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The Neligh-Oakdale golfers opened the season fighting a bitter wind but still walked away from their home course Thursday with one score in the 40s.
Facing a tough Creighton squad with all of its golfers back from last season, Warrior junior Austin Rice shot a 45 to lead Neligh-Oakdale. The Bulldogs outshot Neligh-Oakdale by 25 strokes to win the dual at Antelope Country Club.
"It was a tough day to play golf, with the cold and the wind. I thought our kids played through the elements pretty well," coach Ron Beacom said. "With our kids being so inexperienced, it was important for us to get out and play a competitive round. This dual should go a long way in helping our kids know what to expect in the future."
Garret Belitz and Neven Kline both shot 54s while Caleb Payne rounded out the varsity squad with a 58. Payne had the shot of the day when he banked in a chip off of hole No. 9, hitting the pin to slide in for the strong finish.
Also for the Warriors, Trey Svatos and Brock Kester each shot a 62 and Colby Sehi carded a 67.
"This is a group of kids that is only going to get better," Beacom said. "We have six and a half weeks until the district meet. I think we will see vastly improved scores at that time. I'm looking forward to seeing us continue to grow throughout the season."
Creighton was led by Chase Largen with a 42. Brady Brockhaus shot a 45 while Braxton Brockhaus was one stroke back with a 52. Bryce Zimmerer rounded out the varsity with a 52. For the JV, Brennan Pint shot a 54, Tyler Wagner and Trey Vogt each had 59s and Trenton Mathias shot a 62.