COLUMBUS -- The Beatrice girls golf team wrapped up their season with an eighth place finish at the Class B State Tournament in Columbus.
Beatrice shot a total team score of 410 on Tuesday, which was nine strokes better than their score of 419 on Monday. That allowed them to move all the way up to eighth place in the team standings after entering the day as the 12th place team.
Beatrice Coach Dick Stuart said his team had a rough start on Monday, but was happy with how they competed until the end.
"As the day went on yesterday, we played much better," Stuart said. "On Day 2, I was really happy with how we competed in a lot worse weather conditions. We shot nine shots better and improved our position to find a way to get into the top 10. The whole team competed very well."
Sydney Southwick followed up her 105 on Monday with a 97 on Tuesday for a two day score of 202.
"Syd was a district champion and that's always exciting," Stuart said. "Her year wasn't as great at times, but she also had some really good finishes and she has been a really great leader for this team."
Payton Neumaber followed up her 101 on Monday with 104 on Tuesday for a two day score of 205.
"Payton may not have played well at districts, but she had a really good year," Stuart said. "She played better than we ever thought she would. As a freshman, she could pretty much just hold a club, but she worked at it and was an all-conference player for us."
After shooting a 105 on Monday, Mackenzie Barnard came back with a 107 on Tuesday for a two day score of 212.
"Mackenzie was pretty steady all year," Stuart said. "We always knew about what she was going to shoot and there were several tournaments in which she finished well."
Abby Jones followed up her 109 on Monday with a 102 on Tuesday for a two day total of 211.
"Last year, Abby only played varsity for half the year and this year, she really played well early," Stuart said. "As the year went on, we may have started thinking a little more than we should have instead of just playing, but she was another all-conference player for us."
Makenna Hutt followed up her 108 from Monday with a 120 on Tuesday for a score of 228.
"Makenna stepped up when Blake (Trusty) went down with an injury," Stuart said. "She scored for us on the first day, which was exciting because next year, we're going to need her and Blake to be leaders for us."
It was the last competition for seniors Southwick, Barnard, Neunaber and Jones. Stuart said their leadership will be missed, but he's optimistic about the future of Beatrice girls golf.
"These four seniors got to play in the state tournament -- some of them three times -- and it's always tough to lose them," Stuart said. "But we've got some eighth graders that want to play as freshman and we've got some juniors that will be seniors and we'll see what we can put together."
Norris' one state qualifier, Emma Severson, shot a 98 on Tuesday after shooting a 93 on Monday. Her two day score of 191 was good enough for 22nd place individually.
Aurora's Danica Badura won the individual championship with a two day score of 145. She was 14 strokes better than Scottsbluff's Anna Kelley and Ogallala's Harly Hiltibrand.
Scottsbluff won the team championship while Gering finished second and Ogallala finished third.
In the Class C State Tournament in North Platte, Tri County's Carissa Lijewski shot a 98 on Tuesday after shooting a 102 on Monday.
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