O’Fallon linksters improving quickly

The girls’ golf team is on track to have one of its best years in the history of the program.

The Lady Panthers finished third in both the regular season and the conference tournament. Junior Katie Milleville led the girls with a round of 87, good enough for fourth individually.

The biggest team ever to wear the O’Fallon blue and gold has progressed significantly since the start of the season. The varsity team finished with a match record of 13-3, while the JV team finished the year with seven victories. In the program’s first full-schedule JV season, the girls defeated everyone in the Southwestern Conference at least once.

“Several girls have shown tremendous improvement throughout the course of the season. I am really looking for a solid finish to this season, and have great expectations of the girls for next year,” Coach Chris Eddy said.

The girls competed Oct. 7 at Hickory Ridge in Carbondale in the regional tournament.

The boys’ golf team overcame a shaky start to the season to finish fifth in the conference.

The Panthers finished the season with a match record of 9-6. Senior Tyler Klingelhoefer and juniors Sam Summerlin and Stuart Mauch were the most consistent golfers.

One of the highlights of the year was placing third in the Carbondale Tournament on Sept. 19. Summerlin and sophomore Jon Hackmann both shot a 69 to lead the Panthers. Klingelhoefer and sophomore Kenny Conrad finished with rounds of 70. Mauch and senior Michael Bellina shot 71.

“We’ve had a decent season and had a lot of fun. It’s sad that the season is almost over, but we hope to finish strong and make sectionals,” Klingelhoefer said.

On Tuesday Oct. 6, the boys competed in its regional tournament at Clinton Hills Golf Course.

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