O'Fallon seniors make their college choice

News-DemocratMay 6, 2013 

— Instrumental in making the O'Fallon Panthers a force in the Southwestern Conference the past three years, seniors Alexa Boatman and Clare Munie are ready for the next phase of their lives -- both on and off the golf course.

Owner of the third lowest 9-hole scoring average in school history (41), Boatman announced last week that she will attend and play collegiate golf at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, while Munie will attend Truman State University in Kirskville, Mo. Both Boatman and Munie will begin their college careers in the 2013-14 season and both will be in the same conference -- the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

"Both Alexa and Clare had excellent high school careers and were a big part of the success we've achieved the last three years here. They will be missed,'' O'Fallon coach Chris Eddy said. "I know they were disappointed by not getting to the state tournament this year after making it as juniors, but they were both very consistent players. I knew I was going to get a good score from them each time out.

With Boatman and Munie both playing key roles, the Panthers won six tournaments during the past three years including the 2010 SWC title and back-to-back Class 2A Regional titles in 2011 and 2012.

"I'm very pleased at how I played and what we were able to accomplish as a time this season,'' Boatman said. "I worked hard on my game over the summer and played a lot of tournament golf hoping I would have a good year.

"I'm excited about future. Central Missouri State has a young program and the opportunity for me to play right away is there. I wanted to get away from home, but not too far. It's four hours away. That's great.''

Boatman, who owns four O'Fallon tournament records, placed second four times this season -- including the Goalby/Haas Invitational and at the Class 2A Regional where she shot an 82.

Munie averaged two strokes higher then Boatman -- carrying a mark of 43 for 9 holes -- but also enjoyed a season full of top 10 tournament finishes. Medalist in two matches this season, Munie tied Boatman for second at the Goalby/Haas Invitational with a 41 and placed fourth at the regional where she shot an 83.

"I'm pleased. It was a good year,'' Munie said. "This was a fun season because we were much closer as a team and I feel like I've improved from where I was the first couple of years. I'm good with my irons, but I know I've got to continue to work on my short game and off the tee. Coach (Eddy) made it fun. We worked hard and he helped all of us on the team with our games."

Contact reporter Dean Criddle at 239-2661 or dcriddle@bnd.com

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