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Saturday Sports Buffet: Playing into history books – Read turns in pair of rounds in the red

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, September 16, 2017
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Posting Red Numbers

POSTING RED NUMBERS – Midwestern golfer and Bridgeport alum Lexi Read shot a pair of 1-under pars in the school’s first tournament. Photo courtesy Midwestern State University

In two trips around the Squaw Valley Golf Course in Glen Rose Monday and Tuesday, Lexi Read couldn’t hit her driver the way she wanted.

That turned out to be just a minor frustration for the Midwestern State University sophomore on the way to earning a bit of school history. The former Bridgeport standout became only the second Midwestern golfer to post a tournament score in the red with back-to-back 1-under par rounds. Read tied for second with her 2-under 142.

“I had no idea until the story came out on Twitter,” Read said. “I honestly didn’t play that good. I struggled with my driver. But I made it work.”

A short-game wizard around the greens in high school, she made up strokes with solid iron play and the ability to knock down big putts.

“I putted good both days. I had six birdies the first day,” Read said. “Both days, I had a lot of crucial par putts.”

For Read, a four-time district champion and state qualifier while at Bridgeport, it was her best collegiate finish and the fourth time in her career to post rounds under par.

Last year as a freshman, Read picked up steam as the season wore on. She played in nine tournaments and posted scores that figured into the team scoring in 11 of her 14 rounds with three top-20 finishes. She finished 17th at the Lone Star Championships. At the NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championship, Read posted the team’s best round on the final day, a 4-over 76. Read finished 39th.

“The first semester was hectic, part of it was just adjusting to college,” Read said. “At the end, I played better.”

Her sophomore year is off to a solid start for her and the team. The Midwestern team fired the lowest team score in program history with the 4-under 284 on the first day of the season-opening tournament.

“We’re really young, but it’s a heck of a team,” Read said.

Read will be back on the course for the NCAA Division II Preview at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston Sept. 25-26.

“We’ll be competing against the best in Division II,” she said.

As the season goes, Read hopes to get that driver to come around and to reach the top spot.

“I’d like to win a tournament and obviously win with the team,” Read said. “I want to keep placing in the top 10 and keep my game improving.”

SIDEDISHES

  • It was one year ago that the Decatur Eagles turned to then sophomore quarterback Wilson Hicks to come on in relief at halftime at The Star to take over the offense. In the 12 games since, Hicks has amassed 3,219 yards and 39 touchdowns. But even more impressive is, he’s thrown the ball to the other team only seven times in 303 pass attempts. The Oklahoma State baseball team will be adding a pretty good quarterback.
  • Northwest’s DeMareus Hosey’s 381 yards last week against McKinney North was pretty impressive but it’s not the most for a Wise County back in the past five years. That game belonged to Boyd’s Qualynn Wells, who ran for 442 yards against Bridgeport in 2014. Former Decatur back Payton McAlister closed his career last year with 296 yards against Levelland.
  • Speaking of McAlister, he’s red-shirting this year at Florida Tech. To escape Hurricane Irma, he came to watch his Eagles play last week.
  • Three Wise County teams entered Friday still looking for their first win – Alvord, Bridgeport and Paradise. Not the start they wanted.
  • After Hurricane Harvey delayed the start of their season, the Crosby Cougars under Bridgeport product Jeff Riordan beat Jasper 42-36 last week. This week the Cougars take on Barbers Hill, the last stop for current Paradise coach Ronnie Gage.
  • The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets won their 25th straight district match Tuesday. It’s an impressive streak, but they are still less than halfway to the streak of the Decatur Lady Eagles from 2008 until last year of 67 straight.
  • Well the UNT Mean Green couldn’t find a way to cover SMU’s Courtland Sutton. Not many teams will either. Still expect UNT to have a shot at a bowl again.
  • Best wins for the Big 12 in several seasons last week with Oklahoma going into Ohio State and winning and TCU surviving a trip to Arkansas. But can the two carry that momentum through the rest of the season? I’m guessing not.
  • He may be controversial and wears his emotions on his sleeve, but Baker Mayfield is a great college quarterback. Still can’t believe he walked on to two Division I teams.
  • Last week, I predicted 10-6 for the Dallas Cowboys. I may have shot low looking at the rest of their division. Eleven or 12 wins may be possible.
  • The most successful run in franchise history is over for the Texas Rangers, which included four division titles and two World Series trips in seven seasons. But it may be a while for them to get back to competing. What a great time to open a new stadium!
  • Finally, a Twitter suggestion: @emptyseatspic. It was particularly entertaining last weekend seeing fans in Austin for the Longhorns game and in San Francisco at the 49ers game disguised as empty seats.

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