Golf: Read takes second at TO

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, June 25, 2016
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Playing where she will attend college in the fall, Lexi Read brought home second place at the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament in Wichita Falls Thursday.

Read, the 2016 Bridgeport graduate and Midwestern State University signee, fired an even-par 286 over the four rounds of the tournament. She finished eight strokes back of the champion ShaeBug Scarberry of Purcell, Okla.

“This week was a big confidence booster,” Read said. “It showed what I can do. Shooting even par for a four-day tournament is really good.

“It was a great experience and playing a tournament there is going to be huge. Our regional tournament will be there this year.”

Read, a four-time state qualifier in high school, stayed near the top of the leaderboard all week. She opened the tournament with a even par 71 at River Creek Monday. Tuesday, she heated up and fired a 3-under 68 at Wichita Falls Country Club to take over the lead.

“I played really well the second day,” Read said. “I was sticking the ball in tight and making everything I looked at.”

Read shot a 1-over par 73 Wednesday at Weeks and was in third – two strokes behind Scarberry going into the final round.

Scarberry started the final round red hot and pulled away from Read and the rest of the field early.

“I played with her the last day. She started three under through the first five holes,” Read said. “I tried hard to stay with her. She played better.

“I was hitting mainly fairways and greens the last two days. I made a bunch of ups and downs.”

Read will play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Sectional qualifier Wednesday at Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth for a chance to earn a spot in the championship Aug. 1-7 in Springfield, Penn.

Decatur’s Bryce Elder tied for 19th in the boys open division at the Texas-Oklahoma tournament. Elder shot a 302 over four rounds. After a 79 to open the tournament, he bounced back with rounds of 73, 76 and 74.

In the 14-15 division, Decatur’s Caleb Bennett shot a 275 in three rounds.

Decatur’s Eric Hudson hit 269 in the 12-13 class over three rounds.

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