BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
With a pair of impressive individual performances to lead her team to a couple big opening season wins, OTHS junior Alyssa McMinn finds herself as the O’Fallon Weekly Athlete of the Week.
The golfer posted team best scores in each of their competitions over the past week in helping the Panthers win both the Goalby-Haas Invitational and the Mascoutah Invitational. McMinn posted the lowest score on Thursday, when she won at St. Clair Country Club by a dominating 7 strokes. She would follow that performance with a strong showing at The Hills of McKendree when she tied for 2nd.
“On Thursday at Goalby-Haas, I focused on one shot at a time. I was very pleased with my results,” McMinn said of her medal-winning performance. “On Saturday at the [Mascoutah Invitational], I knew good teams were going to attend and we needed to play our best. I struggled wit putting and had a few three putts. Based on that, I was pleased with the 79.”
McMinn’s early performances have come as a result of experience gained from a run to the State Finals last season, as well as from a lot of work put in during the recent off season.
The junior is part of the core of golfers expected to lead O’Fallon Girls Golf to one of the better seasons in program history, as they try to build on the success of last year’s playoff run. But early performances like McMinn’s can only help to build confidence for when it matters most this fall.
“I’ve felt more confident lately, but with that has come a lot of pressure to perform for my teammates. But because I’m involved with other sports I’m able to block a lot of that out,” said McMinn, who is also expected to be a contributing member to the Girls Soccer team in the Spring.
The junior is optimistic heading into the new season, especially after the team’s hot start. But a lot of that confidence comes from the chemistry with her teammates and their winning experience.
“I am very positive going into this year’s season and I feel our team becomes stronger after each practice, match, and tournament,” McMinn told the Weekly. “Because of how last year went and the work we put in, I feel we can go to State this year and be a contender.”
Alyssa is the daughter of Lonnie and Lori McMinn. Alyssa’s sister Briana is also on the team.