CLEMSON, S.C. – Just days before beginning her first season as head coach of the Clemson women’s golf program, Kelley Hester is named the 2016 Southeast Section Coach of the Year by the LPGA. The honor declares her as one-of-six finalists for the LPGA’s National Coach of the Year award. Hester is no stranger to being up for such an accolade as she was named the LPGA National Coach of the Year in 2009.
In her final season at Furman, the Hester led the Paladins to eight top-five finishes over the course of 11 tournaments. Including winning the Southern Conference Championship, Furman won three tournaments and finished as the runner-up twice including the first-annual Clemson Invitational. The SoCon Championship was Hester’s second in as many years and she was named the SoCon Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season as well.
Hester guided Furman to a 20th place finish at the NCAA Championship after a fourth place finish at the NCAA Bryan Regional. Hester’s SoCon Player of the Year, Taylor Totland ended up finishing 20th overall at the NCAA Championships after she qualified for the championship the year prior.
Hester and the Tigers begin their season this weekend in Norman, Oklahoma. The Schooner Fall Classic will take place from September 24 through September 26 at the Belmar Golf Club with action kicking off Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
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