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Feb 26, 2019

Hewson Wins ICON Invitational

Clemson, S.C. — Senior Alice Hewson fired a three-under par 69 on Tuesday, picking up her fourth career individual medalist honors at the ICON Invitational at The Woodlands Country Club in The Woodlands, Texas. Hewson’s nine-under par 207 54-hole score helped the Clemson team to a tie for fifth in the 15-team event that opened Clemson’s spring season.

Hewson’s final round 69 included five birdies. She finished the 54 holes with 14, the best total in the 84-player field. Her three-under par score on Tuesday was her seventh under-par round of the season.

Freshman Ivy Shepherd finished with a five-over par 221. In her final round, Shepherd carded five consecutive birdies, the longest consecutive streak of birdies by a Clemson golfer this season. She finished the round with a two-under par 70.

Ana Paula Valdes was Clemson’s third best player of the tournament with a 225 score, good enough for 37th place. The junior from Morelia, Mexico had rounds of 74-78-73. Sophomore Callista Rice and freshman Alexandra Swayne both finished with a 233 total.

Host school Houston won with an eight-over par 872, three strokes ahead of Purdue. Kent State was third at 876, while TCU was one shot behind with a 877. Clemson and Texas A&M tied for fifth place with team totals of 883, 19-over par on the par 72 course.

“Alice was really in command of her game this week, and I am proud of her win” said head coach Kelley Hester. “The team made a lot of birdies as we led the field in that category with 45 but made too many big numbers to make a strong run. I saw lots of good things to build on for the rest of the spring season.”

Clemson returns to the course on March 9 at the Sun Trust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

ICON Invitational Results
February 25-26, 2019
The Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas
Par 72 | Yards: 6,392

Team Results

  1. Houston 872, 2. Purdue 875, 3. Kent State 876 4. TCU 877, 5. Texas A&M and Clemson 883, 7. UTSA 890, 8. North Texas 891, 9. Texas Tech 894, 10. Texas State 899, 11. SMU 903, 12. Kansas State 911, 13. Middle Tennessee 914, 14. Southern Mississippi 917, 15. Memphis 920

Clemson Players

  1. Alice Hewson 70-68-69/ 207; 19. Ivy Shepherd 77-74-70/ 221; 37. Ana Paula Valdes 74-78-73/ 225; 62. Callista Rice 78-78-77/ 233; 62 Alexandra Swayne 81-76-76/ 233