – Sydney Wage, Alysha Semien and Tyson Hickman – ready to push the program to higher levels this spring.
“The girls team definitely has a shot to place in district as a group this year,” Anthony said.
Anthony said the District 22-5A will come down to Friendswood as favorites to win the title.