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Sweetwaterâ€™s golf teams are both close to the lead following the opening leg of their respective District 5-3A tournaments this week. The girls are just one shot out of the lead in their event after shooting a 356 in Wednesdayâ€™s first round at Abileneâ€™s Maxwell Municipal Golf Course, while the boys shot a 320 and sit just three strokes out of the lead after the first round of their event which began Thursday at Snyderâ€™s Western Texas College.
The boys will have the home course advantage in their favor on Tuesday, when the second round of their 54-hole tournament is played at Sweetwater Country Club. The tourna-ment will move to Abilene Wylieâ€™s home course for the final round on April 10.
Alex Castillo and Ryan Mercer are leading the way for the boys as both shot 79s to tie for third place among medalists, two behind first-place Tate Kennedy of Big Spring. Sweetwaterâ€™s Mason Andrews and Dylan Torres are tied for eighth with 81s, while Guy Bond shot an 86.
Sweetwaterâ€™s No. 2 team is tied for ninth after a 398 in the first round. Yates Cypert shot 93, Michael Hazard 94, Blake Cumbie 103, Colin Dunn 108 and Wesley Maxwell 108 for the teamâ€™s individual scores.
Big Spring (317) leads the boys tournament with 36 holes to play, while Snyder (323) is third and Wylie (328) is in fourth place. Rounding out the team standings after Round 1 are Wylie No. 2 (341), Snyder No. 2 (354), Brownwood (383), Big Spring No. 2 (397) and Brownwood No. 2 and Sweetwater No. 2 at 398.
Sweetwater also had two boys golfers who played at medalists Thursday. Kevin Ludlum shot 100, and Jeremy Witt shot 109.
The Sweetwater girls will go to Big Spring on Monday for the second round of their 54-hole tournament, which ends on April 9 at Brownwood. Sweetwater currently trails only Snyder (355) in the seven-team field with two rounds left.
Sweetwaterâ€™s Elise Law-rence trails only one golfer after opening with an 82 on Wednesday, leaving her one stroke behind Snyderâ€™s Sabrina Castillo.
Alex Gomez is in sixth place for Sweetwater after shooting an 88, while Amy Witt shot a 90 and stands in eighth place after one round of play. Also for Sweetwater, Haylee Stewart shot 96 and Rachel Hunt carded an opening 99.
Sweetwaterâ€™s No. 2 girls golf team shot 417 and is in sixth place. Molly Fincher shot 94, followed by Sierra Hernandez with 100, Alexis Castillo with 111 and Caroline Lawrence and Laney Wallace at 112.
Sweetwater had three girls who played as medalists at Snyder.
They are Rachel Gray, who shot 111; Maddie How-ard, who shot 1118; and Bailey Bernal, who carded a 121.