Decatur finishes 7th; Bridgeport takes eighth at Tanglewood

Playing on the Tanglewood course in Pottsboro, the site of the District 9-3A tournament in April, the Decatur Eagles finished seventh and the Bridgeport Bulls eighth Monday.

Decatur fired a 350, finishing two strokes ahead of Bridgeport.

Sulphur Springs won the tournament with a 316.

Drew Jones carded Decatur’s best score, an 80. He finished 10 strokes back of Paris’ Tanner Napler, who won the tournament with a 70. Sulphur Springs’ Brody Blackmon took second with a 71.

Decatur’s Cade Lamirand shot an 85. Bryce Elder hit 90, Hayden Bennett 95, and Charlie Shannon 101.

Decatur’s Dawson Thompson hit a 99 and Derek Potts a 128 playing as individuals.

Ty Reed led Bridgeport, shooting an 83. Brayden Garrett hit 86, Blake Boyd 89, and Brazier Talley 94. Austin Lennard hit 131.

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Panthers take 5th at Nocona; Melton shoots 81 for third

The Paradise Panthers golf team finished fifth Monday, shooting a 391 at the Norman Waters Invitational at Indian Oaks Golf Course in Nocona.

Nocona won the tournament with a 337. Holliday finished second with a 363.

Bradley Young led Paradise with a 91. Ryan Norwood shot a 95, and Tanner Edwards 98. Erby Higgins hit 107, and Drew Carter 111.

Chico finished sixth with a 394. Tyler Melton, who finished third overall, carded an 81. Marshall Anderle turned in a 101, Jeremy Blanks 105, Crese Redman 107, and Tyler Sparks 111. Playing as an individual, Chico’s Devon Wilson shot 116.

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Jones cards 81 at Trophy Club

Drew Jones fired an 81 to card the Decatur Eagles’ top score last week on the Hogan Course at Trophy Club in the team’s second tournament of the spring.

Brendan Kerby shot an 87, one shot better than teammate Charlie Shannon.

Hayden Bennett and Dawson Thompson hit 97s. Derek Potts had a 105.

The Decatur JV took third at Cross Timbers. Jackson Bearden hit a 93 to take fourth.

Clay Gillispie shot 98. Holden Walker finished with a 106, Drew Graves 109, and Kale Bronniman 112.

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Eagles secure season-opening win

Brendon Kirby and Drew Jones shot matching 79s to lead the Decatur Eagles to a season-opening victory Wednesday at The Resort.

Decatur’s foursome of Kirby, Jones, Nick Trachta and Charlie Shannon combined to shoot a 355, winning the tournament by 10 strokes over Azle. Boswell finished 12 strokes back in third.

“It was a good first tournament, and we didn’t have all our guys,” said Decatur coach Fernando Escobar. “They did great considering the fact they’ve not been out there [practicing] because of the weather.”

Kirby ended up third in the tournament based off having the better opening holes than Jones, who finished fourth. A Pantego golfer won the event with a 77.

“Kirby said it was his best round,” Escobar said. “He was controlling his drive and hitting fairways. It was fun to watch.”

Shannon fired an 85. Trachta finished with a 112.

Decatur’s second foursome combined for a 462. Dawson Thompson shot an 111. Kale Bronniman finished with a 113. Lawson Harris hit a 114. Drew Graves fired a 124.

Decatur will play at the Byron Nelson Tournament in Trophy Club Feb. 24.

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Top Stories of 2013: May 4 – Eagles land 5th at state tourney

The second stroke bounced slightly past the heart-shaped green of the 18th hole.

Buttressed by water to the left and a bunker on the right, a dense crowd gathered on a slope by the green. The anxious group watched the final foursomes of boys play the final hole Friday afternoon in the 2013 Class 3A UIL state golf tournament at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin.

A third shot landed senior Dylan Rottner a few feet from the pin, and a par putt followed. His round-two score of 76 was a 10-stroke improvement over the first day, and the lowest one day score by a Decatur player in the tournament.

Moments later, teammates Jansen Alker, a senior, and freshman Drew Jones sank their final shots. They led the team in the first round with scores of 81 and 77, respectively. The pair shot 88 and 81 on day two. Seniors Eric Gage and Dylan Erwin turned in second round scores of 84 and 89, respectively, after they each shot 88 on the first day.

The team’s efforts landed them fifth in the state tournament with a two-day total of 662 – six shots shy of a third place medal.

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Top Stories of 2013: May 4 – Sissies finish season in state’s top 10

Through two rounds of cold and windy conditions, the Bridgeport Sissies capped off their 2013 run in the state golf tournament with a 10th-place finish.

A two-day total of 859 left the Sissies tied with Cuero. Orangefield finished ninth with an 837. Andrews took the overall girls title with a 652.

“Coming down to Austin and playing for a state championship is something these girls will always remember,” Bridgeport coach Alan Green said. “We didn’t shoot as well as we had the last couple of tournaments, but we competed well and that is all you can ask.”

Bridgeport closed the second day with a 431 under much better conditions than they faced Thursday morning.

Temperatures dropped and a gusty north wind welcomed players to the links in the first round. The conditions did not improve as the day went on.

The weather was better Friday, but high winds continued to plague the players.

“It was 90 degrees and sunny on Wednesday, then by Thursday it was real windy and cold,” senior Tiffany Hawkins said. “It was tough to make the adjustment.”

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Eagles capture fifth

The Decatur Eagles took fifth at the tournament held at Trophy Club Monday. It was the final tournament of the fall.

Drew Jones

Decatur shot a team total 330, finishing three shots behind fourth-place Richland. Grapevine Faith secured first overall with a 313.

Sophomore Drew Jones led the way for the Eagles, taking second individually after firing a 73.

Bryce Elder penciled an 81, and Charlie Shannon turned in an 86. Brenden Kirby shot a 90, and Nick Trachta turned in a 91.

Lawson Harris led the Decatur medalists with a 104. Hayden Bennett fired a 107.

Dawson Thompson had a 111, and Kaylee Higdon shot a 117.

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Eagles finish 8th at Terrell Fall Classic

The 15th-ranked Decatur Eagles shot a 341 to capture eighth at the Tour 18 Golf Course in Flower Mound Tuesday.

NICE DAY – Decatur’s Bryce Elder and Drew Jones show off their medals after Tuesday’s tournament at Tour 18 Golf Course in Flower Mound. Decatur placed eighth as a team, and Jones captured first overall. Elder won bronze for finishing third among fifth flighted golfers. Messenger photo by Kristi Bennett

Aledo took the overall team title with a 324.

Sophomore Drew Jones, currently the fourth-ranked player in Class 3A, led Decatur with one-under 71 to capture the individual title.

Bryce Elder finished third among No. 5 players on each team. Elder fired an 87 to pick up the bronze medal in that category.

The tournament was hosted by Terrell, and the large field consisted of 95 players from across north and east Texas.

Brenden Kerby shot an 89, Charlie Shannon shot a 94 and Nick Trachta turned in a 96.

The Eagle medalists were led by Dawson Thompson with a 103. Hayden Bennett fired a 105 and Harris Lawson penciled a 111.

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Golf Briefs for Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Club at Runaway Bay is hosting the Gobble It Up 5K Golf Tournament on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 28.

It will be a two-club max challenge tournament combined with a 5K walk. Tournament entrants receive a $5 discount on the Thanksgiving buffet.

Entry fee is $39 per person, which includes green fees and cart.

For more information contact Darren Hazel at darren@runawaybay.com or call (800)-381-0734 to register.

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Jones takes title

Decatur’s Drew Jones won the Eagle Invitational golf tournament hosted by Crowley High School Tuesday at Fossil Creek Golf Course in Fort Worth.

NICE DEBUT – In his first tournament of the season, Decatur’s Drew Jones captured first-place at the Eagle Invitational held at Fossil Creek in Fort Worth. Submitted photo

Jones, playing as an individual medalist representing Decatur High School, fired an even-par 72 for a three-shot victory.

Fort Worth Christian’s Riley Fortner finished second with a 75 and his teammate Dillon Chase took third with a 78.

Most of the schools participating were Class 5A, and all golfers had to deal with a strong north wind and steady rain most of the day.

Despite the conditions, Jones made 18 straight pars while hitting 12 of 14 fairways and had 14 of 18 greens in regulation.

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DHS Golf Booster Club Tournament

The Decatur High School Golf Booster Club will hold its fourth annual tournament at Runaway Bay Saturday, Nov. 23 to benefit the Decatur boys’ and girls’ golf teams.

The entry fee of $400 per four-person team includes mulligans, lunch, goody bags and door prizes.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. with lunch at 11 and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

For more information or to register contact Jim Lamirand at 393-3201, Mark Graves at 389-2561, Steve Jones at 399-9465 or Jeff Elder at 393-1245.

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Decatur golf team tees up season

The Decatur Eagle golf team started its season Monday at Tanglewood Country Club and came away with a fifth-place finish.

The Decatur “A” team shot a team total 352, finishing two strokes behind fourth-place Frisco Lone Star.

North Lamar won the tournament with a 327.

The Decatur “B” team finished 12th with a 419 and the Eagle junior varsity took 13th with a 441.

Senior Charlie Shannon led the way for the “A” team with an 83. Cade Lamirand fired an 84.

Bryce Elder shot a 92, and Brenden Kirby fired a 93. Nick Trachta penciled a 95.

Trevor Rhoades led the “B” team with a 90. Josh Murray turned in a 105.

Lawson Harris and Hayden Bennett both fired a 112. Dawson Thompson had a 114.

Kale Bronniman led the JV with a 109. Chance Cooper came in with a 110. Ethan Sij and Drew Graves each had a 111.

Derek Potts penciled a 116.

Medalist Holden Walker fired a 115, and Kaylee Higdon shot a 105.

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Jones cruises to title; Decatur freshman destroys field by nine shots

Drew Jones led from start to finish at the Texas/Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament in Wichita Falls this week, easily taking the overall title.

He led by two strokes at the end of the first round and built his lead to nine by the end of Wednesday’s third round. Jones carded a 9-under 203 in the 14/15 age group with rounds of 68, 65 and 70.

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TOP SPOT – Decatur’s Drew Jones won first place at the Texas/Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament this week in Wichita Falls. Submitted photo

Two golfers finished tied for second with a total of 212. Jones finished fifth in the same tournament a year ago, when he carded a 213.

More than 350 golfers from across three states and Mexico competed in the event, including two other Wise County golfers.

Bridgeport’s Lexi Read finished in a tie for 10th with a three-round total of 240 in the girls 14/15 division. She fired rounds of 79, 83 and 78. She took 19th last year.

Camille Enright of Plano captured first with a 214, winning by nine strokes.

Decatur’s Dylan Rottner qualified for the final round in the 16/18 division. Rottner finished right on the cut line with a three-day total of 230 after rounds of 77, 75 and 78. On Thursday he fired a final round of 79 to finish with a 309.

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Jones takes early lead

Decatur’s Drew Jones has a seven-stroke lead after the first two rounds of the 57th annual Texas/Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament in Wichita Falls.

Jones carded a 4-under 68 Monday and a 7-under 65 Tuesday to jump out in front of the 14/15 age group. He hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation en route to a two-stroke lead after day one.

The University of Texas-bound golfer finished fifth in the event last year.

Another Decatur golfer, recent graduate Dylan Rottner, shot a first-round 77. Rottner, who is bound for Texas Wesleyan, is 10 shots off the pace going into the second round of the boys open championship division.

Bridgpeort’s Lexi Read also got off to a good start with an opening-round 79 in the 14/15 girls group. She trails Plano’s Camille Enright by 10 shots and is only six strokes out of second place.

Approximately 350 players compete in the tournament, which spans three different golf courses in the Wichita Falls area.

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Decatur pair land on all-state golf team

Decatur’s Drew Jones and Dylan Rottner both garnered all-state honors when the 2012-2013 UIL All-State Class 3A Boys Golf Team was announced this week.

Nice Finish

NICE FINISH – Decatur freshman Drew Jones earned second-team all-state honors this week. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Jones, a freshman, landed on the second-team while Rottner, a senior, earned honorable mention for the second consecutive year.

Jones is coming off a ninth-place finish at the state tournament. Decatur placed fifth overall.

He helped lead the Eagles to a second-place finish at regionals after taking home the individual district championship a week earlier by 13 strokes.

Rottner finished third at district, helping the Eagles claim a district title. He finished 22nd at the state tournament in May.

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ALL-STATE – Dylan Rottner picked up all-state honorable mention for the second consecutive year. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Rottner, who just graduated from DHS, recently signed to play golf at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.

Jones verbally committed to the University of Texas earlier this year.

The all-state teams are determined by rankings based on score sheets submitted by high school coaches for the 2012-2013 season.

First Team: Collin Thompson, Longview Spring Hill; G.K. Morrison, Andrews; James Sandoval, Pleasanton; Josh Baltzell, Andrews; Marcus Bennett, Madisonville; Tanner Napier, Paris; Taylor Grant, Abilene Wylie; Tyler Bryan, Big Spring; Wade Davis, Carthage; William Wilder, Henderson.

Second Team: Drew Jones, Decatur; Blake Lyle, Argyle; Chance Craig, Llano; Cole Grona, Fredericksburg; Dylan Coffer, Borger; Hunter Montgomery, Andrews; Lance Roden, Argyle; Omar Ramirez, Fort Stockton; Sam Rogers, Fredericksburg; Tanner Montgomery, Andrews.

Honorable Mention: Dylan Rottner, Decatur; Carson Scitern, Caldwell; Casey Fowler, Andrews; Clayton Meyers; Llano; Erik Walinder; Andrews; Hagen Wood, Longview Spring Hill; Hunter Thompson, Argyle; Jack Graham, Argyle; Ryan Pollard, Big Spring; Zane Stafford, Levelland.

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Eagles land fifth at state tourney

Eagles land fifth at state tourney

The second stroke bounced slightly past the heart-shaped green of the 18th hole.

Buttressed by water to the left and a bunker on the right, a dense crowd gathered on a slope by the green. The anxious group watched the final foursomes of boys play the final hole Friday afternoon in the 2013 Class 3A UIL state golf tournament at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin.

A third shot landed senior Dylan Rottner a few feet from the pin, and a par putt followed. His round-two score of 76 was a 10-stroke improvement over the first day, and the lowest one-day score by a Decatur player in the tournament.

Moments later, teammates Jansen Alker, a senior, and freshman Drew Jones sank their final shots. They led the team in the first round with scores of 81 and 77, respectively. The pair shot 88 and 81 on day two. Seniors Eric Gage and Dylan Erwin turned in second-round scores of 84 and 89, respectively, after they each shot 88 on the first day.

The team’s efforts landed them fifth in the state tournament with a two-day total of 662 – six shots shy of a third-place medal.

Big Spring and Fredericksburg tied for third with 656. Andrews captured another state title with 631, a single stroke ahead of second-place Argyle.

ON THE GREEN - Drew Jones contemplates a putt on hole 18 Friday at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin. Jones finished the state tournament tied for ninth in the state. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

ON THE GREEN – Drew Jones contemplates a putt on hole 18 Friday at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin. Jones finished the state tournament tied for ninth in the state. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“Finishing fifth in the state of Texas is quite an accomplishment for them,” said coach Kyle Story. “I thought they played really well. They got out here and competed.

“Able to finish fifth here is a big deal. Andrews has been a perennially tough team in 4A, and they dropped down to 3A a few years ago. Argyle was second by one stroke, and they won our region. Fredericksburg and Big Spring are both good teams that tied for third. It’s a really good field and I’m proud of where they finished up.”

“We all played to the best of our abilities, and we all played good,” Gage said. “But we could have always played better.”

“There are a lot of good teams out here,” Jones said. “We didn’t play quite as good as we could have. We weren’t used to the greens. They were a little more bumpy and had more sand than we thought. But everybody had to play it.”

Jones and Alker were bright spots on the first day of a tournament that started under harsh conditions.

Thursday the sky stayed overcast, with winds gusting 35 to 40 miles per hour. With a low of 42 it turned out to be the coldest May 2 in Austin since temperatures have been recorded.

“The weather has been real rough,” Gage said. “We’ve played in a couple tournaments where the weather has been like this but not two days in a row. Whenever you’re hitting the golf ball around in the wind, the wind really takes a toll on it. It’s hard because the wind pushes the ball around so much.”

But through nine holes on round one, Jones and Alker were at one-under and even, respectively. The team as a whole was tied with Andrews for first place at the time, with Jones and Alker more than holding their own among the state’s best golfers. But the weather wore the team down as the dreary day dragged on, costing them several strokes. They finished day one in fourth with a score of 333 – three strokes shy of fourth-place Longview Spring Hill.

Jones heated up early in round two with an eagle on hole seven. On a long, uphill, par five, his second shot, following a long drive, landed right of the green on a steep hill. A precision chip dropped into the hole, putting him at par as he approached the turn. Some tough double bogeys on the back nine ballooned his score to a plus-nine for the day, but his two-day score of 158 still landed him at ninth overall.

Rottner’s 163 placed him just outside the top 20, tied at 22nd.

“Day one I let the emotions get the best of me,” he said. “Day two I just zoned in and started playing golf and not worrying about scores, just playing shot to shot.

“It was 40 degrees and blowing 50 miles per hour. That’s hard to play in. The greens were in terrible condition, too.

“It got warmer and that helped because I hate playing in the cold.”

“Very windy,” said Story of the playing conditions. “It’s been brutal. Very tough. But the thing about it is everybody has to play in the same conditions. I was really proud of the team.

“Different guys played good on different days. If they’d all shot their lowest scores on both days, they’d have been in very good shape.”

With four seniors on the team, the trip to state was a goal they’d been working toward throughout high school.

“I’m so happy I got to spend my last year on a team like this,” Gage said. “It has been the best year of school in my life, and I’m definitely glad to end it like this.”

“It was great making it here with all the seniors – glad to see them get to go to state their last year,” Jones said. “It feels good we got this chance to try to win state. That’s quite an accomplishment. It’s kind of sad they are all leaving, but it had to happen at some point.”

On the 18th hole, under a clear sky and blustering winds, surrounded by friends, family, fans, teammates and competitors, each Decatur High golfer finished the final round of his high school career to a chorus of cheers. One at a time, each dimpled ball vanished into the final hole they would play together as a team.

“It was a good ending – making it to state.” Gage said.

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Sissies finish season in state’s top 10

Sissies finish season in state’s top 10

Through two rounds of cold and windy conditions, the Bridgeport Sissies capped off their 2013 run in the state golf tournament with a 10th-place finish.

A two-day total of 859 left the Sissies tied with Cuero. Orangefield finished ninth with an 837. Andrews took the overall girls title with a 652.

READY TO HEAD HOME - From left, Remi Swensson, Haley Shinn, Lexi Reed and Tiffany Hawkins smile after finishing 10th in the state 3A tournament. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

READY TO HEAD HOME – From left, Remi Swensson, Haley Shinn, Lexi Reed and Tiffany Hawkins smile after finishing 10th in the state 3A tournament. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“Coming down to Austin and playing for a state championship is something these girls will always remember,” Bridgeport coach Alan Green said. “We didn’t shoot as well as we had the last couple of tournaments, but we competed well and that is all you can ask.”

Bridgeport closed the second day with a 431 under much better conditions than they faced Thursday morning.

Temperatures dropped and a gusty north wind welcomed players to the links in the first round. The conditions did not improve as the day went on.

The weather was better Friday, but high winds continued to plague the players.

“It was 90 degrees and sunny on Wednesday, then by Thursday it was real windy and cold,” senior Tiffany Hawkins said. “It was tough to make the adjustment.”

Hawkins wrapped up her senior campaign with her first trip to the state tournament. She finished with a 98 in the final round after firing a 97 on Thursday.

“Going to state was a great reward for the season we had,” Hawkins said. “The first day was nerve-racking with all the great competition around us, but going out and finishing like we did in these windy conditions is a great accomplishment.”

Freshman Lexi Read led the Sissies, opening with a 91 and closing in 86. Her final round put her in a position for an all-state nod with a tie for 18th.

It was a great tournament for the freshman who gained valuable experience.

“I played bad the first day, but I came back with a back-nine recovery today,” Read said. “It was great experience coming here as a freshman and getting to experience this with my team.”

The wind and some opening round jitters got Read early in the tournament, but she rebounded with a great day two.

“You have to deal with a lot of things from the outside here,” Green said. “The last nine she played some great golf. It was a great way to close the season.

“The great thing about Lexi is, her work ethic is outstanding and she wants to get better.”

Remi Swensson shot a two-day total of 217. She opened with a 111 and closed with a 106.

Haley Shinn shot a first-round 129 and came away with a 141 on day two.

“Getting to play at this level and meeting girls that I would never meet unless I was at state was awesome,” Swensson said. “I didn’t play the best rounds I’ve ever played, but the girls around here push you.

“It was a great experience getting here, and I couldn’t have asked to be here with a better team. I’m glad we got here for Tiffany’s senior year and Lexi’s freshman year. Hopefully we’ll be back.”

With the loss of only one senior, the experience gained this year will be invaluable for the Sissies, who already have their sights set on next season.

“I’m excited about next year,” Swensson said. “I want to work hard this summer and get better. I want to come back [to state] and do well. I’ve got a taste – I’m ready for some more.”

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Playing through; Bridgeport heads for greener fields in Austin

Playing through; Bridgeport heads for greener fields in Austin

With clubs in hand, Bridgeport plans to show golfers in Austin just how tough Sissies can be.

ON-TO-STATE - Tiffany Hawkins, Haley Shinn, Lexi Reed and Remi Swensson are heading to the Class 3A State Golf Tournament after their third-place finish at regionals. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

ON-TO-STATE – Tiffany Hawkins, Haley Shinn, Lexi Reed and Remi Swensson are heading to the Class 3A State Golf Tournament after their third-place finish at regionals. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

The Bridgeport Sissies seized third place with 787 in the Region II golf tournament at Tanglewood, securing a spot for state play. They came in behind Atlanta by only 12 strokes and behind Melissa by 45.

The Sissies were able to beat out the competition despite only having four golfers. Only four scores count toward state play, but many teams take five players and drop the highest score. Taking four also meant the Sissies had no backup.

“We only have four girls, and Haley got sick the first night and so for her to stick it out and play while not feeling well it was great,” coach Alan Green said. “It is an individual sport, but we went out as a team. Everybody contributed to us going.”

Haley Shinn did put up the highest number of strokes for the team with 125 and 119, but great play by her teammates shrank the disadvantage.

“It was good. I had never been there before, and we all tried really hard to get there,” Shinn said. “We practiced every day Monday through Friday and on the weekends. We got some good groups around us so there’s a lot of competition.”

Remi Swensson had her best round of the year on the first day at regionals with 94, and Lexi Read had her best day of the year on the second with 77. Green said Tiffany Hawkins has been consistent throughout and put up 90-88.

“Everybody brought different stuff to it, and it was a team game and a team aspect, and that is why we’re going to win,” Green said. “We practice at Runaway Bay, but all the credit goes to these girls and their parents for the countless hours of instruction and practice and just a lot of time and effort.

“Golf isn’t an easy game. It can be very frustrating. For them to put the time in and the effort, it is amazing.”

Each of the golfers said their families played a big part in how they play the game.

WINDY DAY - Tiffany Hawkins and the rest of the Sissies battled cool and windy conditions at the regional golf tournament. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

WINDY DAY – Tiffany Hawkins and the rest of the Sissies battled cool and windy conditions at the regional golf tournament. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“My dad and my uncle play a lot. After we moved down here there were a lot of places where we could play all year round which is really nice and it’s not as cold as up north,” Swensson said. “Golf is something I can do with my dad and it’s something we have in common. He’s really excited, and he is going to make it down there even though he works a lot.”

For Hawkins, this is her last chance to go to Austin. As a senior, she’s been working toward state play for four years.

“It went by fast. I went to regionals all four years, and finally I get to go to state,” said Hawkins. “I feel really rewarded by these girls taking me there. Last year we were in a different region, and our competition was at a higher level. I was an alternate as an individual to go, but never got to.”

Bridgeport just got out of Region I, which has several good golf programs, like Andrews, Snider and Monahans.

Green said Bridgeport’s team would need to pay particular attention to its short game, because a title could be won or lost on the green. However, he believes just experiencing state play is important.

“Those greens are very difficult and we will have to focus a 100 yards in. I think it’s going to be a new experience for all of us,” Green said.

“It’s very exciting to get there,” he continued. “So many athletes don’t get to experience going to state and just what a big deal it is. We’re going to compete, but we are going to make sure we enjoy the atmosphere and the experience.

“Bridgeport has had a really good golfing tradition and won state in 2002, and we want to keep that going.”

RESULTS

Name Day …1-2
Lexi Reed … 86-77
Tiffany Hawkins … 90-88
Remi Swensson … 94-108
Haley Shinn … 125-119

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Chico pencils in best scores of year

Despite an illness to Chico’s Tyler Sparks, the Dragons still shot some of their best scores of the year at the regional golf tournament at the Shady Oaks Golf Course in Baird Monday and Tuesday.

Sparks got ill before the second round and was unable to finish the tournament so Chico was not able to post a final score with only three players.

The Dragons were in 10th place heading into the second round.

“I’m proud of our kids and all that they have accomplished this year in all of our sports,” Chico coach Lane Wilson said. “This has been the best year Chico has had in a very long time.”

Hunter York shot an 87 on day one and an 83 on day two. Dalton Tullos penciled an 82 and an 86. Tyler Melton had a 96 and an 86.

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Bulls place ninth at Tanglewood

The Bridgeport Bulls came away with a ninth-place finish at the Class 3A Region II golf tournament Monday and Tuesday at Tanglewood.

Bridgeport shot a two day total of 676. Argyle finished first with a 614, and Decatur was second with a 630. The Bulls finished the year with their best score of the year on the second day when they fired a 330.

“We had a great second day,” Bridgeport coach Alan Green said. “We took 16 strokes off our score from the first round. It was great to have that kind of scoring in our final tournament.”

Brayden Garrett led the way for the Bulls with an 82 and a 74.

“He played really well,” Green said. “He played great the second day, taking eight strokes off his score. The two over par 74 in the final round was his best score of the year.”

Ty Reed had solid rounds of 86 and 89. Blake Boyd broke 90 for the first time this year in the opening round with an 88. He fired a 103 on the second day.

“The two seniors, Dylan Benham and Scott Trickel played some of the best golf of their high school careers down the stretch on the back nine,” Green said. “They hit some great shots in the end, and it was great to seen them go out the way they did.”

Benham shot a 93 in the first round and an 81 on day two. Trickel fired a 90 and an 86.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of all these young men this year,” Green said. “These boys had a lot of support at the regional tournament. The parents have invested a lot of time and energy into their golf. It was great to see that work pay off.”

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