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Clobes ties up Tomahawk girls’ golf race, Erickson jumps ahead in boys’ race

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Nadine Clobes tees off during the second leg of the Tomahawk Conference Golf Tournament on Tuesday at the New Ulm Country Club. Clobes took first for the girls on Tuesday.

NEW ULM — After New Ulm Cathedral’s Kayla Goblirsch had a dominant performance in the first leg of the Tomahawk Conference Golf Tournament last Wednesday, the second leg of the tournament showed another contender creep up to tie her in the race for the title.

That contender was Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Nadine Clobes.

Clobes finished first for the girls on Thursday at the New Ulm Country Club, shooting a 16-over-par 87. Goblirsch followed Clobes up with an 89 for second.

Both golfers now sit tied for first after two legs with 40 points. The third leg for the girls will take place on May 10.

“My iron shots were super solid today,” Clobes said. “I was hitting my irons really well. And even when I had a shot that didn’t go exactly how I planned it to go, I tried to find a positive thing in that shot because it helped my mental game. And I would say today, I had a very good mental game. My mental toughness was there today.”

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau New Ulm Cathedral’s Kayla Goblirsch golfs during Tuesday’s second leg of the Tomahawk Conference Golf Tournament at the New Ulm Country Club.

After early morning thunderstorms stopped, the second leg started on time, with the only elements to battle being cool temperatures and the wind. The afternoon brought back more rain, thunderstorms and two delays, however, not making things any easier on golfers finishing their final nine holes.

“Personally I wasn’t very excited about them,” Clobes said of the delays. “Because it’s hard to just kind of stop after you have a good hole or when you want to keep going. So it was kind of upsetting that we had two different rain delays. But I told myself that I just have to get back to playing the game and keep pushing forward.”

Clobes also said she hopes to improve her putting for the final leg of the tournament.

Taking third for the girls on Tuesday was Sleepy Eye United’s Liz Schwint (104), while Cedar Mountain’s Morgan Engholm took fourth (106) and MVL’s Abbie Riederer took fifth (109).

The MVL girls finished first on Tuesday (431), while Cedar Mountain took second (518). All other girls’ teams were incomplete.

For the boys’ side of the tournament on Tuesday, SEU’s Carson Erickson had a strong game, shooting a 76 to finish first and put himself ahead of Springfield’s Mavrick Winkelmann in points after two legs. Winkelmann finished first last Wednesday and fourth on Tuesday with an 81.

SEU also had Toby Weiss take second on Tuesday with a 78, while New Ulm Cathedral’s Logan Haala took third (80) and Springfield’s Christopher Thram took fifth (82).

After finishing first as a team last Wednesday, the SEU boys finished first overall again on Tuesday, this time with a 337 on Tuesday. Springfield finished second with a 373, while New Ulm Cathedral took third with a 388.

The SEU boys bring 16 points total into the final leg of the tournament, while Springfield brings 14 and Cathedral brings 12.

All points will be worth double for both the boys and girls on May 10, making the final leg all the more important.

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