Read, Sissies grab lead at 9-3A tourney

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 5, 2014
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Playing behind a group of young golfers, Lexi Read couldn’t speed around the links at Tanglewood Golf Resort Wednesday.

“It took awhile to get used to,” Read said about the slow pace.

Out of the Trap

OUT OF THE TRAP – Bridgeport’s Lexi Read chips the ball out of the trap to make a sand save Wednesday at the 9-3A tournament at Tanglewood Golf Resort. Read leads the tournament by four strokes. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

That was the only thing that slowed the Bridgeport sophomore in the first round of the District 9-3A tournament. The defending district champ carded an opening-round 80 on the wind-blown course to build a four-shot lead over teammate Brooke Irion.

“I felt pretty good,” Read said. “I made a few mistakes on the back nine.”

Behind the duo of Read and Irion, the Bridgeport Sissies’ quartet that included Remi Swensson and Ashlie Lennard posted a 403. The Sissies will take a 59-stroke lead over second place Sanger, heading into the conclusion of the event Monday at Turtle Hill Golf Course in Muenster.

Read posted one birdie over her 18 holes.

“I played steady – basically all pars,” she said. “I was hitting it really good.”

Irion stayed within striking distance of Read, heading into the second round with her 84. The Bridgeport freshman said she had some chances at a better score.

“My putting was yeah. [The ball] lipped out so many times,” Irion said. “It was pretty good. I chipped in one for birdie. It could’ve been better.”

Irion birdied seven and 15. She had only one rough hole, tripling the par-5 18th.

“My first shot went in the water,” Irion said.

Swensson fired a 105 for the Sissies, and Lennard 134.

Decatur’s lone golfer, Kaylee Higdon, had the only score under 100 aside from Read and Irion with a 98. Higdon owns a 21-stroke lead on Krum’s Emilia Hall for the right to advance to regionals as a medalist.

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