One of the hometown's historic top golf performers continues to make history in the sport on an advanced and professional collegiate level for a prestigious career.

One of the hometown's historic top golf performers continues to make history in the sport on an advanced and professional collegiate level for a prestigious career.

Allison Brown, of Hope was named the NCAA Division I women’s golf head rules official, bringing more than 13 years of experience to the role according to a national feature in Golfweek magazine. She also will manage course setup for the national championships.

Brown replaces Jerry Lemieux, who has stepped down as head rules official after working with the NCAA for six years.

According to Golfweek.com., Brown, the director of women’s golf for the Tennessee Golf Association for the past two years, has worked as the manager of rules and competitions for the LPGA (2007-12), and was previously an assistant women’s golf coach at LSU (2006-07) and a tournament director for the American Junior Golf Association (2004-06).

Jim Fee, NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee chair and associate director of athletics at South Florida commented about Brown and why she's the best professional and candidate to have the position in the feature article.

“The head rules official plays a vital role in the management of the championships, and Allison’s substantial knowledge and the varied levels of experience she brings to the position enable her to step in and lead,” said Fee.

According to Carol A. Reep, NCAA associate director said Brown brings tremendous experience to this role. “Her work experience with the LPGA, highlighted by her extensive course setup knowledge, is a valuable asset. Allison’s leadership will continue to build on the many accomplishments that have already been achieved in these areas.”

Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in sports fitness management from the University of Alabama, where she competed as a member of the women’s golf team from 1999 - 2003.

She grew up playing junior golf in Arkansas as well as national junior golf and played her college golf at University of Alabama. She has made a career in the world.

During Brown's legendary high school career in Hope, she has earned numerous prestigious accolades and honors in the sport of golf in the late 1990's. As the overall girls golf tournament champion won in May 1998, she competed at the overall to finish as runner-up the three previously times before capturing the ultimate title her senior year. She was a three-time state champion, and state runner-up, outstanding girls' golfer with an undefeated record in tournament play.

Brown currently reside her home in Franklin, TN and is the daughter of John and Kathy Akin of Hope.