BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Girls Golf team is in the midst of a special season, and this week’s results provided more fuel to the brightly burning fire that is the 2016 campaign.
The Panthers, widely regarded as the region’s top squad, were again led by Alyssa McMinn and the rest of their core of junior stars. McMinn won the Alton Invitational with a three over par 72, shooting a 75 to pace the field.
McMinn was followed by teammate Brooke Boatman, who shot a 76, good for second overall. Emily Marrs would follow behind in a tie for third, scoring a 78 which would match the score put up by Edwardsville’s Addasyn Zeller.
Natalie Meinkoth would shoot an 81 on the afternoon, good for sixth place. The four Panthers in the top six was by far the best result for any team in the tournament, and it showed as O’Fallon won the meet by a healthy 36 strokes over second place Edwardsville.
The team 310 sets a new school record, beating the previous best of 324, set by these same ladies at the Mascoutah Invitational earlier this season.
“310 is an outstanding score for us as a team,” Head Coach Chris Eddy told the Weekly. “I have been very pleased with the work ethic and focus of our girls. Our team has certain goals in mind for this season and our girls are working extremely hard to make those goals a reality.”
The next big test for O’Fallon will be the Missouri-Illinois River Challenge on Saturday, which will feature the best golf talent from the Bi-State Area. The meet will be a great barometer for the Panthers to not only test their mettle against some of the Metro East’s toughest teams, but also the greater St. Louis area.
The Panthers will then head to Oakbrook Country Club to take on the Edwardsville Tigers in a road SWC meet on Monday.
“We have a very talented group of girls who have done everything asked of them from the coaching staff, and all of them are a true pleasure and honor to work with,” remarked Eddy.
It certainly feels as if this team is up to something special.