Clemson, S.C.—Clemson is ranked 23rd in the final fall Women’s Golf Coaches Association poll for the 2018-19 academic year. Clemson is one of five ACC teams ranked in the top 25, as Duke is third, Virginia is 13th, Wake Forest is 14th, Florida State is 20th and Clemson 23rd.
Clemson finished the fall with a pair of top four finishes in national tournaments, including a fourth-place among 17 teams at the Battle at the Beach in Del Cabo, Mexico November 2-4. Clemson finished the fall with a 40-18-3 record against the field in the four tournaments.
Individually, freshman ivy Shepherd is ranked 43rd nationally by Golfstat and 47th by Golfweek. Shepherd has a 71.45 stroke average thanks to five rounds in the 60s. Ana Paula Valdes is ranked 71st in the nation by Golfweek and 91st by Golfstat, giving Kelley Hester’s team a pair of top 100 players.
Clemson returns to the course Feb. 16 at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Invitational at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia.
WGCA Final Fall 2018 Poll1. Southern California, 2. Texas, 3. Duke, 4. Florida, 5. Vanderbilt, 6. Arkansas, 7. Arizona, 8. Stanford, 9. Arizona State and UCLA, 11. Kent State, 12. Auburn, 13. Virginia, 14. Wake Forest, 15. Alabama, 16. Northwestern. 17. South Carolina, 18. Illinois, 19. Washington, 20. Florida State, 21. TCU, 22. Pepperdine, 23. Clemson, 24. Oklahoma, 25. Oregon State.