Edgerton High senior has made courses her playground the past four seasons
EDGERTON Golf is considered a complex game.
Playing conditions, course layout and other nuances of the game tend to frustrate even the most skilled players.
Brooke Ferrell makes it look easy.
The Edgerton scnior is wrapping up a storied high school career. Ferrell won her third straight Rock Valley Conference title Monday. At the Parker Invitational last Saturday, Ferrell also won a third straight title on a Riverside track where she holds the course record with a 7-under par 64. A fourth straight trip to the WIAA Division 2 State Tournament is almost a given as Edgerton heads into postseason play next week.
It's a glowing resume, but one Ferrell said could be even better.
"I'm never satisfied, especially on the golf course," Ferrell said. "I know there are putts and shots that I've left out there."
The growth of Ferrell's game has been impressive. She played in the shadow of her older sister, Allyssa, her freshman season and admitted to having trouble, at times, taking the game seriously. Ferrell improved her stroke average from 80.1 in 2009 to 73.4 in 2010 and capped off a sensational sophomore season with a second-place finish in Division 2 at state. Her average dipped a bit last season (76.5), but a renewed focus on the game in the offseason brought the average down to a career-low 72.8 this season.
Edgerton coach Steve Zartman said Brooke's progression from a carefree freshman to a senior leader—both on and off the course—has fueled her success.
"It has been fun to watch Brooke's game mature," Zartman said. "That spectacular sophomore season was solely on ability, but now the mental part of her game has really improved.
"When Brooke gets it going, there isn't anybody better. She is playing with a ton of confidence right now, and in golf, that makes all the difference."
Brooke credits Allyssa, now a junior on the Michigan State University golf team, with providing the needed guidance. The sisters remain close and will be Big Ten rivals in the fall as Brooke takes her talents to the University of Wisconsin.
"Allyssa is a big part of who I am as a golfer and as a person," Brooke said. "She believed in me when I didn't believe in myself.
"She's the kind of sister that as competitive as we're against each other, if she had to choose, she would want me to win."
Despite numerous Division I college offers, Brooke chose to stay close to home and play at the UW for the simple reason that it is, close to home. Family means everything to her, along with a UW coaching staff that she greatly respects and a University Ridge course that when renovations are complete in 2013, will rival any collegiate course in the country.
"I love the University. I've had season football tickets for as long as I can remember and love going to the football games," Brooke said. "There's nothing like a Badger football game. Even Allyssa said the (home) games at Michigan State are nothing like they're at Wisconsin.
"And I'm very close to family and my parents (Brad and Leslie), so being a half hour away from home made the decision an easy one."
As easy as golf appears, at times, for Brooke Ferrell.
The Ferrell file
Person I admire most: Rickie Fowler.
Pregame routine: Never drink or eat anything right before.
Best sports memory: Winning the Parker Invitational golf title three years in a row.
Significance of uniform number: Have worn No. 5 in basketball since third grade.
TV show I never miss: "The Bachelorette."
Favorite food: Strawberries with fruit dip.
Favorite pastime: Hanging out with family and friends.
Favorite movie: "The Notebook."
Most prized possession: Necklaces given to me by my grandmothers.
In 10 years, I'll be: Golfing or a golf commentator.
An unusual thing the average person wouldn't know about me: I'm not a very nice person on the golf course if I'm not playing well. I'm very intense.
Dream job: Golf commentator on ESPN or the Golf Channel.
If I could have one super power, it would be: To be invisible.
If I could play any other sport, it would be: Hockey.
Favorite all-stime player: Michael Jordan.
If I could have dinner with one famous person, it would be: Justin Bieber.
CD I never get tired of listening to: Beyonce.