BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
O’FALLON – The OTHS Boys Golf team is in the middle of about as good a year as you could hope to have, and this week, they made it even better. The Panthers moved to 10-0 on the season following their win over Civic Memorial ahead of this past weekend’s O’Fallon Panther Classic held at Tamarack Country Club.
The Panthers would roll to a win in this contest, led by senior superstar Logan Harris’ 36, which was the best score of the day. He was followed by teammates Matt Mannisi (38), Logan Lowery (40), and Taylor Patterson (41) atop the leaderboard.
OTHS would shoot 155 as a team, a full 35 strokes better than Civic Memorial’s 190.
Along with O’Fallon’s unblemished record, the Blue and Gold have also experienced some healthy tournament success. OTHS started the year by placing fifth overall out of 18 at the Alton Redbird Invite, followed by a win at the Goalby-Haas Invitational. The Panthers would follow that performance with a sixth place showing at the 20 team Quincy Invitational, before ripping off the program’s first ever win at the St. Clair County Invitational, an event dating back to the mid 90’s.
The Panthers are one of two remaining unbeaten squads in the Southwestern Conference. The Edwardsville Tigers also boasts a perfect record, and they loom large in O’Fallon’s upcoming schedule.
“If we can take care of business against Alton, and then come back to our home course and take on Edwardsville, we feel like we can put ourselves in a great position to bring home a conference championship,” Head Coach Kevin Kellerman told the Weekly.
After the conference season ends against Edwardsville, the Panthers will take place in the Conference Tournament, played this year at Belt Park. Beyond the Conference Tournament, the Panthers will advance to the IHSA Regional held in Quincy, a course O’Fallon is very familiar with.
If OTHS can be one of the top three teams at the Regional, they would advance to the IHSA Sectional held at Lick Creek Country Club in Pekin.
“We’re looking to first get out of the regional as a team. That’s the goal we got together and talked about,” Kellerman added. “Once we get to Pekin, then we just have to focus on playing well and maybe we can advance as a team or send a couple of guys to State. We’re excited to start the work to get there.”