Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Golf: Biermann Grabs Share of Class 2 Medalist Lead; St. Joseph's in Position for Team Three-Peat

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Golf: Biermann Grabs Share of Class 2 Medalist Lead; St. Joseph's in Position for Team Three-Peat

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KANSAS CITY - Lafayette sophomore Brooke Biermann is used to chasing her yellow golf ball around in the snow all winter long.

So, the 33-degree temperatures Monday morning to start the opening round of the Class 2 girls golf state tournament were ideal.

"For me, it was nothing, I've played in a lot worse," Biermann said.

Biermann was more than comfortable in the winter-like elements as she carded a razor-sharp 1-under-par 71 to grab a share of the lead midway through the two-day affair at Swope Memorial Golf Course.

The ultra-steady Biermann is tied with defending champion Megan Propeck of Notre Dame de Sion -- also a sophomore -- heading into the final round, scheduled for Tuesday.

St. Joseph's junior Grace Aromando shot a 3-over 75 to sit in second place, four shots off the co-leaders.

Biermann refuses to put down her clubs, even for a few days. She plays year-round at the Country Club of St. Albans.

"People think I'm crazy, but it's something I want to do," Biermann said. "You need to practice, to work on your game, to get better."

Biermann traditionally hits a yellow golf ball to honor her grandfather, who supplied her with the unique color before passing away.

"That makes it easy to find when it snows," she said.

Biermann turned in her best work when the conditions were at their worst Monday. The start of play was delayed two hours because of frost on the course. Three holes into her round, Biermann drilled a 30-foot put for an eagle to move to 1 under.

While the other players were bundled up and trying to figure out the elements, Biermann calmly bolted to the early lead.

Her eagle came after a bogey on her second hole and set the tone for the rest of the day.

"That was big," she said. "I was 1 over and it picked me up and got me going."

Biermann was consistent the rest of way. Her 8-foot putt on the last hole just lipped out and kept her from claiming the outright lead. …

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