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Lafayette’s Biermann secures spot in 71st U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship

By: Warren Mayes


Brooke Biermann was the medalist in the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association’s in a junior amateur qualifier played Tuesday at at the Quincy Country Club.

Lafayette’s Brooke Biermann scored another first in her golf career.

Biermann, who will be a junior this fall for the Lancers, continues to impress. She has earned a berth in 71st U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship.

The 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur, featuring a field of 156 players, will be played July 22-27 at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. It will be her first appearance in the big tournament.

Biermann won her spot by being the medalist in the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association’s junior amateur qualifier played Tuesday at at the Quincy Country Club. Biermann was the only competitor to break 80 with a 6-over par 77 in the tournament.

Biermann has been an alternate on a couple occasions but now adds a USGA Championship to her already impressive resume.

Last fall, Biermann finished second in the Class 2 state golf tournament. Last week, Biermann reached the semifinals in the 93rd Women’s Western Amateur Junior Championship in Carmel, Ind. She lost in 20 holes to the eventual champion.

Coming up next for Biermann will be the Girls Junior PGA Championship. It will be held July 9-12 in Hartford, Conn.

Quincy Country Club was, as always, a stern test for the 17 girls to tee it up in the qualifier. While the yardage of Quincy always gets reactions to its playability, the putting greens and condition of the Illinois gem far exceeds players expectations. Perfect playing conditions, mixed with a very swirling wind on Tuesday led to a difficult test.

Lucy Bloomstran would earn the second qualifying spot on Tuesday. Bloomstran, who graduated this spring from John Burroughs, survived a four-hole playoff with Nicole Rallo, who will be a junior at St. Joseph’s Academy this fall, to earn a spot in the USGA championship.

A total of 35 boys also teed it up at Quincy in hopes of grabbing one spot to the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur. Alex Gentry, of Jefferson City, and Yu-Ta Tsai, of Taipei, shot 1-over par 72 to force a playoff for the lone spot. Tsai has signed to play at University of Missouri this upcoming season. Gentry and Tsai would go to the 300-yard opening hole and Gentry would make a par, while Tsai a bogey to earn the spot.

The top local golfer was Pete Weaver, who will be a senior this fall at Priory. Weaver finished fourth with a 74. Weaver finished tied for 25th at the Class 3 state tournament earlier this spring.

The 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be played at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio July 15-20.

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