Sierra Brooks said two weeks ago at the South Atlantic Amateur that she hoped to make her college commitment by summer break. Turns out, she needed only until the end of January.
Brooks, 16, verbally committed to Wake Forest for the Class of 2016 on Saturday night. The Sorrento, Fla., resident chose the Demon Deacons after de-committing from Florida last November.
“Wake is just amazing,” Brooks told Golfweek on Sunday. “I just fell in love. It has everything that I’m looking for. It’s a place I feel like I can go as a person and a golfer.”
Brooks said she received a lot of interest after her de-commitment, and she recently took visits to Wake Forest, North Carolina and LSU. But in the end, Wake head coach Dianne Dailey, in her 27th season with the team, won over Brooks.
“I really connected with the coaches,” Brooks said.
Brooks is No. 33 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings and is fifth among Brentley Romine’s top 25 girls for the Class of 2016. Wake Forest enters the spring ranked at No. 10 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
With her college decision made, Brooks, who is coming off two big victories (The Sally and Polo Golf Junior Classic), is excited about being able to focus more on her golf. She’ll play the Annika Invitational in mid-February at Reunion (Fla.) Resort.
“It’s always a stressful decision,” Brooks said. “Now, having decided (on a school), that’s able to free you up on the golf course. … I’m excited.”