Alcoa’s Daugherty gives UT early commitment

Alcoa High School junior Grant Daugherty gets into a big drive during a practice round at an area course. Daugherty last week became the school’s first state champion in 15 years and third overall last week in Manchester.

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Alcoa High School junior Grant Daugherty gets into a big drive during a practice round at an area course. Daugherty last week became the school’s first state champion in 15 years and third overall last week in Manchester.

Grant Daugherty is having the kind of junior year most high school athletes dream about.

The Alcoa High School ace won the Class A/AA state golf tournament at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester in October. Last week, Daugherty gave a verbal commitment to the University of Tennessee, pledging to become a Vol for the 2012 season.

The state title, the first for Blount County since Alcoa’s Ryo Fukami in 1995, capped a whirlwind fall 2010 campaign for Daugherty. The Tornado star opened a scorching postseason run with his first Blount County prep championship. A District 4AA championship followed soon after, with the region crown added in due course.

Daugherty shot an even-par 72 for both days of the state tournament to win by four strokes, finishing the only player in the tournament at par.

Recent Blount County Hall of Fame inductee Virgil Prater claimed the Tornadoes first state golf title during the 1957 season. Alcoa is the only county school with a state golf in its trophy case.

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