Steady, solid and — at times — scintillating characterize the 2016 golf season for O’Fallon Township High School junior Natalie Meinkoth. As an integral part of the Lady Panthers’ record-setting squad, Meinkoth completed the campaign with the third best tournament scoring average ever posted for an O’Fallon High female golfer.
The junior golfer, the daughter of Jennifer and Eric Meinkoth, won individual championships at the Alton Marquette Blast-Off and the Belleville East Invitational. Outstanding scores improved down the stretch as she tied for individual medalist at the Southwestern Conference tournament and carded the best rounds ever produced by an OTHS golfer in the Illinois High School Association state finals, a 78 and 79.
“Natalie had an outstanding season,” said O’Fallon High coach Chris Eddy. “She obviously loves the game of golf and has a desire and passion to continue to improve. She is very coachable and continues to work on every part of her game. Her work ethic helped her achieve the successes she had this year. Her attitude certainly aided in making her teammates work harder and improve their own games.”
“I started playing golf in the seventh grade competitively and have continued to play because I love the sport and the people I play with,” the 16-year old standout said. “I have had the privilege of working with a lot of great coaches and playing against some very good players who have pushed me to work harder and keep improving.”
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“I had always played sports growing up, but I stuck with golf because it teaches you patience,” Meinkoth added. “Golf is an individual sport, so I have learned to take responsibility for my actions because at the end of the day only you are responsible for your score or result.”