Athlete of the Week: Mikayla Brooks

Princeton High School sophomore Mikayla Brooks is the school’s top-rated golf player in 2012 and last week was named honorable mention all-conference in the Granite Ridge Conference. As a matter of fact, she was the top-rated golfer in the conference aside from five St. Cloud Cathedral golfers. She has played in eight conference meets to date and has a nine-hole average of 47.0.

Mikayla didn’t follow a traditional route to becoming a golf standout. She is following in the footsteps of her grandmother Donna Brooks, a two-time club champion at the Princeton Golf Course.

“My grandma plays golf all the time and I thought it would be cool to try it,” Mikayla said.

That was back when she was in fourth grade.

Now as a 10th grader, she is confident in saying that her decision to take up her grandma’s game was a good decision.

Mikayla got her start in golf by playing in a junior league in Zimmerman. As a seventh grader she joined the varsity team at Princeton High School and has become the girls team’s top golfer.

She credits her success to playing with a lot more patience.

“I try to do the best I can and lead the girls by example by trying my best at every meet,” Mikayla said.

Her goal for this season is to make the cut and advance to the second day at the section meet, which begins May 28. The section finals are May 31.