Same Roots, Different Trees
By Brynn Walker
February 4th, 2021
So here I am in the sunshine state of Florida. Surrounded by white walls in a new apartment I’ve
started to call “home”. But, the truth is, I am 1,113 miles from my real home… Wayne, PA.
After turning pro, I decided it was time to take that big leap of adulthood, pack up my life into a
small sedan and move out from my childhood home to better weather and more golf in Florida.
However, as I sit here surrounded by more palm trees and green bermuda grass, I realize there
is no running from the fact that my roots will always be a part of me.
I can’t erase the memories of little league baseball with all “my boys” growing up, scootering in
the cold de sac of my first home, banging pots and pans after the Phillies captured the World
Series, snow days with my siblings, walking to Wayne on a Friday after middle school, junior
golf inter club, LM pep rallies, the many rounds at my home course (St. David’s) and most of all
the abundant relationships and special people that have guided me in arriving at the person I
am today. Nor, would I ever want those memories to leave me.
In fact, I know without a shadow of a doubt that they will always be a part of me. A part of my
story. And in my opinion, one of the neatest things about life is that no matter who you are or
how “successful” you’ve become, we all have our own story that is valuable and something no
one can take away from you.
As I move on to this next phase of my life, I keep coming back to the foundation that I was built
on. There is no denying that my seeds were planted in the many fields and dirt of the suburbs
I hit my first home run in boys Little League at Enke Park, scored my first touchdown on the
playground of Radnor Elementary School, won a Central League Championship on the
hardwood floor of Marple Newtown High School and won my first state title on the 9th green of
Now, a long way from home, I will embark on creating bigger monumental moments and more
championships on this journey ahead. When I entered the on ramp of 476 south two weeks ago
starting my trip to Florida, I watched as the view of Radnor High School slowly dissipated in my
rear view mirror. In that bittersweet moment, one thing brought me comfort… Cobbs Creek.
Just as I am starting on this journey and beginning to write a new chapter in my story, so too is
Cobbs Creek. Cobbs Creek Golf Club is a public course in Philadelphia that was designed by
the same architect as the world renowned, Merion Golf Club. Hugh Wilson designed only five
golf courses in his time as a course architect. He designed Merion East and West, Seaview Golf
Course, Phoenixville Country Club and Cobbs Creek Golf Club.
Led by a group of visionaries, Cobbs Creek is going through a major renovation to become
more than just a golf course.
The Cobbs Creek foundation has set out to draw on the rich history of the golf club to create a
groundbreaking new future.
Cobbs Creek has been ahead of its time in many ways and plans to continue on that path. Even
before women had voting rights, they were welcomed to play at Cobbs Creek. After struggling to
find places to play during the segregation era, Charlie Sifford left Charlotte, NC and headed to
Philadelphia to hone his craft on the grounds of Cobbs Creek. He would later become the first
African American on the PGA tour and forever be named a son of Cobbs Creek.
In 1947, it hosted the men’s and women’s United Golf Association Open which was won by
Howard Wheeler, Lucy Williams and Thelma Cowans, respectively. This rich history is
something that Cobbs Creek hopes to reinvent in its future.
You may be wondering how Cobbs Creek brought me comfort in that bittersweet moment as I
left home? Well, in many ways, the journey that lies ahead for both Cobbs Creek and myself
aren’t all that different. We are both grounded in history made in Philadelphia as we both work
toward a bright new future. Neither of the tasks are easy, but no one ever said anything great
comes at a low cost. It will take hard work, passion, support and community involvement to
have both of these dreams come to fruition. I am extremely excited to announce that I will be an
ambassador for the Cobbs Creek Foundation. I have great confidence that the foundation will
accomplish everything they have set their eyes on and I am looking forward to helping in the
As always, thank you for following my journey and I hope this blog gave you another exciting
adventure to keep an eye on and support!