Alaura Brogdon is a super young lady by all accounts.
Just don’t go away thinking the William Blount High School senior isn’t also plenty tough.
The Lady Governor ace signed a National Letter of Intent to play collegiate golf at Tennessee Wesleyan College next season. Brogdon, the 2008 Blount County champion, is the second Lady Governor in as many seasons to sign to play college golf, following 2007 county champion Melanie Manis, a freshman at Carson-Newman.
A sizeable collection of teammates, family, friends and former coaches were on hand when Brogdon signed with the Lady Bulldogs last week in the William Blount auditorium. One of them was former William Blount coach Mark Davidson, who coached Brogdon and the Lady Governors to a 2007 state tournament berth and two of the last three Blount County championships.
Brogdon led the Lady Governors to a county three-peat just last month under new coach Jason Rowe, with Brogdon finishing runner up for individual honors.
Davidson spoke highly of Brodgon’s character on both the golf course and in school. He also spoke of a dramatic closing run delivered by Brogdon in last season’s district and region tournaments.
The left-handed Lady Governor was battling severe shin splints when her score pulled William Blount into a tie with Bearden at the District 4AAA tournament, forcing a playoff to decide which team would advance to region play. On the playoff hole, Brogdon limped the whole way.
“She gets down there and birdies the hole!” Davidson said. “Bottom line, William Blount, district champion.”
With the Lady Governors so close to a region tournament berth, there was no way she was going to abandon, Brogdon said. She didn’t just want to finish the playoff, either.
“I told myself, ‘We’re going as a team this year,’” Brogdon said. “’The team is the only thing that matters.’ I told myself, ‘Do your best; Let’s just see if you’ve got something in you,’ and it was the best I’ve ever played.”
Later that month, Brogdon teamed with Manis to send the Lady Governors on to the state tournament. Having Brogdon back this season made his first year as William Blount coach a lot easier, Rowe said.
“I came into a good situation because I had Alaura Brogdon as our team captain,” he said.
Brogdon, along with Manis before her, is proof you can get there, Davidson told a collection of Lady Governor freshmen. Smiling as Brogdon put pen to paper, he said, “This is good stuff.”