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The Beatrice girls golf team finished second in the Class B division of the Beatrice Invite on Tuesday.

The Lady O finished with at team score of 399, which put them behind Class B champion Omaha Duchesne's 374.

Beatrice coach Dick Stuart said they knew Omaha Duchesne would be tough, but he's glad they were able to get second.

"We felt like we had a good shot at second," Stuart said. "I'm most excited that we broke 400. If we keep doing that and maybe even improve, we are going in the right direction. I think at 399 at Beatrice is a pretty good score."

Nebraska City finished third at 417, Norris finished fourth at 433 and Omaha Skutt finished fifth at 440.

Payton Neunaber finished with a fourth place medal for the Lady O with her individual score of 93. Omaha Duchesne swept the top three individual positions with scores of 79, 88 and 89.

"Payton shot a career best today and I am really proud of her," Stuart said. "She's a senior now and she's playing like a senior. She's hitting it well in practice and things are just clicking for her right now."

Beatrice had three other medalists as well. Mackenzie Barnard finished eighth with a score of 100, Abby Jones finished ninth with a score of 103 and Sydney Southwick finished 10th with a score of 103.

"Abby has had a really good start to the season shooting two really nice scores," Stuart said. "Sydney and Mackenzie are just steady players. We just need to work on a few little things with both of them to get them into the mid 90s."

Blake Trusty rounded out the scoring for Beatrice with a score of 110.

"Blake just has to work on her irons and get her confidence up," Stuart said. "Her tee shots are good and she's been solid around the greens. If we can just get her confidence up and get her going in the right direction, she can be good because she has a lot of talent."

Norris was led by Emma Severson's score of 99, which was good enough for sixth place.

Grace Gutzmer and Emma Weekly finished 14th and 15th for the Lady Titans with scores of 108. Faith Ebbers finished with a 118 and Carrie Driskell finished with a 126.

Fairbury's top finisher was Lauren Patton, who finished with a 118.

Beatrice also competed in the Lincoln East Tee Off Classic at Holmes Golf Course last Thursday.

Beatrice finished with a team score of 398, which was good enough for sixth place. Lincoln Southwest won with 324, Lincoln East was second with 363, Lincoln Southeast and Omaha Westside was third and fourth with 370 and Elkhorn South was fifth with 372.

Beatrice finished ahead of Millard South, Lincoln Northeast, Omaha Skutt, Lincoln North Star and Lincoln High.

"Our goal was to get under 400 for our first tournament and we were successful," Stuart said. "We played some very good competition and that will help us in the future. We will need to work as a group to improve our short game and make more pars."

All five girls were within eight shots of each other. Sydney Southwick shot a 97 while Payton Neunaber shot a 99. Abby Jones had a career best score of 101 while Mackenzie Baranrd also registered a 101. Blake Trusty rounded it out for the Lady O with a 105.

Beatrice will be in action again on Thursday when they travel to a dual at Fairbury.

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