High school girls golf: OCS freshman Brooklyn Benn leads way with breakout year
EDMOND — Brooklyn Benn’s advantage is all too easy to point out.
She literally lives on a golf course.
While coaches love to say an athlete lives in the gym or on the field, Oklahoma Christian School’s star freshman golfer makes that idea ring true.
“It’s in my backyard,” Benn said.
Benn lives on famed Oak Tree National, a course she’s grown to love playing for the challenge. And it’s been hugely beneficial in a breakout season for the Saints as they prepare to open the Class 2A state tournament Wednesday morning at Guthrie’s Aqua Canyon for a second straight season.
Around the Oklahoma City metro will be five tournaments full of talent.
None have had quite the breakout Benn has. At one point, she won four straight tournaments, beating opponents from Class 2A up to Class 6A. Last week, she finished second in the regional tournament.
“What makes her different is the way she understands the game, understands different shots going into it,” OCS coach Steve Ray said. “She can play with confidence. It’s just a matter of executing.”
Benn couldn’t help but pick up the game.
Her father started playing in college. Her older brother, Boston, is a junior on OCS’ boys team. They often play late at Oak Tree, whether nine holes or just a few holes near their home.
“I just joined in it, I guess,” Brooklyn said.
And she’s dominated.
Benn has been a part of the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour. She’s won tournaments throughout middle school, catching the attention of Ray a few years ago.
As an eighth grader, she recruited some friends to join the team. They watched OCS make the state tournament for the first time as a team while the boys won a second straight title.
Now, the Saints have four freshmen, a sophomore and a junior on the girls team. Five will play Wednesday and Thursday. They all return next season.
“Eyebrows are starting to come up for both the boys and girls,” Ray said. “The boys have been dominating, but now the girls are starting to come around.
“We’re going to have a good next six or seven years. It should be fun.”
Benn will be a huge part of that. She is contender for a title already. Living on a course only helps.
“I don’t have anything to lose,” Benn said. “If it doesn’t go the way I want, then I have three more years to exceed my goals and do the best I can.”