Lady Panther Linksters continue to roll with more victories

The team celebrate their success at the Lady Panther Invitational on Friday. (Submitted Photo)

By Nick Miller

Only Mother Nature could slow down the Lady Panthers as they stormed to victories Wednesday and Friday prior to being rained out on Saturday. 

In Wednesday’s tri-match the Lady Panthers shot 162 to beat Edwardsville by six and Alton by 36. The Lady Panthers, led by Briana McMinn with an even par 36 on the front nine at Tamarack, also received solid scoring from Dylan Kirchoff- 41 Grace Meade- 42, Chloe Davidson- 43, and Maddie Vanderheyden- 43.

In Friday’s Lady Panther Invitational the O’Fallon Blue team bested 13 other teams with a team score of 326. Leading the way with a second place individual finish score of 76 was Briana McMinn.  

The Lady Panthers also got career best rounds from Sophie Koesterer, 81, finishing ninth place and Dylan Kirchoff, 82, finishing tenth place. Rounding out the top four scores was Elizabeth Henken’s 87. 

Displaying the depth for which the O’Fallon program is becoming known, the Lady Panthers Gold team earned seventh place and received scores of 89 from Grace Meade, 93 from Maddie Vanderheyden, 100 from Christina Favela, and 101 from Kaitlyn Marrs. 

“It was great to see so many solid scores from all of the girls today. Our tournament has a great field consisting of all conference schools and defending class A state champion Massac County. Our goal is to continue to improve each day and hope that we are playing our best golf during the conference tournament and the post season,” said Coach Chris Eddy.

Getting an unexpected day off Saturday from the remnants from Hurricane Gordon, the Lady Panthers return to action with the Metro East Co-Ed Challenge Tuesday, the Belleville East Invitational Thursday, and the Illinois Missouri River Challenge on Friday.