Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Biermann Helps Lafayette to Sectional Crown

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Biermann Helps Lafayette to Sectional Crown

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WARRENTON * Grouping four high school seniors together with a lone freshman in any setting could have undesirable results for the precocious youngster.

Unless that ninth grader is the phenom of your team.

Lafayette freshman Brooke Biermann fired a 1-over-par 69 to win the individual title at the Class 2 Sectional 2 girls golf tournament Monday at Warrenton Golf Course and her four senior teammates also did their part to help the Lancers capture the team title.

"I feel like everything was pretty together," Biermann said. "I know what I need to work on to win state because that's my main goal. I have to do a lot of work on my chipping and putting. My irons are solid. I've just got to focus in on getting it closer and making more birdies."

Seniors Paige Sanfellippo (85), Alyssa Serafin (88), Anika Pulumati (95) and Allison Harrell (110) joined their fabulous freshman teammate in helping the Lancers to a team score of 337 in the quintet's penultimate golf tournament together.

They will all have one last hurrah together at the Class 2 tournament Oct. 9-10 at Sedalia Country Club.

"They've been awesome. They've been so welcoming," Biermann said. "I'm going to miss them so much. It's sort of sad, but no matter what, we're going to have fun. We've already talked about our reunion in a couple years. I've made so many memories with them just in the past two months."

The Lancers finished seven strokes ahead of Rock Bridge, which was the other state qualifying team from the sectional.

"If you would have told me a 337 at the beginning of the day, I would have thought that definitely would have been good enough because we had our practice round (Sunday) and it was playing really tough," Lafayette coach Katrina Clark said. "I thought if we could break 340 that would be really good. Having a 69 obviously really helps. And Alyssa Serafin, our No. 4, hasn't broken 90 in a stroke-play event this year, so to do it here is really impressive. …

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