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Read, Irion finish strong at state

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014

After several near-misses, Lexi Read finally got a putt to fall in for birdie on No. 18 at the Wolfdancer Golf Course at the Lost Pines Resort in Bastrop.

“That felt great to finish out with a birdie,” said the Bridgeport sophomore.

Swing Away

SWING AWAY – Bridgeport’s Lexi Read tees off during the Class 3A tournament held at the Lost Pine Resort in Bastrop. Read finished shooting 167 for the day. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

The birdie capped a round of 81 on the long 4,953-yard windblown course.

Read finished with a 167 for ninth place at the Class 3A tournament.

“I felt I could’ve played better, but I’ll take it,” Read said. “I’ve still got two more years.”

Shawnee Allen of LaVernia won the tournament by four strokes with a 149. Sarah Black of Andrews took second with a 153.

Andrews also won the team title.

Along with battling the wind, Read battled allergies throughout the tournament.

“I had to go to the emergency room Sunday,” Read said.

Read shot an 86 Monday to put herself in a tie for 12th.

Tuesday she opened her round with a pair of pars and was just 1-over through four.

Read found trouble on seven but managed to roll in a 12-footer for bogey. After hitting her tee shot into a fairway bunker on eight, she rallied to once again avoid a big number and get a bogey.

She reached the turn at 41. Read never posted a score worse than bogey in the second round.

“I just tried to keep it in low numbers,” Read said. “It’s a tough course and very long with some difficult holes.”

After bogeys on 10 and 12, Read made pars on 13 and 14. With a bogey on the par-3 17th, she went to 10-over for the round. She quickly got the shot back, taking advantage of the 411-yard, par-5 18th with a closing birdie.

Read played her final round with teammate freshman Brooke Irion, who posted an 88 in the second round. Irion finished at 176 and tied for 15th.

“I played pretty good. It could’ve been better, but I’m not going to get too down,” Irion said. “I just had a couple of rough holes.”

Irion triple-bogeyed the par-5 fifth hole to get to 8-over par. She got a shot back with a birdie on eight and reached the turn at 46.

On the back nine, Irion cut off four strokes. She shot par on the final four holes, including a tap-in on 18.

“I played a lot better on the back nine,” Irion said.

“It was exciting to get here. It was nice to meet new people and see a new course.”

Through 11 holes Tuesday, Decatur’s Drew Jones was six shots over for this round – two shots back of the round 1 leader at the state golf tournament.

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