Lafayette junior Brooke Biermann is going to the Class 2 girls state golf tournament for the third consecutive year.
Biermann won the Class 2 Sectional 2 meet at L.A. Nickell Golf Course in Columbia. Biermann took medalist honors with a 1-under 69.
It was her third consecutive sectional championship. That matches her three district championships.
Lafayette’s Jenna Loveless also competed but she did not advance to the state meet. She wound 31st overall with a 94.
Chris Lofgren, the Lafayette junior varsity coach, has taken over for head coach Katrina Clark, who is on maternity leave.
He said Biermann winning was not a surprise.
“Hard work gets the job done,” Lofgren said. “Brooke works hard on her game and conditioning to prepare to play her best. I am very pleased with Brooke’s results and we are looking forward to more great things to come. I am very privileged to be a part of this exceptional player’s game.”
Lofgren enjoyed working with the two girls.
“It was a great experience on a lovely day,” Lofgren said about coaching at the sectional. “We had two players advancing to sectionals and I was excited to follow and assist both players as needed.
“This is my second year as the JV golf coach and this was my first visit to sectionals for varsity players.’
He kept Clark up to date with what the Lancers were doing.
“I was sending frequent texts to coach Clark to give her updates on Jenna Loveless and Brooke Biermann,” Lofgren said.
L.A. Nickell provided the girls with a good test.
“(It was an) Ideal day that started off cool and became sunny and beautiful as the day progressed. Great day for golf,” Lofgren said. “The golf course was in great condition and well marked. The golf course staff did a fine job preparing the course.”
Lofgren liked what he saw from Biermann during her round.
“Brooke is a fantastic individual on and off the course,” Lofgren said. “Brooke hit a tremendous amount of consistent shots and Brooke manages her game very well if she gets into a less than ideal situation.
“I feel that Brooke’s preparation off the course allows her to enter the events with experience and calm.”
Biermann was second last year at state with a 143 at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City. She came in fourth as a freshman with a 145 at the Sedalia Country Club.
That experience from the past two years at state will help Biermann, Lofgren said.
“Results like that are very helpful,” Lofgren said. “Brooke has played very well in a lot of competitive tournaments. Brooke will be ready for the state competition.’
The two-day state tournament will be played Monday (Oct. 21) and Tuesday. It will be held at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club in Bolivar.
“She has some course knowledge of Silo Ridge and we look forward to learning more during the practice round,” Lofgren said.
The team scores at the sectional were: 1. Rock Bridge 327, 2. Francis Howell 342, 3. Helias 345, 4. Jefferson City 371, 5. Holt 377, 6. Marquette 378, 7. Timberland 384.
The local girl from the sectional who qualified for state is Marquette’s Peyton Cusick, who tied for fifth place with an 80.