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Golf: Jones aims for repeat – Eagles prepare for regionals

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 9, 2016
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Gentlemans Game

GENTLEMAN’S GAME – Bridgeport’s Ty Reed shakes hands with Decatur’s Drew Jones after the final hole of the 8-4A tournament. The pair will play in the 4A Region I tournament Monday in Lubbock. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Last year at the Class 4A Region I tournament, Drew Jones dominated the Shadow Hills Golf Course and the field, posting a 10-under par 134 over two rounds.

In a return to Lubbock Monday, the Decatur senior admits similar results may be a challenge in what is expected to be difficult conditions in the South Plains. Winds are expected to be blowing 15 to 20 mph.

“Even par will probably be enough if the wind is blowing or maybe 2-under,” Jones said. “It’s going to be blowing. Hopefully I can get some putts to drop.”

Jones won the district individual medal Tuesday with his 4-under 68 at The Resort.

“I still have a few things that I can work on. I’m working on a gameplan on how to play in Lubbock,” Jones said.

Jones will be trying to lead a Decatur team that includes Bryce Elder, Cade Lamirand, Mason Hudson and Hayden Bennett to a second straight state berth.

“If we shoot a 310 that should be enough to advance our team,” Jones said. “We’re used to playing in the wind.”

READ, SISSIES PREPS FOR REGIONALS

Bridgeport’s Lexi Read recalls fighting through a rain-shortened first round last year at regionals.

“[The wind] was gusting up to 50 mph and raining,” Read said.

She expects better conditions when the Bridgeport Sissies arrive at Shadow Hills Wednesday. Bridgeport will be trying to earn a return trip to the state tournament.

“We have a shot. We’ve been working hard all week,” Read said.

Read won her fourth straight district individual title Thursday, posting a 79 in her second round at The Resort. She fired a 2-over 74 in the first round at Runaway Bay.

“I feel really good. I worked really hard this week on my putting to get where I want it to be,” Read said. “I want to take it step by step and shot by shot. Hopefully I’ll make it to state for a fourth time.”

She will be joined on the course by teammates Brooke Irion, Katie Hudson, Abbi Hatton and Ashlie Lennard.

WELLS HEADS TO EAST TEXAS

Fresh off winning the 9-3A title, Paradise’s Colton Wells will head to Bullard Monday to play at Peachtree/Oakhurst Golf Course for the Class 3A Region II tournament.

Wells shot a 178 in two rounds at the course last year that reminds of the course he now works at – The Resort.

“It’s exactly like The Resort but with a little more water,” Wells said.

Wells points out that his game has improved drastically since last spring, when he was Paradise’s No. 2 golfer.

“I’ve gotten a lot better. My swing didn’t feel great last year. This year, it feels really connected,” Wells said.

Wells shot a 79 at the district tournament and felt he left a few strokes on the course.

“I had to grind it out and a 79 worked,” he said.

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