Clemson, S.C.—Clemson sophomore Alice Hewson and freshman Ana Paula Valdes will represent their respective home countries at the World Amateur Team Golf Championships in Mexico, September 14-17. Hewson will play for England and Valdes for Mexico in the team event that will include 55 different teams.
Hewson was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and earned All-ACC honors in 2016. She was also named to the Academic All-ACC team. She is currently ranked 17th in the European Amateur rankings. Her 73.43 stroke average was third best in Clemson golf history. Earlier this summer she played on the victorious Curtis Cup championship team.
Valdes was ranked among the top 10 junior players in the country the last four years. She was a second-team AJGA All-America in 2015 and was ranked in the top 10 in nation among juniors in 2016. She won the Sergio Garcia Junior Championship this past May She also played in the Wyndham Cup in Greenwich, Conn. this past summer and had a 3-1 record.
Conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises the national governing bodies of golf in more than 125 countries, the World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur golf competition rotated among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, American and European-African.
Each team has two or three players and plays 18-holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.
Players must be amateur golfers under the Rules of Amateur Status of the R&A and the United States Golf Association and a National of the country, which the competitor is representing as defined in the IGF’s Nationality Policy.
The winning team in the women’s competition receives custody of the Espirito Santo Trophy for the ensuing two years. Members of the winning teams receive gold medals, members of the second-place teams receive silver medals and members of the third-place teams receive bronze medals.
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