Goblirsch, Kretsch take lead at Tomahawk

NEW ULM — There’s nothing quite like home cooking.

New Ulm Cathedral’s Kayla Goblirsch proved that after finishing first individually at New Ulm Country Club on Day 2 of the Tomahawk Conference golf meet, shooting an 84 to lead all girls.

Goblirsch, who now sits 2.5 points ahead of Springfield’s Mackenzie Lothert after two days of the tournament, was happy overall with the consistency she saw from her game on Monday.

“I think everything was good all around,” she said. “There wasn’t anything that was really bad today, everything was smooth.”

Despite Goblirsch’s big performance during the second leg, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop remained the most consistent girls’ team, finishing first overall with a team score of 427, while Cathedral followed up in second with a 434.

Cathedral and GFW are now tied for first after two days of the tournament, with the final day for the girls coming up Monday morning at Mayflower Country Club in Fairfax.

Heading into Monday, where points count for double, Goblirsch will be looking for more success on her short putts.

“I’ve got to work on the short putts,” Goblirsch said. “I missed a few really short ones on the first nine that I could have made. But otherwise, I think I just need to stay consistent and keep playing how I’m playing.”

The next highest individual girls’ scores came from Lothert and Sleepy Eye United’s Ashtyn Tauer, who each shot a 97. Audree Ginsburg of Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart and Avery Weisensel each carded a 98 to follow Goblirsch, Lothert and Tauer.

In what seemed to be a common complaint among the area’s top golfers on Monday, Lothert wasn’t too happy with her score on Day 2.

“I think what I need to improve on is just my consistency on the greens, because on the front nine, I started with a three-putt, two-putt, four-putt, and I can’t have that happen and expect a good score to come out of it,” Lothert said.

For the boys, one golfer in particular who certainly wasn’t unhappy with his score was Springfield’s Mason Kretsch, who turned in a 75 for the top score of the day, moving him into first overall after two days of tournament action.

“I started a little shaky on the front nine, then I kind of got my groove, got the nerves out,” Kretsch said. “I started making some putts and just kept getting better.”

Kretsch was right behind teammate Mavrick Winkelmann after Day 1 last week in Buffalo Lake, but Winkelmann had a tougher time on Monday, finishing sixth after shooting an 87. That dropped Winkelmann to fourth overall after two days.

The Springfield boys still finished first on Day 2, however, with a team score of 340, just ahead of Sleepy Eye United’s 344. After two days, Springfield is a point ahead of SEU for first.

Cathedral’s Ethan Kirchberg and Logan Haala also turned in solid scores, with Kirchberg shooting an 80 and Haala shooting an 82. With their finishes Monday, they both moved into a tie for second place in individual scores behind Kretsch after two days.

Kirchberg’s score was the second best score of the day.

“I one-putted a good amount of times, which sure helped,” Kirchberg said. “But I made a few mistakes. Overall, I’m pleased with what I did. I made the putts when I needed to.”

Haala’s 82 was the third best score of the day. Even after his solid second-day score, Haala thinks that there’s still work to be done.

“I hit my irons really well, but I could not putt, and chipping was worse,” Haala said. “Every time I would chip, I’d leave myself 12 feet short, and I’d miss the putt. It just adds up.”

The boys’ side of the tournament wraps up on Monday morning at Winthrop Golf Club.

Girls’ Day 2 Team Scores

1. GFW – 427

2. Cathedral – 434

3. MVL – 440

4. Cedar Mountain – 454

(SEU, Springfield, Wabasso, BLHS were incomplete)

Girls’ Day 2 Top Individual Scores

1. Kayla Goblirsch (NUC) – 84

T2. Mackenzie Lothert (SPF) – 97

T2. Ashtyn Tauer (SEU) – 97

T4. Audree Ginsburg (BLHS) – 98

T4. Avery Weisensel (MVL) – 98

6. Miah Busse (GFW) – 104

T7. Annie Pomplun (GFW) – 105

T7. Ana Caldwell (GFW) – 105

9. Shaylee Schiller (CM) – 106

10. Lili Mohror (MVL) – 107

Boys’ Day 2 Team Scores

1. Springfield – 340

2. SEU – 344

3. Cathedral – 354

4. Cedar Mountain – 366

5. BLHS – 406

6. GFW – 417

7. Wabasso – 443

8. MVL – 492

Boys’ Day 2 Top Individual Scores

1. Mason Kretsch (SPF) – 75

2. Ethan Kirchberg (NUC) – 80

3. Logan Haala (NUC) – 82

4. Thor Weiss (SEU) – 83

5. Christopher Thram (SPF) – 85

T6. Mavrick Winkelmann (SPF) – 87

T6. Andrew Neid (SEU) – 87

T6. Toby Weiss (SEU) – 87

T6. Logan Netzke (SEU) – 87

10. Ethan Bock (CM) – 88