A tough week of competition has proven one thing for sure for the O’Fallon Lady Panther golf team, they know how to win.
Coming off of their Goalby Invitational victory, the team kept things rolling into last week by defeating Belleville East last Tuesday on the front side at Tamarack (par 36). O’Fallon (176) topped East (193) by 17 strokes.
Sophomore Emily Marrs tied former teammate and current Truman State University golfer Sophie Laing’s school record with a 1-under par, 35. Fellow sophomore teammates Brooke Boatman (43) and Alyssa McMinn (47), as well as senior Natalie Fix (51) contributed to O’Fallons top 4 scores.
On Saturday, the team competed in the Alton-Marquette Blastoff against 13 other teams. Conference competition included Edwardsville, Alton, Collinsville, and Granite City. The stacked competition wasn’t enough to stop the Lady Panthers from coming out on top. With a score of 349, O’Fallon beat out second place Edwardsville (351) by 2 strokes.
Once again, Emily Marrs recorded the Panther’s top score. Her 73 was also enough to earn her a first place individual finish, and was 12 shots ahead of the second place finisher. Brooke Boatman finished 3rd place with a score of 86. Natalie Fix (94) and Alyssa McMinn (96) rounded out the Panther’s top four scorers.
Winning the Alton-Marquette Blastoff was a big personal victory for the Lady Panthers.
“The win at the Alton-Marquette Blastoff was extra special for a couple of reasons, it allowed our young group to see they can play with and beat any team on any given day,” said Coach Chris Eddy. “Edwardsville, Collinsville, and Granite City have very good teams this year and to be able to come out on top of those schools, along with many other schools, was an excellent accomplishment for our girls.”
The Panthers took back to the course again on Monday against Highland high school at the par 36 Highland Country Club. O’Fallon crushed the Highland team winning by 33 shots, 173-206. Leading the team on Monday were Boatman (40), Marrs (42), McMinn (45) and sophomore Savanah Schuhardt (46). For Schuhardt it was the first time she scored in the top four for OTHS.
“Our group, is only going to continue to gain confidence and experience as we continue our journey to another very successful season. With continued hard work, the sky is the limit for this group of girls and they are a true pleasure for our coaching staff to work with,” said Eddy.