Brook Herbstreit is spending a lot of her summer golfing.
The Fenton varsity girls golfer who has been a member of each of the last two Metro League championship squads, has competed in 10 rounds of junior golf tournaments already this summer.
The two most memorable came at the College Fields tournament in Okemos on July 6 and 7.
Herbstreit carded an 85-84-169, winning the 36-hole junior girls tournament. She ended up winning the tournament relatively easily, beating Rochester’s Sophia Ubaydi’s 89-86-175 by six strokes. The event is part of the Calloway Junior Golf Tour. Herbstreit was pleased with her effort.
“It was a two-day tournament and the first day was so hot and humid it was unbelievable,” Herbstreit said. “The course isn’t that easy either. It’s pretty hard.”
Herbstreit began the tournament earning pars on six of the 18 holes. She was able to stay away from a really bad hole by recording either a par or a bogey on 17 of the holes on the 5,800-yard links-style course. Her first-round 85 gave her a three-stroke lead entering the second day. It was the first time Herbstreit entered the second day of a tournament as the leader in her career.
“I felt pretty good, and then I got to play with the girl in second, so I knew what I had to beat,” Herbstreit said.
Herbstreit earned pars on two of the first three holes, and then earned a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole. She had five double-bogeys during the round, but balanced those out with seven pars and two birdies. She capped the tournament by getting a birdie on the par-5 18th hole.
Herbstreit has had a couple of other strong tournament showings. She took fifth in an event at Hawk Hollow. The winner of that event was Fenton’s senior foreign exchange student Charlotte Cunaud. Cunaud spent the school year with Herbstreit’s family. Cunaud placed sixth at the state meet with a 36-hole score of 156.
“She taught me a lot. When we would go out and practice together, she’d show me stuff around the greens,” Herbstreit said. “She’d show me drills that would help me figure out distances and stuff like that.”
Herbstreit will be playing plenty more golf. Her goal is to shoot under an 80.
“She has really taken it upon herself to get in more tournaments,” Fenton varsity girls golf coach and Brook’s father Kurt Herbstreit said. “She’s seeing her scores drop compared to this time last year.”