Before she left for the state golf tournament, Lafayette junior Brooke Biermann stopped at the hospital to see her coach, Katrina Clark. Clark just had a baby boy, whom she named Calloway Matthew Clark.
“I think I got some good mojo from her and I got to see baby Calloway before we left,” Biermann said.
The mojo worked. After the visit, Biermann then went on to capture the Class 2 state girls golf tournament championship at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club. Her two-day total of 143 led to her first state championship victory. Biermann had rounds of 74 and 69 to finish 1 under par, and was the only golfer to do so.
At first, Biermann trailed Notre Dame de Sion junior Megan Propeck, who won the last Class 2 titles, by three strokes after the first round.
“I’ve known her since I was like 10,” Biermann said about Propeck. “We always battle it out in tournaments. She’s a really good player. You have to respect that.”
Lafayette junior varsity coach Chris Lofgren said he was pleased with Biermann’s performance and thought a 74 in the first round was a good start for a tournament plagued by windy conditions and cold temperatures.
“I was very impressed with Brooke’s score and composure after a very difficult day of golf,” Lofgren said. “Brooke had a three-shot deficit after day one, but we knew conditions for Tuesday were predicted to be just as windy as Monday if not worse and the leaderboard could change very quickly after each hole played.”
That’s just what happened. The next say, Biermann started off with birdies on No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5. She also birdied No. 9 to finish her front nine with a 33.
After signing her scorecard and waiting for the final call, she finally found out she won. “I had a big smile on my face,” Biermann said. “I felt relief … After losing shots on the first day and trailing by three strokes, to come back and win, it feels just amazing.”
Biermann finished fourth and second in her first two trips to the Class 2 state tournament. Although Biermann has won many tournaments and has played in several big national events, she said winning her own state title is especially meaningful.
“It was one of my goals for my golf career,” Biermann said. “It’s good to check this one off my list. The past two years I was so close, but I didn’t win either time. Being a state champion is something I can say forever. It’s awesome. I just wish my team could have been there and played, too.”
Biermann is just the second state girls golf champion at Lafayette. Sandy Schwartz won medalist honors back in 1986.
Her family was there to witness her triumph. Biermann’s sister, Ashleigh, 14, was also in attendance.
“She’s my biggest fan,” Biermann said.
While Clark couldn’t be present for the victory, she was still pleased with her top player.
“She deserves this win and I know how much it means to her, her family and our program,”Clark said. “I couldn’t be prouder.”
Lofgren, who was with Biermann for the championship during Clark’s absence, said he was happy to be a part of scene.
“Brooke seemed calm and collected after the win,” Lofgren said. “I was extremely excited inside but tried to play it cool for respect of others and the game. Brooke is fantastic on and off the course. Brooke is respected by students and faculty and is a strong academic student, and her success on the course shows that she is a strong competitor and focused player.”
Biermann said she got a good reaction when she returned to school.
“My athletic director [Jonathan Sumner] is a really awesome guy,” Biermann said. “He keeps everyone on the loop. All the kids and teachers told me they were watching and were happy I won.”
Lofgren said he is ready if needed next year.
“I wonder if Coach Clark will have another baby around this time next year,” Lofgren said.
Clark said she is glad to have Biermann back for one more season. What was the first thing Biermann did after leaving Bolivar and before returning home.
“I stopped on the way home at about 10 o’clock at her house and she was home,” Biermann said of Clark. “I told her it didn’t feel right if I didn’t see her today. I wanted to give her a hug and say we did it.”