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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2019 6:27 pm

Facing relatively calm conditions, both the Odessa High and Permian girls golf teams were looking to get off to good starts Friday.

When all the scores were added up, the results proved to be a bit of a mixed bag.

Permian (352) sits in third place while Odessa High (369) is fourth after the first round of the ECISD Invitational at Odessa Country Club.

Both teams are chasing leaders Midland High and Midland Lee, who finished the opening rounds of 328 and 336, respectively.

“I know that there was progress made out there today and that was good to see,” Permian girls golf coach Rodney Roman said. “The big focus today was about staying mentally in the round and I think there were a lot of shots that were left out there.

“That said, I think our team made some good progress today.”

Each team finished with two golfers in the top 10 after the first 18 holes.

Odessa High’s Chloe Aranda and Iris Ramirez shot 83 and are tied for fifth place while Permian’s Angela Aguirre and Adrianna Hernandez are tied for seventh along with Midland High’s Mackenzie Chandler after shooting 84.

They are all chasing Rebecca Reed of Midland Lee, who shot a 1-under-par 71.

“I thought Chloe and Iris both played really well today,” Odessa High assistant golf coach Shelby Hill said. “They had some struggles today but were strong in other areas and I’m proud of where they ended up.”

The biggest difference that both coaches saw from their respective teams was the play around the greens.

Playing on the Links Course, shots around the green ended up being a major turning point in the round.

“I thought the play around the greens made a big difference today,” Hill said. “A lot of them were challenging with how fast they were. It took our girls a little time to get adjusted.”

“I looked at the scorecards after today and I felt that there were six or seven shots left out there just by going off of the number of three putts and chips around the green,” Roman said. “I’m still pleased with where we ended up but I know the girls can step up and do better.”

With the first round in the books, the hope now for both teams is to be able to make up some ground Saturday on familiar territory.

After the first day at the country club, the tournament shifts over to Ratliff Ranch Golf Links where conditions are likely to be similar to Friday.

“I just want to see our team feel successful,” Hill said. I really want to see improvement in their game and the way that they practice. We have some work to do tomorrow but I think we’ll be good.”

“If we can save a few strokes here or there, I think we can make up some ground,” Roman said. “We just have to get rid of some of the mental blocks and I think there will be a chance to put up some good scores tomorrow.”

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