Tresa LaBoube, the head girls golf coach at Edwardsville High School for over a decade, is ending her career with another Southwestern Conference championship.
Kayla Weinacht shot a 9-over-par 80 and three Tigers teammates shot rounds of 82 or better as Edwardsville rolled to a 27-stroke win over O’Fallon on Tuesday at the Southwestern Conference Girls Golf Tournament at the Orchards.
Battling a much-improved O’Fallon squad all year long, the Tigers finished with a score of 325 to win the outright league championship. Edwardsville finished 6-0 in SWC dual matches.
In addition to the 80 shot by Weinacht, Edwardsville also got rounds of 81 from Addy Zeller and 82 from Sam Doak and Jessica Binkley. The Tigers captured the first four individual medals.
Second-place O’Fallon was led by Emily Marrs, who placed fifth with an 83. Alyssa McMinn was O’Fallon’s second player with an 84.
McMinn placed sixth individually and was followed by Colette Thro of Belleville East (85) and Brooke Boatman of O’Fallon (86). The top eight players earned all SWC recognition.
O’Fallon’s chances of earning a share of the SWC championship didn’t last long as three of its top players got off to tough starts.
“We’ve had trouble early in our rounds a few times this year and I don’t know how to explain it except that maybe it’s a combination of nerves and inexperience. We’re playing a lot of young girls in our lineup,” Panthers coach Chris Eddy said. “It’s a little disappointing because after the first few holes we play like we have a lot this year, which is pretty solid golf. Our second nine hole totals for three of our players were much better than the front nine.”
Rounding out the team scores were East at 369, Collinsville at 375, Granite City at 389, Alton at 418, and Belleville West at 440.