Lafayette’s Brooke Biermann will compete with the best golfers in the nation in the upcoming Girls Junior PGA Championship.
The tournament will begins Monday (July 9) and runs through July 12 at Kearney Hills Golf Links in Lexington, Kentucky. It will be the 43rd edition of the event.
The tournament will be a 72-hole, stroke-play championship, with a cut after 36 holes to the low 70 plus ties. If there is a tie after 72 holes, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff.
Biermann, who will be a sophomore at Lafayette this fall, has been playing well this summer.
She finished second in the recent Gateway PGA Junior Golf Championship at Forest Hills Country Club. Sarah Bell, a recent Cape Girardeau Notre Dame graduate, won the tournament.
Bell, who lives in Jackson, shot a two-day score of 1-under 143. Biermann finished second with a 152.
Bell automatically advanced to the tournament in Kentucky. Biermann earned a trip to the tournament because of her play in other events.
“I won the first qualifier at the (Country Club at the) Legends and I came in second in this one at Forest Hills,” Biermann said. “These finishes gave me enough points to qualify for the tournament in Kentucky.”
It’s been a solid summer for Biermann. She finished fourth as a freshman in the Class 2 state tournament.
“So far, my summer has gone pretty well. I have had several good rounds,” Biermann said.
Her overall game is “pretty good.” She said she is “starting to putt better, which helps.”
Biermann has played in six events this summer.
She won the Gateway PGA at The Legends when she shot a two-day total of 148. She tied for first in the Midwest Junior Championship at the Finkbine Golf Club. She recorded rounds of 72-77-77 on the 5,944-yard course. Biermann also won the Gateway PGA at Crescent Farms with a 145
At the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur Qualifier at Purdue University’s Kampen Course, Biermann finished 10th overall with a 75. In the AJGA’s David Toms Foundation Jr. All-Star Tournament, Biermann ended up 14th on rounds of 76-73-79 to finished 10-over.
In the qualifying tournament at Forest Hills, Biermann said she liked playing the course.
“This was the first time I had ever played the Forest Hills,” Biermann said. “I love the course. It is very challenging and in great shape.”
Biermann shot identical rounds of 76-76. She was not entirely satisfied with her outing.
“I thought I played well, but I know I could have done much better,” Biermann said. “I feel like I left a couple shots out on the course both days. I made some really good up and downs to keep the round going.”
Biermann played in the PGA Junior Championship last summer when it was held at the Country Club at St. Albans. She did not make the cut. Biermann shot rounds of 84 and 76 for a 150.
“Last year was my first year playing in the PGA championship,” Biermann said. “It was a great experience. I played well in the past but I know I can do much better this year.”
She is glad to have another opportunity to play in it. She believes the experience she gained last year will be helpful to her.
“I am very excited,” Biermann said. “I feel much more prepared this year. My goal for this tournament is to make the cut and be in contention to win.”
After that, Biermann said more events lined up to play. She will be playing in an AJGA tournament in Eureka at the Legends Golf Course and another AJGA event in Minnesota.