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Read, Sissies repeat as district champions

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lexi Read never got to circle a number on her scorecard Monday at Muenster’s Turtle Hill Golf Course – she just couldn’t get a putt to fall.

But the Bridgeport sophomore also stayed away from high numbers on the way to winning her second straight District 9-3A title.

Steady Swing

STEADY SWING – Bridgeport’s Lexi Read shot a 78 Monday at Turtle Hill Golf Course to claim her second straight District 9-3A title. Her Bridgeport team won the team title again. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Read shot a second-round 78 to finish the two-round event at 158. She beat her teammate, freshman Brooke Irion, by seven strokes.

“I played good. I had a lot of lipouts,” Read said. “I wanted to get in the 70s. I had four bogeys and the rest were pars.

“It means a lot to win it two times in a row.”

Behind the duo, Bridgeport claimed the District 9-3A crown by 137 strokes over second-place Sanger. The Sissies advance to the Class 3A Region II tournament Monday and Tuesday at Tanglewood Golf Resort in Pottsboro.

“We played good,” Read said.

Read shot an 80 in the first round last week at Tanglewood to get a four-shot lead on Irion. With the lead, Read said she played relaxed throughout her round Monday.

“I got loosened up and really wasn’t stressed. I played the way I could,” Read said.

Irion followed her first-round 84 with an 81 to finish at 165.

“I played good. I had one bad hole on three and tripled it,” Irion said. “Today, I felt good. I could’ve had a stronger day putting.”

On the signature hole at Turtle Hill, the 11th with its 200-foot drop from the tee to green, Irion nearly got an ace. Her tee shot came within a foot of the hole before she putted in for birdie.

Remi Swensson shot a 106 for Bridgeport to finish at 211. Ashlie Lennard hit 141 for a 275.

Decatur junior Kaylee Higden shot a 98 to match her first round and finish at 196. She also took the top medalist spot and earned a regional trip.

“I played pretty good,” Higden said. “I could’ve played better but the greens got me. I was hitting solid.”

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