EUREKA — As a math teacher at Lafayette High, Katrina Clark should know better.
Clark, who is also the Lancers golf coach, thought she had planned out her upcoming pregnancy to perfection.
But somewhere along the line, something went wrong.
Clark is 10 days away from the due date of her second child. Her final appearance as coach of the team was Tuesday in the Class 2 District 3 Tournament at Crescent Farms Golf Course in Eureka.
From this day on, she's on baby watch.
Her swan song, at least for the time being, was a good one - thanks in part to junior standout Brooke Biermann.
Biermann fired a 3-under-par 69 to grab medalist honors in the 13-team, 65-player event.
Francis Howell grabbed the team crown with a four-play score of 350. Marquette placed second (361) followed by Lafayette (370).
The top two teams and the top 15 individuals not on a qualifying team advance to sectional play on Monday at L.A. Nikell Golf Course in Columbia.
Biermann, the reigning Post-Dispatch female Golfer of the Year, won her fifth district/sectional crown in as many tries. Those five post-season wins have come by a total of 26 shots.
Her performance brought a smile to the face of Clark, who had hoped to ride out of the rest of the season before giving birth.
She thought she had it all figured out. The baby was supposed to arrive right after the conclusion of the state tournament Oct. 22.
"I thought I had it planned, but it didn't work out that way," Clark said. "I'm a math teacher so you'd think I could count."
Clark says she is relaxed on the course, but has had to change her ways over the last few weeks. She usually likes to walk the course to watch her players, but lately she has been relegated to riding a cart.
Biermann and her teammates are also keeping a close eye on the obviously-due Clark whenever possible.
"I'm so sad she's not going to be at state," Biermann said. "But obviously, having a baby is more important."
Clark does not know the sex of the baby, but she has a pair of names picked out. Biermann has spent the last week trying to convince Clark that Brooke would be a perfect first name for a girl.
"She just says no, no matter how much I try," Biermann said.
Biermann is heading into her third post-season run in strong form. She recorded four birdies and one bogey on Tuesday in another in a series of consist rounds.
Most importantly, she is happy with a game, especially her putting. Biermann drilled a 20-footer for a birdie on No. 9 and also birdied the 16th and 17th.
"Putting is all practice and I've been working hard on it the last few days," Biermann said. "It's about getting a feel. Today, they were falling and it made me happy with my round."
Biermann has finished second and fourth in her last two state tournament appearances. She is focused on another serious run at the individual crown.
"I've been playing my round lately," she says. "That's all I can ask."
The Vikings are on the fast track to state for the second year in a row after a balanced performance on Tuesday. Junior Kylee Hormuth led the way with a 9-over-par 81. Senior Sydney Rogers placed sixth with an 85. Hannah Inchiostro (90) and Josie Brakensiek (94) also came up big.
"I am beyond proud, so ecstatic," said Hormuth, who helped the Vikings to a seventh-place finish at state last fall. "For as much we worked and how hard we worked, this is amazing."
Hormuth, who finished 29th at state as a freshman and 28th last season, recorded a pair of birdies. She chipped in from the fringe on hole No. 6 to kick-start the round.
Rogers has struggled at times during the regular season, but appears to be rounding into form at the perfect time.
"This team, we definitely have the potential to get to state," Rogers said. "We've all been shooting great. When one person is down, the rest of the team carries (them)."
Freshman Peyton Cusick paced the Mustangs with an 80. She fired a 37 on the front nine and trailed Biermann by only two strokes at the turn.
"Everything was working," Cusick said.