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BOYS HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Permian, Odessa High ready to tee off at District 2-6A Tournament

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Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2019 8:53 pm

The foundation has been set for the Permian and Odessa High boys golf teams.

The hope now is to see a game plan come to fruition and take what they’ve learned throughout the season in order to succeed.

Both teams will head north to Lubbock and The Rawls Course at Texas Tech for the District 2-6A Tournament, which starts at 10 a.m. today and continues through Tuesday.

And for both head coaches, the timing of the tournament couldn’t be any better.

“I think we stand a pretty good chance,” Permian head coach Doak Huddleston said. “We’ve had some kids step up in the last couple of tournaments and be pretty solid for us.”

“I feel like we’re right there,” Odessa High head coach Albert Seybert said. “I feel like we’re peaking at the right time and we’re excited to go up to Lubbock and compete.”

Getting to compete on a bigger stage is something that both teams are looking forward to, especially to a familiar setting.

Both Odessa High and Permian played The Rawls Course in a tournament during the fall as well as the District 2-6A preview back in February.

Inclement weather cut the tournament short to 27 holes but it gave both teams a chance to get a feel for what kind of test the links-style course will provide.

The forecast is calling for better conditions today with high temperatures in the upper 60s and as typical of springtime in West Texas, winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour.

“We did well and we finished just behind Midland Lee and Permian,” Seybert said. “The fairways and greens are big out there. If you get into trouble from the rough or the deep bunkers, you will definitely pay the price.”

“Seven of the 10 kids I’m taking up there have played at the Rawls before,” Huddleston said. “It is important to know the layout and what you’re going up against. If you can keep the ball in the fairway and in play, you have a chance to score.”

Both coaches are hoping that those chances can be consistent for their players. It’s also that consistency where the biggest strides have been taken.

Case in point, Permian took home the team title at the Andrews County Golf Classic earlier this month and Huddleston believes that his team can continue to make strides and get to that regional tournament.

“Our kids have really worked on being more consistent and learning how to adapt to different situations,” he said. "They’ve also really improved in course management and how they think their way around the golf course.”

As for Seybert, he remains confident that the gradual improvement from the Bronchos throughout the season can come together this week against a talented field.

“We want to try to keep things as simple as we can and manage the game well,” he said. “We’ve been working on fundamentals a lot including everything from grip, alignment and posture in order to become more consistent.

“I feel like that’s what we’ve done and if we can shoot somewhere in the 320s or low 330s, I think we have a great shot of getting into the regional tournament.”

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