BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
O’FALLON – OTHS Girls Golf Head Coach Chris Eddy made sure that he gave his team plenty of opportunities in tournament play to get ready for the postseason. The Panthers made sure they took advantage of each one.
O’Fallon finished regular season tournament play with three tourney wins, capping what has been a memorable season on the links for the Panthers.
The Blue and Gold opened up the week with their eighth tournament crown of the year, taking the Southwestern Conference Tournament title by 27 strokes over second place Edwardsville.
The Panthers’ score of 314 was more than enough on a windy fall day as O’Fallon’s great depth once again paid dividends.
“Anytime you can have four scores at 80 or better you are going to be successful,” Eddy told the Weekly. “I am very pleased with our performance and the progress our girls have been making throughout the season.”
OTHS faced its next test up north at the Edwardsville Invitational, where the Panthers clinched their ninth tournament crown, setting another school record in the process. The team scored a 304 on the day, marking the third time this season where the girls have broken the previous team record of 330.
The final tune up before IHSA tournament competition was an opportunity for the Panthers to host some of the region’s top golf talent at the O’Fallon Invite. The podium featured a heavy O’Fallon presence, as four of the top five golfers at the meet wore the Blue and Gold.
O’Fallon now focuses its attention on the IHSA Regional on Wednesday at Oakbrook Country Club, to be followed by Sectional play at Illini Country Club in Springfield on October 11.
Coach Eddy said his charges are ready for the challenge ahead.
“We loaded our schedule with 11 tournaments this season to help us prepare for the postseason. Unfortunately, due to weather, we only got to play in ten of them,” Eddy said. “On the positive side, we won all ten tournaments in which we competed in, and I am hopeful the experience will pay off in the postseason.”