St. Louis Catholic senior golfer McKenzie LeDuff had to sign her letter of intent at home this year, but she still made her commitment to Alabama State University official despite the atypical circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

LeDuff won the 2019 Division I individual girls state championship and was hoping for a chance to defend her title before the LHSAA season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.  But LeDuff said Alabama State will be “her dream school” after she got to tour the campus and meet coach Quincy Heard in February.

“One of my main goals was to find a good school that had a good golf team with a good coach,” she said.  “I wanted to go somewhere where it felt like home.  Also, Alabama State was not too far, but it’s far enough to have the experience of being on my own.  It’s not a large school, it’s a smaller school where I can still get the attention my teachers and hopefully know most of the people in my classes.”

LeDuff’s mother and grandmother were with her when she signed her letter of intent at home April 16, and they FaceTimed her grandparents from New Orleans.  So while it wasn’t the usual Saints celebration in the Commons because of the school closure, LeDuff remains grateful for all her St. Louis Catholic memories, especially under the direction of girls golf coach Sid Briscoe.

“I first met Mr. Briscoe the summer of fifth grade when I was really little,”  LeDuff said.  “He took my game from 6th-8th grade – he was my only coach, and in 8th grade I went the entire middle school season undefeated … So in between 6th-8th grade, he’s the one who really got me started and got me serious.”