High School Sports

Lexington golfers grab first-round lead

WOODRUFF - The Dorman girls' golf program, a perennial state contender, is one of those teams that bring an air of intimidation to any event.

The Cavaliers again are one of the favorites to end Lexington's five-year Class 4A state championship run, but they found themselves playing a bit scared.

That uneasy feeling was caused by the Cavaliers hosting the championship tournament on their home course at Three Pines Country Club, where they finished Monday's first round in third-place.

Lexington fired a 318 on Day 1 of the 36-hole event, sparked by individual leader Maureen Dunnagan's 75 and third-place Kathryn Miranda's 77. Wren is nine shots back and Dorman 10 behind.

"I think everybody was nervous, feeling a lot of pressure of playing on our home course and everybody kind of expecting us to win," said Dorman's Morgan Webber, currently second with a 76.

"Everybody played in fear today, and we just have to come back out, play relaxed and get rid of those fears."

The three other Dorman scores that counted behind Webber were Taylor Pleier (82), Sarah Timms (84) and Brittany Lowe (86).

"We gave away a lot of shots on the back nine," Dorman coach Lewis Terry said. "But we're not out of it by any means. Playing in your hometown, it's a lot of pressure because the expectations are so high, and I think that weighed heavily on their hands and swings today and maybe had a little bit of an impact.

"Now the pressure's off because they're down and if they want to come back they have to let it all out (in the final round)."

One might think Lexington is feeling the pressure of keeping its remarkable streak alive, but with a new head coach in Brandon Smith and only two returnees from last year's champions, it's almost like starting over.

"One of the things we've talked about all year is there's no pressure on us," Smith said. "We've been there and responded to it five times before, so the pressure is on the other teams. We're not worried about anything like losing the streak or any of that stuff. Hopefully that will pay off where the pressure doesn't really bother us the way it might some other teams."