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Back to back: Sissies retain district title

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, April 13, 2013

Through cool and blustery conditions earlier this week, the Bridgeport Sissies prevailed for the second straight year, bringing home the District 9-3A crown.

Bridgeport shot a two-day total 860 to edge second-place Krum.

With the win the Sissies advance to the Region II Tournament Monday and Tuesday, right back at Tanglewood Golf Course near Pottsboro.

Led by freshman Lexi Read and senior Tiffany Hawkins, along with Remi Swenson and Haley Shinn, Bridgeport was able to get the job done.

OFF TO REGIONALS - Lexi Read, Haley Shinn, Remi Swennson and Tiffany Hawkins will represent Bridgeport at the Region II Tournament Monday and Tuesday at Tanglewood Golf Course. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

OFF TO REGIONALS – Lexi Read, Haley Shinn, Remi Swennson and Tiffany Hawkins will represent Bridgeport at the Region II Tournament Monday and Tuesday at Tanglewood Golf Course. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We had gusty winds, and the greens were like putting on glass,” said senior Tiffany Hawkins. “We did OK considering. It was just a mental thing for me to adapt to it.”

She fired a 104 on the first day and a 98 on day two.

Hawkins has made regionals all four years with Bridgeport and was a state alternate a year ago.

“Tiffany really has made great improvements this year,” Bridgeport coach Alan Green said. “Our team winning district again her senior year is great for her.”

Along with a freshman she helped lead the Sissies back to regionals. Lexi Read won the overall girls title, and along with Decatur’s Drew Jones, the two Wise County freshmen were the top overall medalists at the District 9-3A Tournament.

“I was real excited,” Read said about the victory. “It felt pretty good to know I was a freshman and won.”

Read got off to a great start with an 87 on day one but struggled with a 97 in the final round.

Green says all the freshman’s hard work is paying off.

“Lexi’s success isn’t going to be by accident,” he said. “She has a really good plan about working. She practices until she has to leave, and that carries over to her success.”

Back at regionals again gives the Sissies a chance to set state in their sights. Getting to return to the same course should be a big advantage in helping them get there.

“We are going to have a big advantage,” Hawkins said. “Other players don’t know the greens and how fast they are. So it should be a huge edge.”

Swennson must be able finish the regional tournament for the team to have a chance. She had to quit after the first round last year after rupturing the ligaments in all five of her toes.

Swenson promises that it won’t happen again. She had a huge second day at district, shaving 17 strokes off her score from the first round.

“I’m thankful to be with the girls I’m with on this team,” Swenson said. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without Tiffany and Lexi.

“Hopefully we can make it to state for Tiffany’s senior year.”

Green feels his team’s scores were a little high at district, but going back to the same place along with stiffer competition should help next week.

“If we can reset this week then we’ll be all right,” he said. “We’ll be going against better competition and that will help, too. Hopefully that will bring out the best in them.”

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