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Golf: Irion swings for state crown

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
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One Challenge to Go

ONE CHALLENGE TO GO – Brooke Irion has set her sights on garnering a title in next week’s state golf tournament. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Throughout her senior year, Brooke Irion has checked off a series of goals.

She won the District 9-4A title and led the Bridgeport Sissies to a third straight state appearance, including the fourth of her career.

Now, the senior and Tyler Junior College signee has her sights on contending for a state crown.

“I’m excited. I wanted to make it all four years,” Irion said. “It’s mind-blowing to think it’s this close. I think it’ll be a good year. I hope to make it in the top five. I think I have a chance. I’m playing really well.”

Irion and the Sissies will tee off Monday for the first round of the 4A tournament at the University Interscholastic League golf championships at Slick Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay in Marble Falls. Maycie Cortez tees off at 10 a.m. Ashlie Lennard hits the course 10 minutes later. Taite Read starts at 10:20 with Katie Hudson at 10:30. Irion hits the tee box at 10:40.

The second round will follow Tuesday.

“It’s exciting to be going with the group,” said Bridgeport coach Alan Green. “The girls have had a couple of weeks since regionals. I look forward to seeing them compete.”

Bridgeport finished third at the 4A Region II tournament, holding off 9-4A champion and league rival Frisco Lebanon for the final state spot. The Sissies cut 10 strokes off their first round score to finish with a 753.

The Slick Rock course will present several challenges with water hazards throughout. It also plays long at 5,377 yards for women.

“It’s going to be a good test. It’s a quality course for a state championship,” Green said.

Irion, who finished third at the 4A Region II tournament, is looking forward to playing the tough course that will allow her to take advantage of her long drives.

But since regionals, she’s been focused on her short game. In the final round at regionals, she hit all but three greens in regulation but finished with a 5-over 77 after being unable to get a putt to fall.

“I haven’t played that well from tee to green ever,” Irion said. “I’ve been just practicing putting and chipping – 50 yards in. I have to hone in my short game, especially, putting to have a chance.”

Green expects Irion to be in the hunt based on how she’s played all season. She shot an even-par round in the second round at Robson Ranch at the 9-4A championships to win the individual medal.

“You can’t count her out,” Green said. “She has a lot of ability. It’s going to be fun to watch her compete.”

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