Overview: Sophomore who played in five tournaments as a freshman… played in one tournament as a starter and four as an individual…only true freshman on the 2017-18 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament…. looks to make improvement and challenge for spot in the lineup in 2018-19 after graduation of Sydney Legacy and Marisa Messana…. comes to Clemson from Mars Hill, NC where she was a two time top 5 finisher at the State 3A Championship.
In 2017-18: Did not see any action in the fall, then played five events in the spring…made debut at the Reynolds Plantation Individual Tournament and finished 49th with a round of 79…in the Clemson lineup at the Sugar Bowl and had rounds of 79-81-82…played as individual at Gator Invitational and had rounds of 78-77-81 to finish 67th…had opening round even par 72 at Clemson Invitational as an individual, her best round of the year and first career even par score…solid 72-76-74 to finish 50th in the strong national field…made her final appearance at Bryan National…had 76.60 stroke average in opening rounds and 79.4 in final rounds…averaged 5.08 on par five holes…finished season with 19 birdies.
In High School: As a senior last fall at North Buncombe High School, Rice finished fifth at the State 3A Championship, her second straight top five finish and third straight top 12 finish at the state tournament… ranked third in the state of North Carolina…Rice has a pair of victories in the Dogwood State Junior Championship and was runner-up at the Vicki DeSantis Junior Tournament…. also finished third at the AJGA Ez-Go Vaughan Taylor Championship….had a victory on the PKB Junior Tour as well….as a junior at North Buncombe she was a medalist in every regular-season match for the Black Hawks before winning the 3-A Western Regional tournament….Rice placed third at the NCHSAA 3-A tournament that year with a 148 score…her stroke average for nine-hole matches was 34.5…studying Health Science as a freshman….comes to Clemson from North Buncombe High School…born Dec. 22, 1998.
Favorite Golfer: Phil Mickelson because he always has positive attitude and loves his fans
Favorite Athlete Outside of Golf: Serena Williams she always has her game face on and I love her burning desire to compete, win, and be successful.
Favorite Course: Osprey Point on Kiawah Island
Favorite Course I would like to Play: Pebble Beach
Best Round: 66 at Marion Lake Club, NC
Most Memorable Shot: Eagle (2) on par 4 number 2 at Pinehurst No. 2.
Best Part of my Game: Putting
Part of Game I need to Improve: Pitching wedge
Dream Foursome: Myself, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Jack Nicklaus
Biggest Influence: My grandparents. They are the ones who introduced me to the game by putting me in a sand bunker and telling me to swing as hard as I could go get the ball out. And ever since then I had a love for the game.
Favorite Past time away from Golf: I love to go on hikes and spend time with my dog
Goals after Golf: Graduated with highest honors and awards in 4 subjects.
Rice Tournament by Tournament in 2017-18
Date Tournament 1-2-3 Par Tot Fin
2/12 #Reynolds Plantation 79 +7 79 49
2/18-20 Sugar Bowl 79-81-82 +26 242 80
3/10-11 #Sun Trust Gator 78-77-81 +26 236 67
3/23-25 #Clemson Invitational 72-76-74 +6 222 50
4/6-7 #Bryan National 80-81-81 +26 242 81
#played as individual
Rice Career Stats Top
Year Tr Rds Strks 60s -75 -Par Par Avg 10 BR BT
2017-18 5 13 1021 0 2 0 1 78.54 0 71 222