Arlington senior dominates wet conditions to lead Fort Worth Juniors after first day

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More information 7:30 a.m. Erica Lautensack 70 Rachel Dahl 73 Jessie White 74 7:38 a.m. Marisa Delgado 74 Kellie Martin 75 Adriana Morillo 75 7:46 a.m. Kate Tran 75 Ellie Youree 76 Kim Kyong 76 7:54 a.m. Alexandra Schies 77 Savannah Moody 77 Olivia Gibbs 78 8:02 a.m. Tarin Leong 78 Alexandra Batista 79 Kyle Corey 80 8:10 a.m. Jacey Patton 81 Katie Vu 81 Nina Kuprasertkul 81 8:18 a.m. Taylor Icenberger 82 Callie Morris 82 Christiana Lovfald 82 8:26 a.m. Samantha Garnett 82 Claire Carlin 83 Taylor Brookshire 83 8:34 a.m. Claire Lautensack 84 Amy Cox 84 Zoey Claire DaneshFar 85 8:42 a.m. Rachel Riggle 85 Aimee Mires 86 Mary Katherine Ingram 86

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For the first time in as long as anyone could remember, weather conditions other than heat plagued the golfers in the Fort Worth Junior Girl’s Tournament on Monday.

Rain fell constantly throughout the day, ranging from a light mist to a downpour in the early afternoon.

Quite literally, Arlington High senior Erica Lautensack weathered the storm to take control of the tournament with a 2-under 70 after one round.

Lautensack was the only golfer to finish below par, as Mansfield senior Rachel Dahl finished in sole possession of second place with a 1-over 73.

Beyond expecting less roll at the end of her shots, Lautensack said she hardly noticed the weather, which was a constant sprinkle throughout her time on the course.

Putting held Lautensack’s focus coming into the tournament and her extended work on her short game came in handy Monday. The small greens at Glen Garden Golf & Country Club left plenty of approaches on the fringe, all of which the tournament leader was able to get through, leaving a manageable put.

Slow, wet greens allowed her to make firm puts, which she said gives her better feel.

Lautensack finished last year’s Fort Worth Junior Tournament in seventh place after scoring an 81 in the first round. She enters the second round of this year’s tournament with the added confidence of experience on Tuesday’s course, Ridglea Country Club. The leading threesome of Lautensack, Dahl and Jessie White begins the second round, teeing off at 7:30 a.m.

As a part one of the later groups to tee off Monday, Dahl overcame heavier rain toward the end of her round, but did not let it alter her game, she said.

“I had an umbrella to keep myself dry when I needed to,” she said. “And I tried to keep my grips dry and just play it like a normal round.”

Dahl’s distance game worked in her favor Monday, allowing her driver and tee shots to set up her approach game.

Slow greens helped her pick up a few strokes by making long putts, leading to the best score she had posted at a tournament to date.

Other than soaking bags and towels and making golfers and fans alike very cold in July in Texas, the rain failed to faze many of the area’s top golfers, which impressed Texas Wesleyan golf coach Kevin Millikan, who was scouting the tournament’s talent Monday. The top 30 scores advanced to Division I of the tournament, which will be divided into the Championship and First Flights after the second round. The cut for Division I was 14-over, 86.

“When I look at the scores, there are some great scores considering that they aren’t used to playing in these types of conditions,” he said.

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