Althoff boys golf team takes title at O'Fallon Classic

News-DemocratSeptember 21, 2013 

— All things considered, it's been a pretty good week for the two-time defending Class 2A state champion Althoff boys golf team.

One day after nipping perennial Class 3A state power Edwardsville by a stroke, the Crusaders got solid rounds from Michael Johnson and Matthew McCarthy on Friday and went on to win the O'Fallon Panthers Classic at Tamarack Country Club.

Winding down a solid high school career, Johnson led the way for Althoff with a 4-over-par 75, while McCarthy added a 76. The Crusaders finished with a score of 311, three shots better than Triad and Highland (314).

The victory comes at a time when Althoff appears ready to make its final push heading into the postseason, which begins in just over two weeks.

"We played well on Thursday, when we beat Edwardsville on its home course (Oak Brook), and I thought that we played well again today,'' Althoff coach Dan Polites said. "To shoot 311 in the rain is a pretty good effort. Right now, we're just trying to get some momentum heading into the playoffs.''

Also playing well on a wet Tamarack Country Club layout was Highland's Brock Portell, who took medalist honors with an even-par 71.

Keenai Sampson, of Collinsville, and Austin Buente, of Triad, both shot 72, while Johnson and McCarthy rounded out the top five players.

Portell played solid golf despite far less than perfect conditions.

"It was tough, especially in the middle of the round,'' Portell said. "I had two birdies, two bogeys and 14 pars. I just tried to hit fairways and greens. It was a very consistent round."

Centralia and Alton rounded out the top five teams, both finishing with totals of 320.

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