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Golf: Top golf – Hudson finishes second, Chapman third at 9-4A tourney

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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Katie Hudson entered the last round of the District 9-4A tournament with a slim two-stroke advantage.

Katie Hudson. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Duking it out with Lebanon Trail’s Olivia Mitchell, the Bridgeport senior was one shot off the lead going into the final nine holes. Needing to get back into red figures, Hudson set herself up with two quality birdie opportunities on the fifth and sixth holes.

The putts refused to fall, allowing Mitchell to pull away.

Hudson finished second in district, carding a 78 Monday at Robson Ranch for a two-day total of 154. Mitchell took the individual medal with a 152.

“Honestly, I didn’t expect it,” said Hudson of her finish. “After that first round I was like, ‘Oh crap!’ I saw my [first-round score] and thought ‘I’m going to go for this.’ I didn’t do bad today. I shot two rounds in the 70s and that’s really good for me. This isn’t an easy course.”

Hudson said her putting struggles made the difference down the stretch. She had several strong tee shots and approaches but had issues on the quick greens. Her birdie putt on 5 came up short and her birdie attempt on 6 went just wide.

Hudson calmly sunk a 30-foot putt on the final hole to save par and end the afternoon six-over.

“It was just my putting,” Hudson said. “I wasn’t trusting my lies, and it was just going all over the place. There were definitely some putts I needed back and some I couldn’t convert to birdies. [I couldn’t make them] when I needed them.”

Hudson and teammate Taite Read advanced to regionals. Read shot a 95 on Monday for an overall score of 192 to finish as one of the top two individual golfers not on an advancing team.

“Down the stretch, those six, seven holes, [Read] played fantastic. She earned that spot to go as a second medalist,” said Bridgeport coach Alan Green.

Maycie Cortez shot rounds of 108 and 101 for the Sissies. Veronica Valdez fired a 106 and 103. Jaylon Mogus carded a 122 and 124. The Bridgeport girls finished third overall, shooting a 764.

Bridgeport’s Cole Barton carded an 83 on Monday for a two-day total of 170 to earn a regional spot.

“Cole is awesome,” Green said. “You see Cole, and you don’t know if he’s five-under or 15-over. He’s just so even-keeled. He’s such a good ball striker. He had a really tough front nine [Friday] but since then, he’s played really good golf. You want to see seniors like that get the chance to go to regionals.

CHAPMAN CARDS ROUND-BEST 70

Dayne Chapman. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Decatur sophomore Dayne Chapman was not satisfied with his performance to begin the District 9-4A tournament Friday.

Chapman fired an opening-round 81, putting him several strokes off the lead entering play Monday. After a conversation with his father about not rushing his shots, Chapman quickly recovered and started climbing the leaderboard.

Chapman shot a round-best 70 on the last day of the tournament, earning third place and a spot in the regional tournament.

“He knew he was better than what he was Friday,” said Decatur coach Fernando Escobar. “He came out today and shot really well. He had more ball control, especially from the fairway and coming off the tee box.

“[His performance] doesn’t surprise me. That’s the way he is. I would expect this. He’s just that type of athlete and is a competitor, for sure.”

Even though Chapman’s tee shot on the 13th hole went into the water hazard, he managed to bogey the hole and minimize the damage. He got the stroke back with a birdie on 18.

“My putting was so much better,” Chapman said. “I putted terrible Friday. Today I putted and chipped really good.”

Decatur’s blue team consisting of Chapman, Caleb Bennett, Issac Ille, Ian Carporale and Cade Montgomery finished third in District 9-4A with a two-day total of 715. Bennett shot rounds of 100 and 90. Hale carded a 96 and 94. Carporale fired a 91 and 95. Montgomery shot a 106 and 93.

The Eagles’ blue team ended the tournament 14 shots back of second place. The top two teams qualify for regionals.

Chapman was the only golfer from Decatur to advance to the regional tournament, which will be April 23-26 at Van Zandt Country Club in Canton.

“I’m pretty excited,” said Chapman of advancing to regionals. “It was fun last year, and it’s going to be even more fun this year.”

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