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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

SECTION GOLF: Future is now, as MLAC’s Ott qualifies for state

Section 2A Finals

At the start of the season, Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey golf coach Chad Pedersen believed the Wolverine girls could be not only fielding a full team, but also be pretty competitive by season’s end.

The Wolverine girls proved him right on both fronts.

The Wolverine girls were able to advance to Monday’s finals of the Section 2A Tournament, played at North Links in Mankato, as a full team.

And by the end of the day Monday, one of the young Wolverine girls had earned her way to the Class A State Tournament.

Eighth-grader Nevaeh Ott compiled a two-day score of 205, which was good for section runner-up honors. She becomes just the third Wolverine to qualify for the state golf tournament, which will be played next week at Pebble Creek in Becker.

The Wolverine girls team finished with a two-day score of 1,011. Sleepy Eye United ran away with the team title, scoring a two-day total of 856.

Ott’s round was highlighted by scoring pars on the toughest two holes on the back nine — the par-five 13th and the par-four 17th. She started the day Monday with a 53 on the back nine, then turned around to shoot a 52 on the front. Combined with the 100 she shot in Thursday’s opening round, that gave her a 205 for the tournament.

Khya Boldt shot a two-day score of 245, including a 116 on Thursday and a 129 Monday. Amiyah Oakland finished with a 271, shooting a 125 Monday. And Danika Gohr finished with a 290, including a 136 in Thursday’s opening round.

For the Wolverine boys, after a stellar conference season, things came to a sudden halt in last Tuesday’s opening round of sections, with only senior Grant Oakland advancing to Monday’s finals.

Oakland shot an opening-day score of 90, then followed that up with a 91 to finish with a 181, good for 27th place.

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton won the boys team title.

Next games: Check for updates after each game.
MLAC: at Class A State Meet (Becker), June 11-12

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