Arlington High golfer dominates Fort Worth Junior Girls tournament

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Championship Flight River Crest Country Club Erica Lautensack 70 – 75 – 74 – 219 Alexandra Schies 77 – 78 – 79 – 234 Kim Kyong 76 – 78 – 81 – 235 Jessie White 74 – 77 – 85 – 236 Ellie Youree 76 – 82 – 80 – 238 Adriana Morillo 75 – 84 – 80 – 239 Olivia Gibbs 78 – 84 – 78 – 240 Alexandra Batista 79 – 85 – 76 – 240 Jacey Patton 81 – 76 – 84 – 241 Rachel Dahl 73 – 86 – 84 – 243 Marisa Delgado 74 – 86 – 83 – 243 Tarin Leong 78 – 86 – 87 – 251

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Heading into Wednesday’s final round of the Fort Worth Junior Girls Golf Tournament, Arlington High’s Erica Lautensack knew the tournament title was hers for the taking.

Lautensack was one of two golfers to score in the 70s over three days, taking the championship in dominating fashion with a 4-over par 74 in the final-round. Her total score of 219 was 15 strokes betterthan second-place finisher Alexandra Schies of Arlington Oakridge.

“Going into today, I knew it wasn’t a guarantee, because you could lose that so fast, but it was probably after the first five holes that I really thought I was going to win,” Lautensack said.

Lautensack used her short game to survive the final round by placing several chip shots close to the pin on the challenging greens at River Crest Country Club.

“Usually I hit more greens, so I’d be a little farther away. But my irons weren’t too great today, so I was missing greens and chipping,” she said. “I was usually pretty close.”

After a double bogey on seven, Lautensack really settled into her game on the par-4 No. 8, which she birdied thanks to a pitch that placed her just feet from the pin.

The senior was the only player to post a score under par with her opening-round 70 and followed that with a second-round 75 Tuesday at Ridglea Country Club.

While Lautensack was in control since day one, Schies couldn’t believe her second-place finish.

“I didn’t have any idea until one of my friends from Mansfield came and told me I got second,” Schies said. “I figured I was going to finish in fourth where I was this morning before I teed off. I thought she was kidding, but one of the dads came to tell me good job on getting second.”

Schies said she was frustrated with her game all day. However, her irons proved trustworthy Wednesday. She landed within 15 feet on almost every hole, which secured no more than a two-putt.

“It’s one of my best finishes in a tournament this big,” she said. “It’s actually my best finish in a tournament this big.”

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