Overland Park Lawrence High senior Narito Mendez shot a team-low 80 and placed fifth on Monday at the Shawnee Mission South Invitational at Meadowbrook Country Club.
Mendez carded the third-lowest score at the season-opening tournament, along with two other golfers, but fell to fifth after ties were broken by comparing handicap scores.
The Lions finished ninth out of 12 teams with a total of 355, one stroke behind Free State, which placed eighth.
Junior Austin Kastl led the Firebirds with an 82 and placed eighth after tying for seventh and losing a scorecard playoff.
Corey Dillon (74) and Ryan Clatterbuck (77) finished 1-2 for Washburn Rural, which also took first as a team with 329.
LHS and FSHS play next on April 7 at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Invitational.
Shawnee Mission South Invitational
Monday in Overland Park
Meadowbrook Country Club
Team results (ties broken by fifth players)
1. Washburn Rural 329, 2. Olathe Northwest 336, 3. Olathe East 339, 4. Olathe South 344, 5. Mill Valley 346, 6. Shawnee Mission South 346, 7. Shawnee Mission East 346, 8. Free State 354, 9. Lawrence 355, 10. Shawnee Mission West 362, 11. Shawnee Mission Northwest 438, 12. Shawnee Mission North 486.
Free State results (*after scorecard playoffs)
7T (8*) Austin Kastl 82
13T Matt Siler 84
37T Colton Steele 93
44T Coleman Houk 95
49 Daniel Clarke 100
Lawrence High results
3T (5*) Narito Mendez 80
24 Tucker Sutter 87
34T Cole Brungardt 91
47T Dawson Dykes 97
52 Brent Cahwee 103