Lady Panthers golf team loaded with talent, confidence in 2018
Feb. 5, 2018 at 12:06 a.m.
With everyone back from a team that finished fourth a year ago behind Class 5A Pine Tree and Class 6A Tyler Lee and Longview, Angus Pool likes his team's chances of keeping the big trophy at home today when Spring Hill hosts the annual Lady Panther Invitational.
The event tees off at 8:30 a.m. at Wood Hollow Golf Course in Longview.
"I don't want to jinx anything, but I have to go with the Lady Panthers," Pool said of his predicted winner today. "We're a strong team overall. ... same as last year. I didn't lose anyone. Zoe (Mayfield) is the powerhouse of the whole deal, but all of my girls are strong. Zoe is going to shoot in the low 70s. My 2-3 and 4 girls can shoot in the 80s, and my No. 5 is right around the 100 mark. If you've got that, you've got a chance."
Pool said Tyler Lee, which finished a shot behind Pine Tree a year ago to finish as the runner-up, will also be strong, but he likes the confidence the Lady Panthers have displayed heading into today's event.
"They are confident, and they've earned that," the coach said. "The girls who were freshmen last year, you can just tell a huge difference in their mental game and their confidence, and with Zoe having signed her college deal, you can just tell a huge burden has been lifted from her and she's much better."
Mayfield, who finished second in the tournament a year ago with a 74, is a three-time district champion and three-time state tournament qualifier. She signed a national letter-of-intent with UT Tyler in November.
Rounding out the Lady Panthers team are senior Madison Philbrick, junior Tyler Newman and sophomores Grace Iltis, J'Dee Stovall and Ashley Wingo (medalist).
Joining the Lady Panthers and last year's runner-up Tyler Lee in the tournament will be Lindale, Chapel Hill, Atlanta, Hallsville, Liberty-Eylau, Henderson, Jefferson, Eustace, Bullard, Longview, Sulphur Springs, Kilgore and Whitehouse.
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