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.