Beatrice Orangemen Place Third At Class-B State Golf Tournament

COLUMBUS – The Beatrice boys golf team placed third, and Orangemen senior Graham Southwick finished in third place at the Class-B State Tournament at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus.

The Orangemen shot a team-total 661 for the two rounds, finishing four strokes behind second place Omaha Skutt and six shots better than fourth place Scottsbluff.

York ran away with the Class-B team title, finishing 25-strokes ahead of Omaha Skutt.  Mount Michael rounded out the top five teams.

Southwick carded a two-day total of nine-over par 153, and finished tied with Charles Zielinski of Omaha Skutt.

Defending state champion, Caleb Badura of Aurora, fired a two-under par to run away with the individual title, winning by ten-strokes over Jordan Hart of Platteview, who was just one shot better than Southwick.

Beatrice junior, Trenton Jurgens, finished in a four-way tie for 23rd, scoring a two-day total of 20-over par – just three shots from medaling in the top-15.

Orangemen senior Eli Havekost and junior Andrew Paquette both finished at 28-over par, while freshman Bryant Jurgens rounded out the Beatrice scoring at 50-over par.

Last year, the Orangemen tied for 7th, and Southwick tied for 11th place.

Grand Island Central Catholic won the Class-C state golf tournament by ten-strokes over Elmwood-Murdock.  Milford placed 11th in the final team standings.

Chase Largen of Creighton won the individual title by a stroke over Matthew Schaefer of Hartington Cedar Catholic.

Max Madsen of Thayer Central finished in a tie for 18th, scoring a 20-over par and finishing three strokes from medaling in the top-15.

Nate Mensik led Milford by carding a 23-over par, while Tyler Bartels of Johnson County Central finished at 30-over par for the tournament.

West Holt successfully defended their Class-D championship by 13-shots over Franklin.

Mason Hale of West Holt and Ryan Weiss of Franklin tied for the individual championship at seven-over par. Weiss defeated Hale on the second playoff hole.

Adam Roth of Deshler finished 49-over par for the tournament.

Norfolk ran away with the Class-A team title by 24-strokes over Millard North, and Luke Kluver of Norfolk won the individual championship by eight shots over a pair of golfers.

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