Golf: Taking aim at top – Read shoots for fourth district title, state bid

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 2, 2016
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The sun beams down on the practice green at Runaway Bay Thursday as Lexi Read dissects the center of the hole repeatedly from 10 feet away.

ON TARGET – Bridgeport’s Lexi Read sinks a putt. Her deadly short game has made her a top-10 finisher the past two years at the state tournament. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Her precision with the putter has made her one of the top 4A golfers in the state the past three years. As she enters the twilight of her high school career, it’s the rest of her game that’s coming together that has Bridgeport senior setting lofty goals. The final goal is a state championship as an individual and for her Sissies team.

The first step is the District 9-3A championships Monday and Tuesday. The first round starts at 9 a.m. Monday at Runaway Bay. The final round is at The Resort Tuesday morning.

“Hopefully I can pull it off. I’ve got three years of experience at state,” Read said.

Since taking the course as a freshman, Read has made the trip to state three times. She finished 18th as a freshman with rounds of 91 and 86. Her sophomore year, she shot a 167 over two rounds to take ninth. Last year, she carded a 158 over two rounds for sixth and helped the Sissies take fourth as a team.

In spite of her past two top-10 finishes Read was left wanting more.

“State has been frustrating. Once I got to that stage, I’ve not competed my best,” she said. “It’s been just a couple of holes. I’ve not played bad. It’s been a couple of mental mistakes that I shouldn’t make.”

Since the state tournament last year, Read has been playing at a consistently high level. Over the summer, she won the Tour 18 championship and posted several other solid rounds in regional events.

This spring, Read has played consistent. She took second at The Resort with rounds of 80 and 82. She won the Leap Day Invitational at Sugar Tree with a 75. In the wind at Robson Ranch last week, Read fired a 83 to take top medalist.

“Everything is really coming together,” Read said. “My ball-striking has really improved. I’ve started hitting more greens and fairways. I’ve always had a great short game, I just needed to be more consistent on my longer shots.

“When it starts coming together, you feel unstoppable.”

Bridgeport coach Alan Green points out that Read is playing with a lot of confidence and could be in position to chase down her lofty goals.

“Confidence is so big in golf,” Green said. “She puts in a lot of time and effort. I’ve been lucky to have a front row seat to see her progress. It’s easy to root for her with the way she approaches the game.”

That approach includes up to 20 hours per week working on her game. But to her it’s not work but a passion.

“I love it and it’s something I’m good at,” Read said. “There’s always room for improvement though.”

Read signed with Midwestern State University in the fall. She is looking forward to starting her college career. But there’s still a few things left to accomplish, starting with Monday’s district-opening round. She will be gunning for her fourth individual district title.

“I hope to make it four,” she said. “It’d be a great accomplishment and would mean a lot.”

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