A former Brazil resident is basking in the glow of his young daughter's exceptional athletic talent.
Eleven-year-old Brooke Dalton has pulled off a recent string of impressive victories in various youth golf leagues throughout the state of Florida. Most impressed has been Brooke's father Tom.
Tom, who moved his family to Port Richey, Florida after retiring from the Air Line Pilots Association in 1999, graduated from Brazil High School in 1956.
In his days as a Red Devil, Dalton was a three-sport athlete playing both basketball, football and running track. Dalton expressed great pride in his daughter's ability."(Brooke) has been blessed with a natural golf swing," Tom said. "She's just got great natural ability."
Brooke's introduction to the game came at the age of two, when her father bought her a set of plastic clubs to bang around with in the back yard. When she reached the age of seven, she was given tutelage by select golf pros, who discovered, to their amazement, that she was able to succeed without needing any fundamental training.
Brooke has also competed in numerous tournaments around Florida. A major accomplishment came this summer, when she was undefeated in a summer league for golfers under age 18, the North Suncoast Junior Golf Association (NSJGA).
She is currently competing in the Greater Tampa Bay Junior Golf Association, a local winter league.
Brooke's love for athletic competition is not limited to golf, however. She said she also enjoys playing basketball and soccer as well as Cheerleading.
She also excels in the classroom, currently pulling a straight-A average.
Soft-spoken Brooke said math was her best subject saying she was "very good" at it. While she enjoys various other activities, young Dalton said that golf is her most beloved activity and that she hopes that she will be able to compete at a high level against tougher levels of competition well after she gets out of school.
"I want to play professional golf," she said. "I would like that very much."
One thing that seems clear is that as she ages, the young Dalton will leave her father in the dust on the golf course. The two had just completed a match in which Brooke was victorious by six shots. Tom Dalton said that he was unable to recall the last time he was able to beat his daughter head-to-head. But regardless of how far she goes, Dalton said that his daughter was an upstanding person that would be easy to root for in any of life's capacities. "(Me and her mother) are really proud of her," Tom said. "She is an all around pleasant person and she will be successful in whatever she chooses to do."