O’Fallon seniors Sophie Laing and Cynthia Holten, two of the top players on the O’Fallon golf team, announced Wednesday that they have accepted scholarship offers to play collegiately beginning this August.
Laing will be playing at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. while Holten will attend Lincoln (Ill.) Junior College.
“I’m very happy for both of these young ladies. They have both done some great things the last couple of years and have helped our team achieve a lot of success,” Panthers coach Chris Eddy said. “They both love the game and I think its great that they will be able to pursue the game at the college level and enjoy it for the rest of their lives.”
Laing decided to play high school golf after being cut from the volleyball team as a freshman, averaging a 68.2 for nine holes in her first season as a Panther. As a senior, Laine averaged 42.8 per nine holes, was a first team All Southwestern Conference and first team Belleville News-Democrat All-Area selection.
Laing also placed fourth at the SWC Tournament and was eighth in both the IHSA Regional and Sectional Tournaments.
“I acutally didn’t start playing golf until I didn’t make the volleyball team my freshman year,” Laing said, smiling. “I remember I wasn’t very good that year but I kept working at it. I fell in love with the sport and now here I am. I’m going to play college golf. I’m proud. I’ve worked very hard for this.”
Laing will major in health science and hopes to be a physical therapist.
Holten, who will also play basketball at Lincoln College, is a three year member of the Panthers program and two-year varsity starter. Holten averaged 48.5 this past season and was a second team all-area and third team all-SWC selection.
“Lincoln is a smaller school which I liked and it’s far enough away from home (two hours) where I can come back when I want to. The coach was raeally nice and its just the kind of place where I think I’ll be happy,” Holten said. “I’m very tough on myself and I get upset when I don’t play as well as I should, but I just have to mcontin ue to concentrate and work hard. I’m very willing to do that.”
Holten plans on majoring in criminal justice and hopes to be an investigator or a police officer.