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July 27, 2013

Enid twins face off in Junior Open semis

ENID, Okla. — For Grace Dillingham, it’s fun to have a twin sister (Elizabeth) to hit with and practice with.

It’s not so much fun to have to play her in a tournament like the twins had to do in the semifinals of the Intergris Bass Baptist Health Center Junior Open 2 Saturday at Oakwood Country Club.

Grace won the battle of the sisters 6-3 to advance to the Girls 14s finals, where she lost to No. 2 seed Jessica Le of Oklahoma City, 6-3, 6-3.

“I was glad when that was over with,’’ said Grace about the semifinal. “It was tough ... I mean we have to play each other, but we’re sisters first.’’

Grace Dillingham couldn’t pinpoint the toughest part of playing the sibling. The two have a close relationship, so it’s a little more difficult to build up the killer instinct.

“We play together a lot,’’ Dillingham said. “It’s a lot of fun to have them out there with you ... you always have someone to hit with.’’

Oakwood pro and tournament director Jim Shaughnessy was able to catch some of the sister vs. sister match.

“It went pretty well,’’ Shaughnessy said. “It’s hard to play your sibling ... but sometimes you have to play a friend or a family member. You just have to play as hard as you can.’’

Grace Dillingham, the No. 1 seed, was disappointed in the loss to Le. Le used a service break at 3-2 in the second set for the victory. Le had come back from a double break point at 2-2.

“It was a learning experience for me,’’ Dillingham said. “She was a little more consistent. I played OK, but there’s always room for improvement.’’

Le credits consistency for her victory.

“I was getting my serve in,’’ she said. “It feels good. I’m relieved all the hard work paid off.’’

No. 2 seed William Reynolds of Ramona beat No. 1 seed Mason Park of Oklahoma City 6-4, 6-2 in the Boys 16 finals.

Enid’s Jack Snodgrass, coming off a three-year layoff from the sport, finished third. He beat Enid High’s Blake Young 6-1, 6-1 for third after taking Park to three sets 3-6, 6-1, 10-5 in the semifinals.

“I was really impressed with Jack,’’ Shaughnessy said. “For Jack not to play for three years and then push the No. 1 seed to three sets, that’s something.’’

Jack Wagner beat Parker Conway 6-2, 6-0 in an all-Edmond Boys 14s finals. Enid’s Drew Callant beat John Stobbe of Shawnee for third 6-1, 6-3.

Callant and Enid’s Kaden Heitfield lost to Wagner and Stobbe in the Boys 14s finals.

Paxton Ford of Nichols Hills won all five of his matches in the Boys 10s round robin.

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