Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s golf teams are in strong contention for regional berths after completing the second 18-hole leg of their 54-hole tournaments.
The SHS girls are still in second place through two rounds of their District 5-3A tournament, which began last week at Sweetwater Country Club and continued Tuesday at Abileneâ€™s Maxwell Golf Course with Wylie as host team.
Sweetwater shot 363, giving it a 733 total with one round to play and increasing its margin to 27 strokes over Wylie, which is third with a 760 total.
But Sweetwater has almost no chance of catching Snyder, which now leads by 50 strokes after shooting 341 for a 683 total.
The final round is set for April 12 at Snyder, and the top two teams as well as the top two individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the regional tournament. The latter event will be played April 18-19 in Lubbock.
Sweetwaterâ€™s five players all currently rank among the top 20 medalists, although none are in the top five and just two â€” Sara Witt and Katie High â€” are among the top 10. Witt shot 89-179 and is in seventh place, while High shot 90-182 and is tied for eighth. Jodie May and Elise Lawrence are tied for 11th after shooting identical scores of 92-186, while Alex Gomez is in a tie for 16th after shooting 96-191. Emma Nunley of Snyder is in first place after shooting 80 for a 161 total.
Sweetwater No. 2 (817) is in sixth place after a 395 on Tuesday. On the team are Amy Witt (99-197), Angela Virgen (97-204), Leila Rubio (101-212) and Christian Richardson (98-218). Rac-hel Hunt (104-213), Sierra Hernandez (99-216), Molly Fincher (114-225) and Michaellah McKinney (133) are medalists.
The SHS boys, meanwhile, are still in third place after the second round of their District 5-3A tournament that began last week in Brownwood and resumed Wednesday in Big Spring, but they trail second-place Wylie by just six shots after both teams shot 315. The Mustangs have a 639 total with 18 holes left. Big Spring (304-612) has a 21-shot lead over Wylie, which is cur-rently at 633.
Sweetwater is just three shots ahead of fourth-place Snyder (642). Among medalists, Ryan Mercer (75-148) is in fourth place. Dylan Torres (78-160), Alex Castillo (79-163), Mason Andrews (83-168) and Guy Bond (91-180) complete the team. Torres is in eighth place and Castillo is tied for 11th. Mercer is seeking his third straight regional berth. This yearâ€™s regional tournament will be held April 20-21 in Lubbock.
Sweetwater No. 2 (752) is in eighth place after shooting 380. Jonah Lawrence shot 90-177, Yates Cypert shot 95-186, Joey Adames shot 96-195, Rance Stone shot 101-204 and Michael Hazard shot 99.
Sweetwater will host the final round on Monday at Sweetwater Country Club.