SPORTS HEADLINES

Eagles win title

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Decatur Eagles opened Monday’s second round with a 13-stroke cushion over second-place Bridgeport in their attempt to repeat as District 9-3A champions.

With near-perfect conditions at Muenster’s Turtle Hill Golf Course, the Eagles pulled away to end the event 71 strokes ahead of Bridgeport for the league title.

LINING UP HIS SHOT – Decatur’s Cade Lamirand sets up his ball before a putt. He shot a 2-under-par 70 Monday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Behind Drew Jones’ stellar round of 62 and Cade Lamirand, who shot a 2-under-par 70 Monday, Decatur repeated as 9-3A champions with a two-round total of 654.

Bridgeport shot 725 to finish 11 strokes ahead of third-place Sanger.

Decatur and Bridgeport will both advance to the Class 3A Region II tournament Monday and Tuesday at Tanglewood Golf Resort in Pottsboro.

Jones repeated as the 9-3A champion with his two-round total of 134. Lamirand and Bridgeport’s Ty Reed tied for second at 160. Reed then claimed the second medal, beating Lamirand on the third hole of a playoff, parring the ninth hole.

Lamirand cut 20 strokes off his first-round total of 90 last week at Tanglewood.

“I played really well. I was hitting everything solid and everything was going my way,” Lamirand said. “My putter was working and my short game was going really well.”

Lamirand birdied No. 1 with a chip in from 30 yards out.

He went on to birdie eight, 10, 12, 15 and 18. He gave shots back with bogeys on two, nine, 13 and 14.

“I just had a bunch of saves,” Lamirand said.

“My first round wasn’t the best. This course was easy and I took advantage of it.”

Reed followed up his 78 in the first round with an 82 to fall into the playoff for second.

“It was pretty rough,” Reed said. “I was 2-under on the front and then quadded the par-5. That’s where it all went downhill. I got out of focus.”

Reed regained his composure to win the playoff.

Decatur’s other three first-team players all shot 93 or better in the second round. Brendan Kerby fired 85 to finish at 181. Bryce Elder shot 88 for a 179, and Hayden Bennett 93 for a 193.

Bridgeport’s Brayden Garrett cut 10 strokes off his first-round 92 with an 82 on Monday to finish at 174.

Blake Boyd hit 95 to finish at 188. Austin Lennard shot 106 for a 205, and Brazier Talley 104 for a 206.

Decatur’s Charlie Shannon qualified for regionals as the lone medalist with his two-round total of 171. He shot an 86 Monday.

Decatur’s second team shot a 416 in the second round. Jackson Bearden hit 106 for 217, Lawson Harris 116 for 223, Dawson Thompson 108 for 225, and Ethan Sij 117 for 232.

Decatur medalists Clay Gillispie and Kale Bronniman shot 199s. Drew Graves hit 220.

Bridgeport medalist Spencer Blevins finished at 230, and Tyler Hamblin 261.

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