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The Beatrice girls golf team is heading back to state after finishing runner-up in the B-2 District Tournament hosted by the Beatrice Country Club.

The Lady O's score of 425 was just two strokes behind team champion Seward, who finished with a 423. Waverly also qualified for state with a third place score of 438.

Beatrice coach Dick Stuart said the team is happy to beheading to state for the second consecutive year.

"Going into today, our line was to survive and advance," Stuart said. "We were able to do that. It wasn't pretty, but we found a way to make it to state. The front nine was pretty rough, but the girls didn't give up and we just kept competing and now we get to play again."

Senior Sydney Southwick earned herself a district championship with an individual score of 96, which was six stroke better than runner-up Natalily Anderson of Seward.

"We felt really good about how Sydney played," Stuart said. "She is one of the reasons why we'll play again. We felt she had it in her and it was a great time for her to play some of her best rounds of the year."

Beatrice had two other girls finish in the top 10. Senior Abby Jones finished sixth individually with a score of 105 while senior Mackenzie Barnard finished seventh with a score of 107.

"Both Abby and Mackenzie struggled on the front nine, but played better on the back nine," Stuart said. "They found a way to hang in there and they were able to earn a medal."

Junior Makenna Hutt with able to card a 117 for the Lady O

"Makenaa hasn't played a lot of varsity and we needed her today," Stuart said. "We almost pulled off a district championship because of her score and we are proud of her and I think she can help us more at state."

Senior Payton Neunaber rounded out Beatrice's scoring with a 122.

"Payton has been good for us all year," Stuart said. "Today was not her day, but we know she'll play better at state."

Stuart said he was happy with the advantage of playing at their home course.

"It was a tough course today and pretty soft," Stuart said. "There wasn't much roll and we didn't put as well as we should have. Putting was the big problem for us more than anything else."

Norris had one player qualify for state. Emma Severson's score of 102 was good enough for third place individually. 

The Class B State Tournament is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14 and Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Elks Country Club in Columbus.

"Overall, we just want to go out there, relax and enjoy it," Stuart said. "But we also want to compete and when it's all said and done, we'll see where we land."

Fairbury, HTRS, JCC and Tri County will be competing in the C-1 District Tournament on Tuesday at Hidden Valley Golf Course in Lincoln. 

Qualifiers from that tournament will advance to the Class C State Tournament in North Platte on the same dates as Class B. 

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