High School Sports

O’Fallon sets new mark at Alton Golf Invitational

It was a little over two weeks ago when the O’Fallon girls golf team set a new school record with a (four person) score of 324 as they waltzed away from the field to win the Mascoutah Invitational.

That record didn’t last long.

One of four juniors in the Panthers top six players, Alyssa McMinn tallied a 3-over par 75 and three teammates also broke 82 as O’Fallon set a new school record with a score of 310 as they breezed to the team title at the Alton Invitational on Saturday at the Woodlands Golf Course.

The win is the fourth of the year for O’Fallon which finished 16th in the Class 2A State Tournament a year ago and look to be a much improved team this season. It is also a team with very precise goals according to coach Chris Eddy

“I have been very pleased with the work ethic and focus of our girls. Our team has certain goals in mind for this season and the girls are working extremely hard to make those goals a reality,” Eddy said. “Our coaching staff is very proud of what our team has accomplished so far, but the girls know we can continue to improve.”

The win is also the second of the season for McMinn, who opened the season by taking medalist honors at the Goalby-Haas Invitational which was held at St. Clair Country Club in Belleville.

In addition to the 75 by McMinn, O’Fallon also got rounds of 76 from Brooke Boatman, 78 from Emily Marrs and 81 from Natalie Meinkoth. The Panthers score was 36 strokes lower than another perennial state power in Edwardsville. The Tigers placed second with a 346 score.

Collinsville (394), Belleville East (396) and Alton (397) rounded out the top five teams.

O’Fallon’s “Fab 4”

But as has been the case for much of the season it was the Panthers top four of McMinn, Boatman, Marrs and Meinkoth who were the story.

“Alyssa has been a pair of wins and two second place finishes and so she’s been excellent all year,’’ Eddy said. “Brooke (Boatman) is an excellent ball striker and as her putting continues to improve, she will continue to shoot very solid scores. Emily Marrs added a 78 which is another solid score. Emily is capable of playing very good golf and potentially shooting lower scores. Natalie Meinkoth shot 81 to cap out our top 4 scores. Natalie has been a solid addition to our program. Her highlight was winning the Alton-Marquette Blastoff earlier in the season.

“Any time you can have the entire SWC at an event plus two schools and you finish 1st as a team while having four girls finish in the top six is a great accomplishment,’’

Second place Edwardsville got rounds of 78 from Addasyn Zeller and 80 from Kayla Weinacht, while Clara Taake of Columbia (85), Alaynnah O’Leary of Collinsville and Bre Haas of Belleville East shot 88.