BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
A special 2016 season for OTHS Girls Golf came to an end over the weekend, as the Lady Panthers captured banner finish for the rising program.
O’Fallon finished in tenth place, capping what has been a remarkable year. The Panthers finished ahead of Normal community by ten strokes. They also bested 12th place St. Charles East by 14 points.
Wheaton Warrenville South would capture the team title, beating second place Barrington by a healthy seven strokes. Hinsdale Central and St. Charles North would finish third and fourth with [New Trier] Winnetka rounding out the top five.
Natalie Meinkoth would pace the Panthers with a two day score split of 78-79, good for 35th. Emily Marrs (39) would contribute a 76-82 split, while Alyssa McMinn (68) added an 81-86. Brooke Boatman (76) would be the only Panther to shoot a better score on Day Two, scoring an 89-81.
Freshman Briana McMinn would tie for 103rd, while Liz Boehning would finish in 110th.
Lincoln-Way Central sophomore Grace Curran would win the individual title by one stroke ahead of [Lisle] Benet Academy sophomore Lauren Beaudreau. Crystal Lake Central freshman Molly Lyne would finish third with Winnetka sophomore Penelope Tir placing fourth, tying with Galesburg’s Taylor Nesselroad.
The Panthers reached the Finals after placing second as a team in the Springfield Sectional, just three strokes behind first place Galesburg. Rival Edwardsville fell to fifth place and did not advance.
Juniors Alyssa McMinn and Natalie Meinkoth tied for fifth overall, both shooting an 81 on the afternoon. Fellow junior Emily Marrs would sneak into the top 10, just edging Galesburg’s Maitlyn Sanders.
Junior Liz Boehning would round out the OTHS top four, finishing tied for 30th overall with a 91 with Sacred Heart Griffin’s Emily Eades and Normal Community’s Abby Gray and Savannah Weyrauch.
The future remains bright for these O’Fallon girls, as the successes of 2016 can only help the team grow towards 2017, when the Panthers return their star-studded junior core to the links for one more exciting season together.