McKenzie Barnard

Beatrice's McKenzie Barnard watches her shot during the Lincoln Pius X golf Tournament Thursday at Holmes Golf Course

LINCOLN -- The Beatrice girls golf team traveled to Lincoln on Thursday to play in the Lincoln Pius X Tournament at Holmes Golf Course.

The Lady O finished fourth out of 11 teams. Their score of 398 was bested by Duchesne (384), Grand Island (396) and York (397).

It was the best team score of the year for both nine holes and 18 holes for the Lady O.

"It was nice to see some improvement today," said Beatrice coach Dick Stuart. "Our players learned today that their hard work might not always pay off immediately, but if they keep at it, it eventually will."

Beatrice had two individuals finish in the top 15. McKenzie Barnard finished 10th with a score of 97 while Sydney Southwick finished 11th with a 98.

"It was great to have Mackenzie medal with a season best 97," Stuart said. "And also to see Sydney earning a medal with a 98."

Not far behind them was Payton Neunaber, who finished with a 101 and Blake Trusty, who finished with a 102. Abby Jones rounded out the Lady O scoring with a 111.

"What was encouraging about today was our three, four and five players also shooting their best scores of the year," Stuart said.

Fairbury and Tri County also had golfers at the meet. For Fairbury, Casey Nimmich finished with a 107, Evie Schwab finished with a 116 and Melia Mitchell finished with a 127.

Tri County was led by Ryan Sand's 116 while Carissa Lijewski shot a 116 and Bailey Taylor shot a 119.

Omaha Duchesne claimed the top two spots on the individual leaderboard. Kirsten Nelsen won with a score of 83 while Isabelle Koehler was second with a 90. Lincoln Chirstian's Chloe Dworak and Taylor Van Ostrand finished third and fourth -- also with scores of 90.

The Beatrice girls golf team will be in action again on Tuesday when they travel to the River Cities Conference Tournament at Benson Golf Course. Districts is slated for Oct. 2.

"We continue to work on eliminating big number and penalty shots," Stuart said. "We now need to focus our next two or three weeks on accomplishing our team goals."

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