Clemson, S.C.—Alice Hewson won her second consecutive tournament to lead Clemson to a tie for fourth-place out of 17 teams at the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course on Tuesday. Hewson finished with a score of 213, three-under-par on the par 72 course.
Hewson joins Ashlan Ramsey as the only Clemson women’s golfers to win consecutive tournaments. The native of the United Kingdom in her first year at Clemson won the Cougar Classic last week. Ramsey won the second and third tournaments of her career two years ago.
“What a tremendous accomplishment to not only win once, but to win back to back tournaments,” said Head Coach J.T. Horton of his freshman golfer. “She has tremendous poise and maturity for a freshman. We are proud of her.”
Hewson had rounds of 67-73-73 in claiming the two-shot victory over Jess Meek and Michelle Butler of Missouri. Hewson is now nine-under-par for her six rounds at Clemson. Her 67 in the first round of the tournament was just one shot off the Lady Paladin Tournament record and was the second best round in Clemson history.
Missouri captured the team title with an 871 score, eight shots better than host school Furman. New Mexico was third at 883. Clemson and Wake Forest tied for fourth at 885. Clemson finished ahead of ACC schools North Carolina (890) and Virginia Tech (895). Clemson opened the season with a fifth-place showing out of 20 teams at the Cougar Classic in Charleston.
Clemson had a 301 team score on Tuesday. Hewson’s 73 was the best, while Marisa Messana had four birdies on the way to a 75. Lauren Stephenson shot a 76 and Lauren Salazar a 77.
Sloan Shanahan shot a 79 on Tuesday, but was still tied for 25th in the tournament with a 223 total, seven over par. Stephenson also finished at 223 for a top 25 finish. Messana was tied for 39th with a 228 total for the 54 holes.
Another bright spot for Clemson was the play of Jessica Hoang, who played the event as an individual. She finished in a tie for fifth place with a career best 218 score for the event. That included a final round 71 on Tuesday, one of just three players in the field of 96 golfers to shoot under par for the day.
“ This is another great week of progress for our team,” said Horton. “We put two good rounds together to start the tournament and got in the mix again. I am very proud of Jessica Hoang, who had her best tournament as a Tiger. Also Sloan and Lauren played solid and both are close to putting together a great tournament. We are excited about the direction the team is heading.
Lady Paladin Invitational
September 20-22, 2015
Furman University Course
1. Missouri 871, 2. Furman 879, 3. New Mexico 883, 4. Clemson and Wake Forest 885, 6. North Carolina 890, 7. Virginia Tech 895, 8. Kennessaw State 912, 9. East Tennessee State 914, 10. Georgetown 917, 11. Coastal Carolina 921, 12. Columbia, 923, 13. James Madison 924, 14. Wofford 934, 15. Georgia Southern 945, 16. Samford 946 17. Brown 960.
1. Alice Hewson 213, 25. Sloan Shanahan 223, 25. Lauren Stephenson 223, 39. Marisa Messana 228, 61. Lauren Salazar 234
Playing as individual: 5. Jessica Hoang, 218.
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