Ana Paula Valdes

Morelia, Mexico
High School:
Heritage Academy/ Montverde Academic

Overview:¬†Starter for Clemson each of her first two years, she is a veteran of 23 tournaments‚ĶAll-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association each of her first two years‚Ķacademic All-ACC each of her first two years‚Ķ.second on the Clemson team in stroke average as a freshman and third as a sophomore‚Ķimproved her stroke average from 74.28 as a freshman to 73.63 as a sophomore‚Ķ.second in Clemson history in career scoring average with a 73.98 figure‚Ķsecond in career rounds at par or better with 24,¬† second in career finish percentage (.659)‚Ķfifth in career counting scores with 61, her score has counted 92.4 percentage of the time (.61-66)‚Ķthird in career birdies on career basis with 172‚Ķ ¬†first Clemson golfer to shoot par or better in all three rounds of the ACC Tournament‚ĶClemson‚Äôs top player at the ACC Tournament an the NCAA National Tournament as a freshman…ranked among the top 10 junior girls in the nation for most of the last four years ‚Ķa second-team AJGA Rolex All-American for 2015‚Ķin the summer of 2016 was ranked No. 6 among Junior Girls in the class of 2016‚Ķwon the Sergio Garcia Junior Championship in May of 2016 with scores of 71-70‚Ķcommitted to Clemson as a sophomore in high school.

In 2017-18:  Ranked #120 in the nation by Golfweek and #133 by Golfstat…finished season with 73.63 stroke average, third on the team…played for the Clemson team in every tournaments, 30 rounds in 11 tournaments…her stroke average is seventh best in Clemson history…had a .676 finish percentage, eighth best in Clemson history…her score counted in 28 of 30  rounds…had 83 birdies, seventh best in Clemson history for a single season…had 3.13 scoring average on par three holes,4.16 on par four holes (6th best in school history),  and 4.94 on par five holes…finished the year with six top 25 finishes….Clemson’s first or second best player in each of the first five tournaments of the year…had career best 67 in the third round at the Schooner Classic at the University of Oklahoma…shot career best 207 and had career best fourth place finish…shot nine under par for her first six rounds of the year…opened the year with 213 score and 22nd place at Mason Rudolph….had solid tournament at the Landfall Tradition, she was Clemson’s top player with a 145 score, one over par, and finished 18th…finished tied for sixth at the Houston Dickson with a 71,  she helped Tigers to team championship…had 25th place finish at Clemson Invitational and 25th at the ACC Tournament…finished 34th at the NCAA Regional, highlighted by a second round 69.

In 2016-17:¬† Second on the Clemson team to Alice Hewson in stroke average with a 74,28 figure‚Ķranked #190 in the nation by Golfstat as a freshman‚Ķset Clemson season record with nine rounds of even par‚Ķadded five rounds under par for 14 total rounds at par or better‚Ķthat is still the fourth most in a season in Clemson history‚Ķplayed in 36 rounds to tie for the Clemson record for a season‚Ķhad .645 finish percentage‚Ķhad her best performance at ACC Tournament at Pawley‚Äôs Island where she had three consecutive rounds of even par 72‚Ķthat 216 total was good enough for eighth place, highest finish in history for a Clemson women‚Äôs golfer at the ACC Tournament‚Ķthe 216 score was also a Clemson record for the ACC Championship‚Ķplayed a big part in Clemson advancing to the NCAA Championship tournament with a 223 total in Athens‚Ķshe finished 30th overall, but her second round 69 was the best of the day for a Tiger and tied for the best round of the tournament by a Clemson golfer‚Ķshe joins Alice Hewson as only Tiger women‚Äôs golfers to shoot in the 60s in an NCAA Tournament‚ĶClemson‚Äôs top player at the NCAA National Tournament at Rich Harvest Farms near Chicago, she finished 57th…had final round 76 that included four birdies….that tied for the best round at the national tournament by a Tiger on the course that had an average score of 79 for the tournament….had two top 10s and five top 25 finishes in her 12 tournaments as a freshman‚Ķ.set Clemson record with four consecutive birdies in one round‚Ķhad two rounds in the 60s, a career best final round 68 at the Gator Invitational on March 12, and the 69 at the NCAA Regional in Athens‚Ķsecond on the team in birdies with 89, that is still fifth most in a season in school history‚Ķterrific getting out of the sand she converted 55 percent of the time for par out of the sand as a freshman, second in the nation among teams that use the golfstat computer rankings….first on the team in par three scoring average with a 3.15‚Ķhad 4.92 average on par five holes‚Ķhad best round of the day nine times and was Clemson‚Äôs top golfer at the ACC Tournament and¬† the Gator Invitational‚Ķhad just one eagle, but it was in the NCAA Regional when she chipped in from eight yards off the green‚Ķled the Clemson team in greens in regulation at .684‚Ķ.led team in greens in regulation on par three holes at 68 percent.

Prior to Clemson: Only two-time winner of the Sea Pines Junior Heritage at Harbourtown‚Ķwon the 2015 event on the second playoff hole‚Ķcurrent Tiger men‚Äôs player Bryson Nimmer won the boys division that same year‚Ķplayed in the 2015 and 2016 Wyndham Cup‚Ķhad a 3-1 record for the East team at the 2016 event at Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn‚Ķ won the 2014 Sea Pines Junior Heritage by five shots‚Ķin summer of 2015, shot a final round 65 to win the Porter Cup and it was the low round of the tournament by any golfer‚Ķthat was her first amateur win in a field that had more than just junior players‚Ķ played in the 2015 U.S. Amateur and reached the first round of match play‚Ķ..a veteran of match play events on the international level, Valdes played on the winning Mexico team and took medalist honors at the Juniors Americas Cup in 2013 and 2014 and she won individual honors both years‚Ķ.in fall of 2015 she represented the championship team from Mexico at the Spirit International‚Ķ. Valdes has been on the world junior stage for many years‚Ķ. In 2011-12 she played in 11 tournaments and finished in the top six in all 11‚Ķ In 2012-13 she had three first-place finishes, including the College Classic at Duke and the Carolinas Championship of Kiawah Island‚Ķ.in 2013-14 she won four times in five events‚Ķ.played in the Spirit Cup for Mexico in 2015‚Ķthat team won the team title for the women‚Äôs division…grew up in Morelia, Mexico, same area as Lorena Ochoa, who has been a prime motivator for her golf career‚Ķ.spent her senior year of high school at Bishops Gate Golf Academy in Orlando, Fla.,,,Valdez played in the 2010 LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational at the age of 13‚Ķhome course is Tres Marias in Mexico

Personal: ¬†Born Feb 5, 1997….majoring in sports communications at Clemson…attended high school grades 9-11 at Heritage Academy and senior year at Montverde Academy.

Personality Profile

Who is your favorite Professional Golfer: Jason Day

Favorite Athlete Outside of Golf: Roger Federer

Favorite Course I have Played: Black Doamond (Florida), Tres Merias (Mexico)

Toughest Course I have played: Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C.

All time low round: 65, Niagara Falls Country Club, Women’s Porter Cup

My best shot ever: Made eagle on par five hole at AJGA Sergio Garcia. Made a bunker shot on the fly.

Best part of my game: Irons

I need to improve on: Putting

My best club is a: 7 iron

Who has had the most influence on my golf career: Lorena Ochoa

My dream foursome is myself and: Lorena Ochoa, Jason Day and Jack Nicklaus


Ana Paula Valdes Tournament by Tournament 2016-17

   Date       Tournament                  1-2-3   Par     Tot    Fin

9/24-25 Schooner Classic    71-75-72    +5   218    26

10/2-4   Cougar Classic       72-76-75    +7   223    62

10/17-18  Greenville Regional 77-72-77 +10 226           9

10/28-30   Landfall Tradition 76-77-80 +17 233         71

2/5-7     UCF Challenge       71-70-75      E   216    25

2/19-20 Sugar Bowl            72-72-76    +4   220    22

3/11-12 Gator Invitational    77-73-68    +8   218    14

3/24-26 LSU Tiger Invitational 77-75-72 +8   224    29

3/31-2   Clemson Invitational 77-71-76   +8   224    44

4/13-15 ACC Tournament     72-72-72      E   216      8

5/8-10   NCAA Regional      79-69-75    +7   223    30

5/19-22 NCAA National       77-80-76  +17   233    57


Ana Paula Valdes Tournament by Tournament 2017-18

   Date         Tournament                1-2-3   Par     Tot    Fin

9/15-17     Mason Rudolf         70-73-70     -3    213     22

9/23-25     Schooner Classic    68-72-67     -6    207      4

10/9-10     Betsy Rawls           77-71-80  +12    228     39

10/27-28   Landfill Tradition         73-72    +1    145     18

2/18-20     Sugar Bowl            77-78-74  +13    229     40

2/27         Houston Dickson              71     -1      71      6

3/10-11     Sun Trust Gator      74-71-76  +11    221     35

3/23-25     Clemson Inv.          76-68-73    +1    217     25

4/6-7        Bryan National       78-73-85  +20    236     60

4/21-23     ACC Tournament     75-75-74    +8    224     25

5/7-9     NCAA Regional   72-69-77            +2         218       34


Valdes Career Statistics

  Year     Trn  Rd  Stks  60s 75-  Par  -Par    Avg 10 BR  BT

2016-17 12 36 2674     2  21     9     5 74.28   2 68 216

2017-18 11 30 2209     4   21     2     8 73.63   2 67 207

Totals     23  66 4883     6   42   11    13 73.98   4 67 207