There were many key contributors to Justin-Siena High School’s undefeated Vine Valley League women’s golf team. One of the most prominent was Brooklyn Blankenship from Vallejo.
The sophomore, who is the daughter of Jesse Bethel High Girls golf coach Dan Blankenship, grew up learning to play at Blue Rock Springs at the age of 9.
“I still live in Vallejo, but my family has always had this ‘Kids for Golf’ program. My dad would pick me up from school a lot and take me to practice at Blue Rock, ”Brooklyn said. “After a while I thought about trying the sport and it didn’t take long to see that I had talent for the sport. My passion for golf came soon after.
When Brooklyn was 11, she started competing regularly. It was then that his success in a Silverado Junior Pro tournament grabbed attention.
“One of their main pros, Tara Fox, recruited me to work with her,” Brooklyn said. “It gave me a lot of faith and confidence. It changed my mindset with the game.
Years later, that advice paid off, paving the way for second place in the league’s individual standings for the second year in a row. While the Braves won the tournament at Valley of the Moon Golf Club in Santa Rosa, Blankenship shot an 80 on the 18-hole course. Napa High’s Jazmin Bell was better with a 79.
“I thought I played well that day,” Brooklyn said. “I shot a 41 on the first nine, but did a little better on the back nine with a score of 39. Even though I finished second I’m happy with my score, although I know that I can improve myself. ”
Dan Blankenship was proud of his daughter that day.
“I feel like it was kind of the start for her,” said the Bethel coach. “I think that’s going to set the tone for the rest of her high school career and what she worked so hard for. She’s put herself in that position with all of her work.
That hard work will have to be put aside for a little while – the sophomore tore her ACL earlier this month while playing soccer for the Braves. Her sophomore season is over in football, but she hopes to be healthy and play on Ties again for her junior high school golf season.
“The second meds let me play again, I’m going to be there,” Brooklyn said with a laugh. “I’m going to take a course right away to work on my little game, that’s for sure. Can’t wait to be there again.