Graham Southwick navigated the Beatrice Country Club in windy conditions on Monday to claim the Class B Individual Championship.

Southwick finished with a score of 82 on a day in which averaged scores were inflated due to a strong steady wind.

Beatrice coach Dick Start said the only day he can remember with worse winds was four years ago when they hosted districts.

"When you play in wind like that, you find out which guys have been putting in a lot of time," Stuart said. "You just have to grind and grind and only the strong survive. You also need to catch a few breaks."

Stuart said Southwick has been close to winning tournaments earlier in the season and felt he was on the verge of finally getting over that hump.

"He got it done today," Stuart said. "He caught a few breaks along the way -- just little things like getting up and down out of the sand on 15 was big for him. He continued to make big shots when he needed to and he's very deserving of this win."

The Orangemen finished second as a team. Their score of 379 was only bested by York's 357. Platteview finished third with a score of 389, Seward was fourth at 400 and Syracuse was fifth at 404.

Norris finished in eighth at 417 and Fairbury finished ninth at 424.

Stuart said finishing second at this tournament was a good thing for his team.

"York is awfully good and we were still tied with them after nine holes," Stuart said. "What I'm most proud of is the kids did compete and separated themselves from the rest of the teams. We are getting better and I'm a lot more encouraged by this second place finish than I was at the Fairbury Invite last week."

Andrew Paquette was Beatrice's next best finisher. His score of 98 was good enough for 15th.

"Andrew is getting really close to duplicating what he was doing earlier in the year when he was playing well," Stuart said. "He's still finding ways to make a double bogey or two and maybe in a week or two-- with a little work -- he can get those bigger scores down to bogeys."

Caleb McKernan was not far behind him in 17th with a score of 99. Stuart said McKernan played well on the front nine, but had a few things go against him on the back nine.

"He will continue to get better," Stuart said. "He just needs to be patient and understand on days like today, not everything will go our way. We just need to fight through that."

Dakoda Freitag finished 19th with a 100 while Trenton Jurgens came in 27th with a 105.

Stuart said he was "really happy" with Freitag's score because they've been needing their fifth man to step up and give them a score they could use.

"I think that will give (Dakoda Freitag) a lot of confidence going forward," Stuart said. "Treton (Jurgens) just had one of them days where I think he tried to think too much instead of just playing one shot at a time. He'll get better at that and will continue to improve."

Robby Meyer led the way for Fairbury with a 12th place score of 96 while Justin Peterson finished 18th with a 99.

Norris' Grant Oden and Tristan Bade finished 21st and 22nd with scores of 101 and 102.

Lincoln East was the team champion in Class A with a score of 358. Papillion was second at 363 and Millard West was third at 367. Alex Zillig of Papillion-LaVista won the individual championship in Class A with a score of 80.

Beatrice will be in action again on Thursday when they travel to the Capitol City Invite.


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