It began largely as a curiosity for Lindy McGuire.
What followed a little while later was “the most accomplished” four years of high school golf any Alcoa player has ever known.
McGuire fulfilled a long-held goal when she signed a National Letter of Intent to continue with her sport at Lincoln Memorial University next fall. Lincoln Memorial’s Harrogate campus is close. It’s cozy. There was simply no reason to consider anywhere else, the two-time All-State selection said.
“Alcoa is a really small high school,” McGuire said, “and I am not a big-school person. I would probably get lost.”
That never happened on the golf course the last four years, a run by the two-time Blount County champion that had its genesis when McGuire happened upon a signup sheet as a sixth-grader. A horseback riding accident made her give up her first love, she said. When Alcoa Middle golf coach Jason Adams posted a tryout sheet that fall, McGuire added her name to the list.
“And I have been in love with it,” she said, “ever since.”
Playing tournaments with the high school team by the eighth grade, McGuire never finished worse than second in district play during her four seasons as a Lady Tornado, winning medalist honors her junior season. The 2009 region champion, she would reach three consecutive state tournaments, finishing second in 2009, fifth this past season.
Compiling a 38.24 career scoring average, McGuire’s resume includes the most first place finishes by a female golfer in school history. Ranked sixth on the National Junior Golf Scoreboard for Tennessee, the Alcoa ace collected 31 wins on the junior circuit the last three summers, finishing in the top five an additional 22 times.
“I’ve seen you play in all kinds of remote places to get to where you are,” Alcoa golf coach Rob Daugherty said as McGuire put pen to paper last week.
As the ink dried, Daugherty proclaimed McGuire “the most accomplished golfer in Alcoa history.”
Over Labor Day weekend, McGuire was selected to play a round at ultra-prestigious Pebble Beach as part of the Home Care & Hospice First Tee for up-and-coming future professionals. McGuire plans to major in professional golf management at Lincoln Memorial. The campus’ new indoor practice facility had an impact on her decision. She was there for the ribbon cutting.
Lincoln Memorial’s biggest selling point may have been the Lady Railsplitters themselves. McGuire said she felt right at home during recruiting visits. Winning never gets old, but that’s not the thing she’ll remember most about her high school career, she said.
“My most memorable experiences, right from the very beginning, was getting to know my teammates and spending time on the golf course,” McGuire said.