CANTON — Robert E. Lee dominated on Day 1 of the District 11-5A girls golf tournament Tuesday at Twin Lakes Golf Course.
Led by Ellen Burton’s 75, the Lady Raiders A team combined to shoot 335 and lead the two-day event by 89 strokes. The second and final round tees off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The team scores for Day 1 were: Lee A 335, Longview 424, DeSoto 475, Lee B 502, Mesquite Horn 525 and North Mesquite 539.
The top two teams qualify for the Class 5A Region II tournament later this month in Waco. Also, the top two individual scores not on the winning and runner-up teams qualify for regionals as medalists.
While severe weather and tornadoes pounded the Dallas Fort-Worth area, the golfers were able to finish their first round without a delay.
Lee coach Shirley Chandler said she was thrilled about her team’s efforts Tuesday.
“We dodged the weather, which was a plus, and the girls performed well individually,” Chandler said. “The greens were fast and tough and our girls’ experience in reading greens at Twin Lakes helped their play today, without a doubt.”
Joining Burton in the top three are junior Kerbey Kipp and senior Erin Birdsong. Kipp, who finished third last year, carded an 82 to sit seven shots back with Birdsong 13 back after an opening-round 88. Lee’s Katy Powell (90) and McCall Carlton (96) rounded out the Lee A team.
The race for medalist spots right now is between Shirlecia Dickson of DeSoto (111), Jennifer Warren (111) and Ashley Phillips of Lee B (111).