By PAUL LAMBERT
Had she won for basketball, Skyline High School’s Brooklyn Anderson would have swept Post Register Player of the Year honors in all three seasons of her senior year.
The Grizzlies’ standout will have to settle for two, however, winning Post Register Girls Soccer and Golf POY honors.
Anderson has signed to play golf at BYU, and one of the primary things she had going for her in the mind of Cougars coach Carrie Roberts was a focused athleticism.
” Brooklyn is an athlete … (and) that athleticism has transitioned into her golf game,” Roberts said in a news release. “She has tremendous upside for our program.”
Prior to taking her golf gear to Provo, Utah, Anderson earned medalist honors four times during her final prep season. She won the Madison Invitational (72), the All-City Meet (73), Idaho Falls Tri (41) and Blackfoot Invitational (38).
“Overall, I was pretty happy how the season ended up,” Anderson said. “It was really fun this year because of all the good competition in the district.”
Anderson said the best part of her game is hitting the ball off the tee, though she admits her short game is where she keeps her scores low.
“Short game is up to you,” she said. “In golf it’s more about dedication, and up to you whether you’re going to stay out there and practice. In soccer and basketball you can make up for things. In golf, you just have to learn from your mistakes.”
Anderson ‘s other two sports fall distinctly into the “team sports” category, complete with on-the-fly communication and direct reliance on teammates.
Golf falls more into the wrestling and singles tennis “individual” sport category. Except in golf, there is nothing you can do to defend or impede the opposition.
It’s just you against the course, or you against yourself.
“Golf is a unique challenge for a student athlete for those reasons,” Skyline coach Ty Shippen said. “That mental part of the game helps her in the other sports, and growing up playing golf has been an asset.”
Anderson ‘s assets now belong to the BYU golf team, a team that has finished in the top three in its conference in 21 of 31 seasons.
“I am so excited to go play for coach Roberts, and improve my game,” she said. “I still have a lot to learn, and I’m excited to go down there and focus on golf.”