BAIRD - Early's Jake Angerstein is three shots off the lead after shooting a 73 in the first round of the Region I-3A boys golf tournament Monday at Shady Oaks Golf Course in Baird.

Angerstein, seeking his third straight trip to state, trails co-leaders Casey Middleton of Comanche and and Parker Doan of Merkel who both carded 70s, and Brock's Garett Leak, who finished with a 71. Wall's Coleman Coon is tied with Angerstein in fourth place.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on those teams will advance to Class 4A state tournament at Apple Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay May 14-15. Merkel leads the way at 315, followed by Comanche (320) and Brock (326).

Monday's results leave Angerstein and Coon as the top individuals not on top three teams heading into the final 18 holes Tuesday.