Lafayette’s Brooke Biermann will be getting up early Monday in the 71st U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
Biermann, of Wildwood, is in the first group to tee off at 7 a.m. at SentryWorld in Sevens Point, Wis.
Playing with Biermann, who will be a junior this fall, are Angela (Yilin) Liu and Emily Duan on No. 1. She will play with them on Tuesday as well. They will tee off at 12:15 p.m. on No. 10.
Liu is a native of China but now lives in Irvine, Calif. Liu, 13, is the second youngest player in the field. She will turn 14 during the competition.
Duan will be a sophomore this fall at Stevenson (Ill.) High School. She finished fifth in Class 2A girls golf state finals last October.
Biermann has been playing well this spring and summer. She recently finished in a tie for 18th place in the 44th annual Junior Girls PGA Championship at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Connecticut.
She also reached the semifinals of the prestigious 93rd Women’s Western Amateur Junior Championship in Carmel, Ind.
The Junior Championship runs through Saturday.
Biermann qualified for the championship last month when she shot a 77 at the Quincy (Ill.) Country Club to win the qualifying tournament.
The field of 156 of the best female golfers under the age of 19 will begin their quest on Monday to become champion. Over the next two days, the competitors will play two rounds of stroke play to determine the 64 match-play qualifiers.
From there, the next champion will need to navigate herself through six matches, the last of which is a 36-hole marathon on Saturday.
The champion will have her name etched on the Glenna Collett Vare Trophy as well as earn an exemption into the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.
Erica Shepherd, 18, of Greenwood, Ind., is the only player in the field who has achieved the feat, having claimed the title two years ago at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Mo., earning a spot in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek.
Last year’s winner, Yealimi Noh, of Concord, Calif., was eligible to defend but chose to turn professional in February, and just two weeks ago tied for sixth in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic 101 miles to the east of SentryWorld.
The average age of the 156 competitors is 16.58. Biermann is 16.
Jasmine Koo, 13 years, 4 months, 29 days, of Cerritos, Calif., is the championship’s youngest competitor.
The championship’s oldest competitor is Emma Zhao, of Windermere, Fla. She is 18 years, 11 months and 17 days old as of July 22. There are 44 18-year-olds in the field.
Here is the field breakdown by age:
13: 2 players
14: 9 players
15: 17 players
16: 41 players
17: 44 players
18: 43 players
There are 14 countries represented in the championship: Argentina (1), Australia (2), Canada (2), Chinese Taipei (2), Colombia (3), Denmark (1), Hong Kong China (1), India (1), Mexico (5), the People’s Republic of China (9), the People’s Republic of Korea (3), Philippines (1), Peru (1), and the United States (125).
There are 31 states represented in the championship: Alabama (2), Arizona (4), California (25), Colorado (2), Connecticut (1), Delaware (1), Florida (16), Georgia (2), Hawaii (3), Illinois (8), Indiana (2), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1), Maryland (2), Michigan (2), Minnesota (3), Missouri (2), New Jersey (4), New York (1), North Carolina (6), North Dakota (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (4), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (4), Texas (12), Utah (1), Virginia (2), Washington (1) and Wisconsin (1).