As we spotlight a new player each week we will provide an in depth look into her life on and off the course. This week be sure to read the buzz all about Brooke Pancake get to know her.
Alabama's Brooke Pancake named Amateur Athlete of the Year for 2012
Brooke Pancake won the Honda Award last year as the top women’s collegiate golfer. She was honored as female student-athlete of year by the Southeastern Conference. She made All-American and Academic All-American, and finished second individually at the NCAA championships.
The highlight, however, was a 5-foot putt on the 18th hole at the national championship tournament in Franklin, Tenn., that gave the University of Alabama its first women’s golf national championship. Read More>>
Pancake finishing where she started
When Brooke Pancake was 10 years old, her grandparents drove her up from Chattanooga on a Sunday afternoon to come to a week-long golf camp at Golf House Tennessee in Franklin.
“There were tears in our eyes when we left and she had tears in her eyes,” recalled Jim Eakin. “I told my wife, ‘I’m sure I’ll be back after her tomorrow.’
“But we didn’t come back until the next Sunday. When that happened, I knew golf had taken on her.” Read More>>
Keeping Her Eye on the Ball
Last Christmas was exceptional for Brooke Pancake on both ends of the spectrum. On one hand, she was unwrapping presents in a Staybridge Suites after a fire gutted her childhood home. On the other, she received word she would represent the United States on the Curtis Cup team — a highlight of her career.
“I was so honored,” recalls the 22-year-old national champion. “It was such a confidence booster and helped me determine to keep pursuing golf as a future.” While she held the best record of anyone on the American team, Pancake still says the call took her by surprise. Read More>>