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Another productive year for CV's Davis
Central Valley High School's Brooke Davis has enjoyed a rapid rise to stardom.

"I don't know of anybody who's had that much success in that short a period of time," said Mike Holliday, head coach of the girls golf program. "It's pretty rare. She's learned it much faster than I did."

Davis' resume includes two trips to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Playoffs. She also made the All-Valley Oak League Team twice and garnered academic conference honors once.

"I'm really shocked," said Brooke, a second-year golfer who took up the sport for fun while being home-schooled as a sophomore. "I didn't think I'd make it this far. It's been fun."

Davis locked up a spot on the VOL first team as a senior thanks to her stellar play during the regular season and at the conference tournament. She earned second-team accolades as a junior.

"My goal was to make first team and have fun this year," said Brooke, the league's sixth-best player. "I didn't care about anything else."

Davis fired a 31-over-par 103 en route to a ninth-place finish at the league championships on Oct. 15 at Brookside Country Club. She relished the opportunity to play alongside VOL MVP Julie Shutler (Sierra), and first-teamers Krysta Clark and Ellen Parker of East Union. Clark and Parker led the Lancers to the VOL regular season and tournament crowns.

"It was pretty cool," Brooke said. "The pressure was off because I wasn't in competition with them. But with the girls below us."

Davis didn't get much sleep leading up to the VOL competition. She struggled with her short game and putting.

"She would have done better if she didn't have the flu," Holliday said.

"I wasn't pleased," Davis said. "I made stupid little mistakes. I would have done better if I had more practice time."

Brooke capped her final season with a 36-over-par 109 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament on Oct. 22 at the Diamond Oaks Golf Course in Roseville. She finished 18th in a field of 47. The top team and top three individuals not on that team advanced to the Masters tournament.

"She performed right where I expected her to this year," Holliday said. "She was real steady. She met all the goals she set."

Davis' life revolved around golf, band and choir this fall. She attended after-school practices for all three extra-curricular activities. With that said, Brooke still managed to shine in the classroom. She maintained a 3.5 grade point average.

"I enjoy the other things but golf is what I have my mind set on," Davis said. "If I had my way, I'd be out here all the time. But my parents won't let me."

A softball player until the age of 12, Brooke decided to give golf a try when her best friend convinced her to.

Emily Szabo, a senior at Turlock High, led the Bulldogs to Central California Conference regular season and tournament titles this year. She was also low medalist at the league championships.

"I've always been a competitive person," Davis said.

When Brooke graduates from Central Valley in June, she'll leave as the school's all-time greatest golfer.

"I think it's pretty neat," Davis said. "But I want to see other girls break my records."

Brooke plans to play for the Modesto Junior College women's golf team in 2008. She wants to pursue a career in radiation therapy.

"Her attitude, work ethic and natural ability will get her places," Holliday said.