McALLEN —Sharyland High’s Jimmy Lee took advantage of a calm morning with little wind and shot a 5-under 67 for a two-day total of 136 to successfully defend his title at the Region IV-5A golf tournament Thursday at Palm View Golf Course.
Lee won the individual medalist honors by six strokes over Zach Hefferman of Boerne Champion’s Navy team and Jake Sitterle of Dripping Springs, both of whom shot a two-day 143. Lee was the only golfer to card a sub-70 round and did it on both days.
The top three teams and top three individuals on those teams advance to the state tournament. Lee will be joined by teammate Luis Chavez, who carded a 149 during the tournament to finish fourth overall and secure the second state qualifier position. Flour Bluff’s Ethan Ming was the third state qualifier with a 152.
Boerne Champion Navy won the team event with a 612 score over the two days, defeating Dripping Springs (628) by 16 strokes and Alamo Heights Blue (631) by 19. Sharyland Pioneer — led by Ethan Lee’s 155, finishing ninth overall in the individual tournament — just missed qualifying for state, finishing fourth with a 647, six strokes behind Alamo Heights Blue.
In the boys Region IV-6A tournament at The Republic in San Antonio, Austin Westlake swept the competition with a 576 for first place and a 583 for second. San Antonio Johnson clinched the third position with a 589, led by Garrett Martin’s two-day 139.
McAllen High’s “A” team took eighth place with a 637 in a bunched up group. The Bulldogs were just nine strokes out of fifth place. They were led by sophomore Justin Ochoa’s 149 (78, 71), which placed him 17th in the individual competition. He was followed by Vince Tavarez with a 154 (78, 76), Javier de la Garza with a 162 (78, 84), Tyler Peña with a 172 (82, 90) and Jonathan Guerra with a 187 (92, 95).
The first round was suspended by inclement weather Wednesday and completed Thursday before the second round began. Harlingen (649) finished ninth, Edinburg North (677) was 12th, Harlingen South (680) 13th, Weslaco (681) 14th, and McAllen High “B” 16th at 739.