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San Angelo's Ryann Honea wins Bluebonnet Championship in Brownwood

Charles Bryce
San Angelo Standard-Times
San Angelo Central High School junior Ryann Honea is shown during an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) event this past summer. Honea is making headlines again in 2020.

It's been a September to remember for San Angelo Central High School golfer Ryann Honea.

Two weeks after finishing as a co-champion in the girls' 12-18 division of the North Texas Classic in Grand Prairie, Honea rallied Sunday to secure the girls' 12-18 title at the Legends Junior Tour Bluebonnet Championship at Brownwood Country Club.

Honea shot 77-68--145 this past weekend to finish at 1-over par and hold off Sophie Biediger by two shots.

"This weekend after shooting 77 in the first round, I thought I'd put myself out of the tournament," Honea said. "I really didn't think that I had a chance of winning, so I figured I needed to shoot about an even-par score just to level out that 5-over par to kind of get some confidence back.

"So I think in the second round I played a little more carefree than the first round, mainly because I didn't think I had a chance to win. My goal was just to get back in the top 10 because I was (tied for) 18th after the first round. That was my main goal to get top eight or top 10 and I ended up winning, which totally boosted my confidence after coming back from that high first-round score."

Honea spoke about how things worked out in Brownwood, compared to the tournament earlier this month when she had to settle for sharing the title.

"Two weekends ago, I shot a very low first-round score of 67 and then I shot 75 the next round, so it was kind of switched this weekend," Honea said. "My confidence level is definitely going up with the way I'm playing lately and I hope that I can keep it up for the rest of my fall season.

"My mental game did improve this week. Definitely I've seen it on the golf course. How I handled situations the first round didn't go as planned, and I could have handled things a little bit better. But the second day I got myself level-headed a little bit and felt very confident that I was going to play well that day."

Honea qualified for the UIL state tournament two years ago as a freshman, but due to COVID-19 she didn't get the opportunity to try to make it back to Austin this past spring.

The Lady Cats junior talked about what's up next on her busy schedule.

"I will not be playing the next Legends event next weekend," she said. "I am playing in the AJGA Ping Invitational at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Oct. 9-12. It's a big tournament and I've never been to Karsten Creek. 

"I'm super pumped to go play that golf course where Oklahoma State plays, so that will be fun. I'm excited to see how that golf course tests me and my mental game and all that stuff. My game plan for that one is to just try and put together four solid rounds of golf and not a high to low one, just to reassure myself that mental game is slowly improving and that it's getting there."

Charles Bryce is a journalist covering sports in West Texas. Send him a news tip at cbryce@gannett.com. Consider supporting West Texas journalism with a subscription to GoSanAngelo.com.