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Devon Wagner, Travis Layton

Devon Wagner (left) and Travis Layton (right) hold up their trophies after winning the Beatrice Country Club's annual Shotgun Blast Tournament.

It was a pair of Lincoln residents that were able to win the Beatrice Country Club's annual Shotgun Blast Tournament over the weekend.

Devon Wegner and Travis Layton won this year's member/guest tournament. Wagner is the member of the group while Layton was the guest.

The duo has known each other for about five years and met through Wegner's brother-in-law, Jon Deines -- A Beatrice resident.

Wegner, a BCC member for two years, had only played in the tournament twice previously in 2007 as a guest with his father-in-law, Mitch Deines, and then again last year.

This was his first year playing with Layton.

"We've been friends for several years and one of the reason's I invited him was so a bunch of us buddies could play together," Wagner said.

The first day of the tournament was a scramble format and Wegner said they got off to a slow start.

"But we started making some putts, which is a must in a two-man scramble," Wegner said.

The team was in third place after the first day. The second day was best-ball format.

"We just ham and egged it and Travis had a great back nine coming in," Wegner said. "

The duo had a three stroke lead going into the final round. Wegner said with quota points, you can't hide your partner on the third day, so both players have to shoot well.

"We played about as well as we could," Wegner said. "We made a lot of birdies. I think between the two of us, we had nine birdies and we were able to win by 10 quota points."

Wegner said despite just being a member for two years, he's familiar with the history of the Shotgun Blast because of his in-laws. He's also familiar with the course because he's played their many times during junior golf and college golf.

"It's a fun event and it's hard to win," Wegner said. "We got to play with a lot of friends and it's just a good deal. It was a blast because the course was in great shape and the tournament is well-run. They do a first class job down there."

Wegner, a graduate of Kearney High School, said it was a special win, especially since he now has some "bragging rights" on his in-laws now.

He said him and Layton both plan on returning to defend their title next year.

"That's the goal," Wegner said. "I live in Lincoln, but I will most likely be joining again next year and we will try to defend our title -- as hard as that will be."


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