O'Fallon: Sports

Athlete of the Week: Boatman tears up links this fall

Sophomore Brooke Boatman helped lead the OTHS girls golf team to the state tournament this fall.
Sophomore Brooke Boatman helped lead the OTHS girls golf team to the state tournament this fall. Garen Vartanian

OTHS golf standout Brooke Boatman enjoyed a breakthrough sophomore campaign this fall.

Of note, Boatman, 15, placed second at the Goalby/Hass Invitational and first at the Alton Invitational. Overall, she helped the Panthers win two tournaments and place second in numerous other tournaments.

In addition, Boatman had the second lowest scoring average on the team and scored for O’Fallon in all 21 competitions. To that end, Boatman’s contributions helped lead OTHS to the state tournament for the first time in school history.

Overall, Boatman, the daughter of Dan and Patty Boatman, finished ninth all-time in OTHS history in 9-hole scoring average and 10th all time in 18-hole tournament scoring average.

“Brooke had an outstanding season for us,” Panthers coach Chris Eddy said. “Brooke scored for the team in all 20 competitions in which she played. Brooke has one of the best swings in the conference and has the capability to compete as one of the best players in the conference. Brooke’s No. 1 strength is her ball striking. She finished having an excellent season.

“Brooke is a self driven person with high expectations. She excels in the classroom as well as on the golf course. Brooke is involved in numerous extracurricular activities.”

Boatman said she began playing golf in the summer of eighth grade.

“I participated in golf because mostly everyone in my family plays,” Boatman said. “My dad and sister have both helped me a lot with my whole golf game. I’ve become successful in golf because of the support of my coach and family.

“Golf has influenced me to work harder in everyday activities.”

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