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Lady O finish runner-up at RCC tourney

September 26, 2018

The Beatrice girls golf team finished runner-up at the River Cities Conference Tournament Tuesday at their home golf course the Beatrice Country Club.

The Lady O finished with a team score of 405, which put them behind Duchesne Academy’s score of 333.

Omaha Gross finished third at 417, Ralston-Mercy finished fourth at 426, Omaha Skutt finished fifth at 428, Omaha Roncalli finished sixth at 562 and South Sioux city finished seventh at 683.

Beatrice coach Dick Stuart said they knew Duchesne would be tough -- and they were right.

“I hate to say that our goal going in is to finish second, but that’s what it was,” Stuart said. “We were able to accomplish that and we felt like playing at home helped us. But we know now that the important tournament is next week and we’ll have to travel for that, but we expect to play well then, too.”

Omaha Duchesne occupied five of the top six individual spots at the tournament, including the top four positions. Lauren Goertz won the meet with a 76 while Anna Boor got second with an 80, Bridget Duffy finished third with an 87 and Katie Speer finished fourth with a 90.

Omaha Gross’ Bridget Nothelfer finished fifth with a 91 while Duchesne’s Karolyn LaRose finished sixth with a 95.

Beatrice took the next two individual slots. Blake Trusty and Mackenzie Barnard both finished tied for seventh with a 97 each.

“Mackenzie was pretty steady after not playing quite as well as she would have liked to yesterday in a dual against Pius,” Stuart said. “She got off to a good start and didn’t make any big numbers and that’s the key this time of year.”

Stuart said Trusty had a good front nine, but an even better back nine.

“Blake continues to get a little better every time out,” Stuart said. “She’s doing well off the tee and we just need her to continue working on making the other parts of her game more consistent.”

Payton Neunaber finished 11th with a 104 and Abby Jones finished 16th with a 107.

“Our three and four golfers are why we finished second instead of fourth as a team,” Stuart said. “We like them to be around the 100 mark because we feel like we need to shoot around a 390 to make state. So the big key to our team is what our three and four players do. This was Abby’s first varsity meet of the year and it was a really good outing for her.”

Sydney Southwick founded out the Beatrice scoring with a 22nd place score of 115.

“Sydney had a day where if something could go wrong, it did,” Stuart said. “She’s still our leader. The other four picked her up today and we know on Monday, she’ll play better and she might be the one picking up the team and we feel good about that.”

Last Thursday, Beatrice competed in the Lincoln Pius X Invite at Holmes Golf Course in Lincoln.

They finished fifth with a team score of 402 behind York (382), Papillion-LaVista JV (383), Lincoln Lutheran (393) and Lincoln Christian (401).

Mackenzie Barnard finished with a seventh place medal with a score of 94 while Payton Neunaber finished 15th with a 99.

“Mackenzie played well and did not have any big numbers,” Stuart said. “Payton was right there until the end and lost a medal on a tiebreaker.”

Sydney Southwick fired a 102 while Blake Trusty had a 107 and Makenna Hutt had a 114.

Tri County’s Ryan Sand managed an eighth place individual finish with a score of 96.

The Beatrice girls golf team will next be in action on Monday when they compete in the B1 District Golf Meet at Crooked Creek Golf Club in Lincoln.

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