Clemson, S.C.—Clemson will host its first women’s golf tournament in history beginning Friday at the Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C. J.T. Horton’s women’s team will be one of 14 teams in the field for the 54-hole three day event will be played on the par 72 Jack Nicklaus designed course that is 30 miles north of Clemson.
The field includes top 25 teams from Florida (8), Tennessee (19) and Texas A & M (22), and top 50 teams from Furman, Houston, Michigan State and the host school Clemson. Rounding out the field are Augusta State, Boston College, Kennesaw State, Oklahoma, UNC-Wilmington, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech.
Some of the top individual talent in the country will be on display as the 79-player field includes 13 of the top 100 players in the nation. Ana Newell of Tennessee is ranked 23rd, Maria Torres of Florida is 35th and Sarah Burnham of Michigan State is 45th. Clemson has two top 100 players in freshman Alice Hewson (69th) and Lauren Stephenson (77th).
Clemson is coming off its best tournament of the spring with a third-place finish at the Briar’s Creek Invitational in Johns Island, S.C. Stephenson was Clemson’s top player with a second-place standing thanks to a nine-under-par score of 209 for the 54 holes. She became the first Clemson golfer to shoot in the 60s twice on the same day when she had a 69-68 on a 36-hole day on March 21.
Hewson has the top stroke average for the Tigers at 72.90 for her 21 rounds this year. Stephenson is second at 73.00 and has a team best seven under-par rounds. Hewson won two tournaments in the fall and Stephenson was a co-medalist at the Yale Intercollegiate.
Marisa Messana has the third best stroke average on the Clemson team at 75.33. That includes a team best 220 and 25th place finish at the Allstate Sugar Bowl and a 221 at Briar’s Creek.
Junior College transfer Sydney Legacy and junior Sloan Shanahan round out the lineup for the Tigers. The complete Clemson roster will participate this weekend as Jessica Hoang, Lauren Salazar, McKenzie Talbert and Taylor Ramsey will play as individuals.
The 14 teams and nine individuals will play 18 holes a day from Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3. Golf is scheduled to start each day, subject to the weather, at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free and live scoring will be available on golfstat.com.
Field (14): Augusta State, Boston College, Clemson (47), Florida (8), Furman (28), Houston (32) , Kennesaw State, Michigan State (46), Oklahoma, Tennessee (19), Texas A&M (22) , UNC-Wilmington, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech.
Golfweek Top 50 rankings in parenthesis.
Format: 18 holes a day April 1, 2, 3
Scoring: Top four scores of the five players count towards the team score each day.
The Course: The Reserve at Lake Keowee
Address: 2999 Crowe Creek Road, Sunset, S.C. 29685
Designer: Jack Nicklaus
Year Opened: 2002
Tournament History: Inaugural event
Live Scoring: golfstat.com
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