Through two rounds of cold and windy conditions, the Bridgeport Sissies capped off their 2013 run in the state golf tournament with a 10th-place finish.
A two-day total of 859 left the Sissies tied with Cuero. Orangefield finished ninth with an 837. Andrews took the overall girls title with a 652.
“Coming down to Austin and playing for a state championship is something these girls will always remember,” Bridgeport coach Alan Green said. “We didn’t shoot as well as we had the last couple of tournaments, but we competed well and that is all you can ask.”
Bridgeport closed the second day with a 431 under much better conditions than they faced Thursday morning.
Temperatures dropped and a gusty north wind welcomed players to the links in the first round. The conditions did not improve as the day went on.
The weather was better Friday, but high winds continued to plague the players.
“It was 90 degrees and sunny on Wednesday, then by Thursday it was real windy and cold,” senior Tiffany Hawkins said. “It was tough to make the adjustment.”
Hawkins wrapped up her senior campaign with her first trip to the state tournament. She finished with a 98 in the final round after firing a 97 on Thursday.
“Going to state was a great reward for the season we had,” Hawkins said. “The first day was nerve-racking with all the great competition around us, but going out and finishing like we did in these windy conditions is a great accomplishment.”
Freshman Lexi Read led the Sissies, opening with a 91 and closing in 86. Her final round put her in a position for an all-state nod with a tie for 18th.
It was a great tournament for the freshman who gained valuable experience.
“I played bad the first day, but I came back with a back-nine recovery today,” Read said. “It was great experience coming here as a freshman and getting to experience this with my team.”
The wind and some opening round jitters got Read early in the tournament, but she rebounded with a great day two.
“You have to deal with a lot of things from the outside here,” Green said. “The last nine she played some great golf. It was a great way to close the season.
“The great thing about Lexi is, her work ethic is outstanding and she wants to get better.”
Remi Swensson shot a two-day total of 217. She opened with a 111 and closed with a 106.
Haley Shinn shot a first-round 129 and came away with a 141 on day two.
“Getting to play at this level and meeting girls that I would never meet unless I was at state was awesome,” Swensson said. “I didn’t play the best rounds I’ve ever played, but the girls around here push you.
“It was a great experience getting here, and I couldn’t have asked to be here with a better team. I’m glad we got here for Tiffany’s senior year and Lexi’s freshman year. Hopefully we’ll be back.”
With the loss of only one senior, the experience gained this year will be invaluable for the Sissies, who already have their sights set on next season.
“I’m excited about next year,” Swensson said. “I want to work hard this summer and get better. I want to come back [to state] and do well. I’ve got a taste – I’m ready for some more.”