Brooke Pancake was asked an obvious question after her second-round win Thursday at the Women's Amateur: So do people razz you about your last name?
"Oh all the time," said the affable 21-year-old from Chattanooga, Tenn., who will be a senior at the University of Alabama this fall.
So are there any favorite nicknames?
Pancake said her college teammates generally call her Brookie, IHOP or Cakes. She likes Cakes the best.
Although IHOP isn't bad.
Just wondering if she likes Waffle House.
All kidding aside, Pancake is one of those rare All-Americans who mixes great golf with solid academics. She has been an All-American all three years at Alabama -- first team this past season -- and carries a 4.13 GPA.
"It's really hard," said Pancake of keeping up with school and maintaining an elite golf game. "I just have to manage my time."
One of Pancake's college professors, David Noble, is here at Rhode Island C.C. this week watchng her play. The native New Englander also serves as Alabama's club ice hockey coach and often comes to the Northeast to recruit players. Noble taught one of Pancake's upper-level management classes this year.
"He just got done with summer [school] and decided to come up and root me on," she said.