LUBBOCK â€” After failing to make it to state in his two previous oppor-tunities, the third time was finally a charm for Sweetwaterâ€™s Ryan Mercer at the Region I-3A golf tournament.
On Thursday, Mercer claimed a state berth as he shot 75 for a 147 total, finishing second among all medalists â€” just three behind Hunter Wade of Perryton â€” but with the best two-day score of any medalist not on one of the top two teams.
This yearâ€™s Class 3A boys state tournament will be held May 12-13 at Austinâ€™s Roy Kizer Golf Course.
Mercer tied for 10th at last yearâ€™s regional golf tournament, but shot a 72 Wednesday that left him just one shot off the lead entering the final round. Borgerâ€™s Will Paulsell is the other state medalist, while teams going to state are Perryton (638) and Andrews (639). Wylie finished just three shots out of second place at 642.