The Beatrice boys golf team got their season started on a positive note Monday with a win over Fairbury.

The dual between the two schools has been the traditional opening of both teams' season for many years. This year's was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but inclement weather in the forecast prompted officials to move the dual up to Monday.

The golfers had nice conditions at the Beatrice Country Club Monday afternoon and the Orangemen managed a 183 on the day while Fairbury posted a 212 as a team.

Only a few strokes separated Beatrice's top four golfers, who all were part of Beatrice's state qualifying team last year. Graham Southwick led the way with a nine hole score of 43.

Beatrice's next best finisher was Trenton Jurgens, who finished with a score of 45. Andrew Paquette carded a 47 for Beatrice while Caleb McKernan finished with a 48.

Beatrice coach Dick Stuart, who is starting is 30th season as the Orangemen head coach, said it's good to get that first competition under their belt.

"This was our first meet and we needed to find out what we need to work on," Stuart said. "We now know and we will use the next couple of days to work on our weaknesses and try to get each player ready for our first tournament on Friday at Seward."

Fairbury's Robby Meyer carded the lowest score of the day of 42. Justin Peterson was next best for the Jeffs with a score of 50 while Blake Bauer turned in a score of 56.

Rounding out the scoring for the Jeffs was Tanner Novotny with a 64 and Anthony Moyer with a 65.

The Orangemen will travel to the Seward Invite on Friday. Their next home competition will be a dual against Waverly on Monday.

Fairbury will also be competing in the Seward Invite on Friday.


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