Clemson, S.C.—Clemson has two of the top 51 women’s amateur golfers in the world according to rankings released on Wednesday. Freshman Alice Hewson is No. 15 and classmate Lauren Stephenson is No. 51.
Clemson is ranked 27th by Golfstat and 29th by Golfweek according to final fall team rankings for women’s golf. J.T. Horton’s team is one of the most improved teams in the nation with Hewson and Stephenson holding the top two spots in the lineup.
The Tigers finished the fall with a 48-17-2 record for four tournaments. The team finished in the top five in three of the four, including a second place at the Yale Women’s Intercollegiate.
Clemson returns to the course Feb. 14-16 for the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico.
Hewson, a native of the United Kingdom, is ranked 29th by Golfweek and 32nd by Golfstat through the fall schedule. She finished with a 71.75 stroke average for her 12 rounds, third best in the ACC. She had three top 10 finishes, including medalist honors at the Cougar Classic and the Lady Paladin. She was the first Clemson golfer to win each of her first two events.
Hewson was named ACC Player of the Month for September. She broke the Clemson single round record with a seven-under-par 65 a the Cougar Classic in her second career round. That was the top round of the fall by any ACC player.
Stephenson made a dramatic move from No 163 to No. 51 in the World Amateur Rankings after capturing the Dixie Amateur last weekend against a top national field. She won the event by two shots.
As far as the national college rankings, Stephenson is No. 91 by Golfweek and No. 109 by Golfstat. The native of Lexington, S.C. won co-medalist honors at the Yale Intercollegiate, giving Clemson a medalist player in each of the first three tournaments of the year. Stephenson finished the fall with a 72.83 stroke average and had four under-par rounds.
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