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Perry excited for state golf tournament

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Lexi Perry has played three strong rounds in the CIF Northern Regional Golf Championships and is hoping the third time is the charm at the CIF State Championships.

As a sophomore, the Oak Ridge senior shot an 83 and finished 34th in a field of 53 players. Last year, Perry finished her round in 82 strokes and placed tied for 36th out of 59. On Tuesday at Red Hill Country Club, the same course she played as a sophomore, Perry hopes to improve her score.

“Two years ago as a sophomore, I was really nervous,” Perry said. “I was paired with two seniors that had already committed to college and were strong players. Last year, I felt a little more comfortable and was not as nervous. Playing the same course this year that I played two years ago should help calm my nerves. I hope to improve on my last two state finishes, which were in the middle of the pack. I hope to put together a solid round.”

Perry qualified for the tournament by shooting a 3-over 75 at the CIF Northern Regional Golf Championships on Nov. 7. Perry was steady throughout with 12 pars, three bogeys, two birdies and one double bogey. Her two birdies came on the first and third holes she played, as she finished the back half of the course at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas at even par. Her final bogey came on the fourth hole (13th overall), while her only bad hole of the round, the seventh (16th overall), she scored a six on a par-4, 329-yard hole.

“My strategy playing there has always been to make sure I place my tee shot in the right spot in order to set up an easier approach to the small greens,” Perry said. “Usually, I rely on my driver and irons to score well, but my approach shots were a little sloppy. My short game was solid and allowed me to score well. I only had 27 putts which helped a lot.

“I played well, and I was happy with the score. I had one bad hole, took a double on the 16th hole, but overall I was happy with my round.”