Big Break Ireland Competitor
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
Current Residence: Spokane, Wash.
College: University of Notre Dame
Home Course: Manito Golf & Country Club
Profession: Golf Professional
Most golf professionals will tell you they come from golfing families. Brophy is no different, except that she was the only member of her family who did not like playing golf when they first took up the sport as a family when she was nine.
“My younger brother and older sisters loved playing golf with my parents growing up. I didn’t,” joked Brophy. “At first, it was my oldest sister, Katie, who proved to be the most talented golfer in the family. She improved from shooting a 106 in her first round in high school to a 66 her senior year. She really took it and ran with it right from the get go. But I didn’t like it initially.”
That all changed when she competed in her first tournament at age 12. She realized, compared to other 12-year-old girls, she had talent. The more tournaments she played, the more enjoyment she got out of the game. She also saw herself improving at a rapid rate, which fueled her passion and desire to excel at the sport.
“That is one of the reasons why I love golf so much, is that if you play well, you see it,” said Brophy. “If you play badly, you are able to critique yourself and get better. No matter what you shoot you can always get better. That’s why I love this game.”
It is the never-ending strive for perfection that keeps her coming back, which runs through the entire Brophy family.
Her oldest sister went on to play for the Fighting Irish at the University of Notre Dame and is currently the head coach at Georgetown University. Her second sister competed at Yale and captained the team for two years. While recruited by several schools to play golf, Annie’s younger brother decided not to play golf at the collegiate level, but found himself in South Bend, and was a walk-on for the Fighting Irish football team his freshman year.
Along with her brother and sisters, Brophy also was heavily recruited out of high school, and she followed in her father and oldest sister’s footsteps and enrolled at the University of Notre Dame. She recorded two wins during her collegiate career, including the 2008 Big East Conference Championship. She also recorded eight top-10 finishes for the Lady Irish, and by the time she graduated in May of 2010, she accumulated the third lowest overall scoring average in Notre Dame history. She also was heavily involved with the athletic department, serving as an officer for the Student Athlete Advisory Council and was recipient of the 2010 Rockne Scholar Student Athlete Award. Not bad for the little girl who initially did not like the game of golf.
In the era of YouTube and American Idol, where people can become famous overnight, Brophy gained some notoriety herself during her final round as a collegiate golfer. After two rounds at the NCAA Central Regional, Brophy and her team knew they would not be advancing to the Finals. In an effort to alleviate what was otherwise a sad situation, Brophy decided to play a practical joke and give birdies on every hole to the unofficial web site that tracks tournament scores. The internet media ultimately did not portray her in the best of light. She learned from it, quickly moved on and has her sights set forward on her goals as a professional golfer.
Following graduation in 2010, Brophy immediately turned professional and is playing a full schedule on the LPGA Futures Tour in 2011. On Big Break Ireland
, she says viewers will see the real Annie Brophy – “A girl who has got game and is ready to let the world know it.”
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