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Lady Panthers continue to roar and pick up hardware along the way

The Lady Panthers celebrate their victory at the Illinois/Missouri River Challenge.(Submitted Photo)

By Nick Miller

The Lady Panthers roared through the week by winning two tournaments and then helping the Illinois contingent to victory against their Missouri counterparts in the IL/MO River challenge. 

During the coed event on September 11, in which the Lady Panthers paired with a member of the boys team in a two-person scramble, O’Fallon score of 269 proved to be too much for the six team field. Taking full advantage of the format, the O’Fallon team of Brianna McMinn and Logan Lowery lapped the field by combining for a 12 under par score of 59 that beat their nearest competitors by six strokes. Chloe Davidson and Taylor Patterson (68) and Elizabeth Henken and Ethan Ourada (70) also broke Tamarack’s par of 71. Rounding out O’Fallon’s scoring were Kelly Short and Kyle Dismukes with a score of 72. 

“The girls and boys team really seemed to enjoy this event. The girls got a chance to showcase their talent to the boys. Briana and Logan shooting 59 is an incredible score. All six schools really enjoyed the tournament so I am sure this is something we will try again next year,” Coach Chris Eddy said.

Thursday found the Lady Panthers winning the Belleville East Invitational by 19 strokes at Yorktown. With tournament medalist Brianna McMinn leading the way with a superb individual score of one under 53, the Lady Panthers’ score of 230 was low among the 12 teams. Other top 10 individuals from O’Fallon were Sophie Koesterer (58), Elizabeth Henken (59), Kelly Short (61), and Chloe Davidson (62).  

The team shows off their first place trophy from the Belleville East Invitational at Yorktown. (Submitted Photo)

“Our girls played great today. To have five girls in the top seven is outstanding,” Eddy said of Thursday’s effort.

On Friday, against one of the toughest fields they have seen this year, the Lady Panthers combined with Pinckneyville, Alton-Marquette, and Edwardsville to beat the Missouri squad of St. Joseph’s, Francis Howell, Ursuline, and MICDS by 18 strokes at the Illinois/Missouri River Challenge. Earning top 15 individual medals, O’Fallon was led by Brianna McMinn and Kelly Short with respective scores of 82 and 84. 

“Our girls are continuing to work hard and improve which is going to be important during the final stretch of the season. Our depth continues to be our strength as we have different girls scoring for us every night,” Eddy said.

This week finds O’Fallon traveling to a tri-match at Oak Brook against conference foes Alton and Edwardsville prior to traveling to Lick Creek for the Pekin Invitational on Saturday.