Overland Park Lawrence High senior golfer Narito Mendez shot a 78 and placed fourth to qualify for state during a Class 6A regional Monday at St. Andrews Golf Course.
Mendez and two others tied for the second-lowest score behind leader David Gutgesell of Olathe East, but Mendez took fourth after tiebreakers were applied.
Joining Mendez as individual state qualifiers were Free State’s Jack Flynn and Jack Junge. The pair of Jacks shot rounds of 83 to tie for 13th place overall, but their scores were just inside the cutoff for qualifiers not affiliated with the top three teams.
Lawrence High finished fifth in the team standings with 338 strokes, and Free State placed sixth with 340. The Lions were four strokes away from a three-way tie for the third-place spot. Olathe East led the team standings with 318 strokes.
The Class 6A state golf tournament will be held May 27 at Topeka Country Club.
Team scores (top three advance to state): Olathe East 318, Olathe Northwest 332, Shawnee Mission Northwest 334, Olathe South 336, Lawrence 338, Free State 340, Gardner-Edgerton 380, Olathe North 425.
David Gutgesell, OE 73
Trystan Tovkach, GE 78
Christina Sheppard, OE 78
Narito Mendez, Law. 78
Mitchell Bolton, SMNW 79
Brady Kaemmer, OE 79
Jayce Steury, OS 80
Colton Allen, SMNW 81
Ryan Thompson, OS 81
Harry Welsh, ONW 81
Top five individual qualifiers: Tovkach, Mendez, Steury, Thompson, Jack Flynn (Free State) 83, Jack Junge (Free State) 83.
Other LHS results: Dawson Dykes, 84; Cole Brungardt, 85; Tucker Sutter, 91; Braxton Olson, 93; Garrett Wildeman, 95.
Other FSHS results: Matt Siler, 87; Hunter Dedloff, 87; Austin Kastl, 88; Coleman Houk, 96