After a couple weeks to look back on the Class 1 state golf meet meet in Nixa, Brookfield qualifiers -- senior Laken Sattman and junior Demi Downey -- said that this season was a good run.
For the first time since Sattman's freshman year, Brookfield qualified for the sectional meet as a team. Advancing out of the sectional individually, Sattman finished 32nd and Downey finished 43rd out of 90 participants at state. They shot respective two-day scores of 201 and 214.
Downey said that the atmosphere and course in Nixa were a far cry from what had been the norm throughout the course of the season.
"We played from the championship tees, and so that made the course extremely long and the course is already difficult," Downey said. "Bermuda grass made the course really fast, and we definitely weren't used to that. It's a different environment, because everyone is super serious and no one talks to each other."
The two improved on their rankings from last season. Sattman finished 49th at the state meet in 2018, and Downey was 61st. The former also finished 49th as a sophomore.
Sattman said that, now that her high school career is over, she's looking ahead and weighing options for a potential collegiate career.
"It's a little sad, because it's something that I've done my entire life, and leaving these girls behind is going to be tough," Sattman said. "I'm thinking about playing at Northwest, and I've also gotten scholarship offers from Culver-Stockton and Peru State."
Sattman said the program will be in good hands in Downey's senior season next year.
Even with such a young team, the two felt like making a push beyond the sectional meet was not unrealistic. Brookfield was 10 strokes behind Kirksville at the sectional meet, and although a team trip to Nixa was improbable, it could have been done with a complete performance.
"If the two of us would have played a little better at the sectional meet, it would have given some of our other girls a little more wiggle room to play their game," Downey said. "We knew that we could have advanced out of the sectional as a team, but we would have had to play perfect."
"We have some girls with potential, but a lot of them haven't played a lot of golf," Sattman added. "We need some of those girls to step up and refine their game a little bit, and they'll be back."