Two tournament titles have given the Lafayette girls golf team the confidence it can accomplish something special this fall.
“They have been playing well,” Lancers coach Katrina Clark said. “Everyone has consistently been improving throughout the season. The big highlights of season as of late are the team wins at the Rockwood Summit Invitational and Lindbergh Invitational tournament. Brooke Biermann medaled at both of those.”
The expectations for the team going into Lindbergh meet were high, Clark said.
“I knew we had a chance to win,” Clark said. “We have such a strong top two in Brooke and Paige and we also have some depth and consistency in our whole team. Anika Pulumati has had two great rounds in the low 80s in both tournaments that really helped the team.”
The Lindbergh tourney was held at The Links at Dardenne. It’s a course Lafayette likes to play, Clark said.
“We have played the Links quite a bit and the girls seem to like it,” Clark said. “The course was in great shape and we had pretty good weather.”
Bierman, a freshman, was the medalist with a 1-under par 71.
“She played very well,” Clark said. “She was 3-under at the turn, so had a great start. She had a double on the back but recovered well and finished strong.”
It was her second time as a medalist in a tournaments. At the Rockwood Summit Invitational, Bierman scored a 74 in a shamble format.
The freshman has had an impact on the senior-laden team.
“She is a huge help to the team. So far her scores are right around par, so obviously that’s very helpful,” Clark said. “Her and Paige (Sanflippo) at the top have pushed us to a new level as a team.”
Sanflippo, a senior, tied for 10th with an 81 in the Lindbergh meet.
“She had a great front nine and struggled on the back,” Clark said. “She is happier with scores in the 70s but she still had lots of great things going in her round.”
Anika Pulumati tied for 13th with an 84. Alyssa Serafin tied for 35th with a 94 and Allison Harrell tied for 41st with a 96.
“They all played well,” Clark said about her three seniors. “They have continued to improve and have really helped the team. They are starting to realize how good they can be.”
Lafayette took first as a team with a score of 330 to win the 22-team tournament. That was a single stroke better than Cape Girardeau Notre Dame, last year’s Class 1 state champion.
“Absolutely, this was a big win,” Clark said. “They are a great team and it was a huge accomplishment to beat them.”
Her squad reacted in the modern way, Clark said.
“They were pretty excited! Their social media accounts had about 1,000 pictures each with the trophy after the round,” Clark said.
After a dual match Monday (Sept. 11) against Fox High at the Ballwin Golf Course, the Lancers will play Wednesday in the Farmington Match Play event.
“Hopefully we continue to improve,” Clark said. “I know the girls will continue working hard, so we will see what happens.”