Overview: Won her first collegiate tournament in fall of 2018 with co-medalist honors at the Battle at the Beach…starter for Clemson each of her first two years, she is a veteran of 26 tournaments entering spring of 2019…All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association each of her first two years…academic All-ACC each of her first two years….second on the Clemson team in stroke average as a freshman and third as a sophomore…improved her stroke average from 74.28 as a freshman to 73.63 as a sophomore….second in Clemson history in career scoring average with a 73.59 figure entering spring of 2019…second in career rounds at par or better with 29, second in career finish percentage (.659)…fifth in career counting scores with 72, her score has counted 93.5 percentage of the time (72-77)…third in career birdies on career basis with 210… first Clemson golfer to shoot par or better in all three rounds of the ACC Tournament…Clemson’s top player at the ACC Tournament and the NCAA National Tournament as a freshman…ranked among the top 10 junior girls in the nation for most of her last four years …a second-team AJGA Rolex All-American for 2015…in the summer of 2016 was ranked No. 6 among Junior Girls in the class of 2016…won the Sergio Garcia Junior Championship in May of 2016 with scores of 71-70…committed to Clemson as a sophomore in high school.
Fall 2018: Had her best fall as a Clemson golfer with a 71.91 stroke average…that included her first career medalist honors as she tied for first at the Battle of the Beach with Kaleigh Teller of Auburn…Valdes shot five under par 208 thanks to rounds of 74-65-69…that was best 54-hole score by a Clemson women’s golfer in the fall of 2018…the second round 65 tied the Clemson school record for an 18-hole score…it was the best round of the fall by a Clemson golfer by three shots…had incredible 16 birdies in Mexico, her career high for a 54-hole event…her first place finish helped Clemson to a fourth-place team finish at the event in Mexico, her home country…she finished in the top three of all four Clemson tournaments…second among Clemson golfers in stroke average for the fall, she played all 11 rounds…had four rounds in the 60s and team best tying five under par rounds…shot 75 or better in nine of the 11 rounds and played the fall at five over par overall…tied Ivy Shepherd for the team lead in birdies with 38…finished 31st at Mason Rudolph and 29th at Tar Heel Invitational…had 72.3 stroke average in final rounds…had solid 3.00 stroke average on par three holes and team best 4.75 on par five holes…her score counted in all 11 rounds in the fall…had best round of the day five of the 11 rounds…enters second semester of her junior year with a 73.69 stroke average, she is a veteran of 26 tournaments and 77 rounds…has 18 career under-par rounds.
In 2017-18: Ranked #120 in the nation by Golfweek and #133 by Golfstat…finished season with 73.63 stroke average, third on the team…played for the Clemson team in every tournaments, 30 rounds in 11 tournaments…her stroke average is seventh best in Clemson history…had a .676 finish percentage, eighth best in Clemson history…her score counted in 28 of 30 rounds…had 83 birdies, seventh best in Clemson history for a single season…had 3.13 scoring average on par three holes,4.16 on par four holes (6th best in school history), and 4.94 on par five holes…finished the year with six top 25 finishes….Clemson’s first or second best player in each of the first five tournaments of the year…had career best 67 in the third round at the Schooner Classic at the University of Oklahoma…shot career best 207 and had career best fourth place finish…shot nine under par for her first six rounds of the year…opened the year with 213 score and 22nd place at Mason Rudolph….had solid tournament at the Landfall Tradition, she was Clemson’s top player with a 145 score, one over par, and finished 18th…finished tied for sixth at the Houston Dickson with a 71, she helped Tigers to team championship…had 25th place finish at Clemson Invitational and 25th at the ACC Tournament…finished 34th at the NCAA Regional, highlighted by a second round 69.
In 2016-17: Second on the Clemson team to Alice Hewson in stroke average with a 74,28 figure…ranked #190 in the nation by Golfstat as a freshman…set Clemson season record with nine rounds of even par…added five rounds under par for 14 total rounds at par or better…that is still the fourth most in a season in Clemson history…played in 36 rounds to tie for the Clemson record for a season…had .645 finish percentage…had her best performance at ACC Tournament at Pawley’s Island where she had three consecutive rounds of even par 72…that 216 total was good enough for eighth place, highest finish in history for a Clemson women’s golfer at the ACC Tournament…the 216 score was also a Clemson record for the ACC Championship…played a big part in Clemson advancing to the NCAA Championship tournament with a 223 total in Athens…she finished 30th overall, but her second round 69 was the best of the day for a Tiger and tied for the best round of the tournament by a Clemson golfer…she joins Alice Hewson as only Tiger women’s golfers to shoot in the 60s in an NCAA Tournament…Clemson’s top player at the NCAA National Tournament at Rich Harvest Farms near Chicago, she finished 57th…had final round 76 that included four birdies….that tied for the best round at the national tournament by a Tiger on the course that had an average score of 79 for the tournament….had two top 10s and five top 25 finishes in her 12 tournaments as a freshman….set Clemson record with four consecutive birdies in one round…had two rounds in the 60s, a career best final round 68 at the Gator Invitational on March 12, and the 69 at the NCAA Regional in Athens…second on the team in birdies with 89, that is still fifth most in a season in school history…terrific getting out of the sand she converted 55 percent of the time for par out of the sand as a freshman, second in the nation among teams that use the golfstat computer rankings….first on the team in par three scoring average with a 3.15…had 4.92 average on par five holes…had best round of the day nine times and was Clemson’s top golfer at the ACC Tournament and the Gator Invitational…had just one eagle, but it was in the NCAA Regional when she chipped in from eight yards off the green…led the Clemson team in greens in regulation at .684….led team in greens in regulation on par three holes at 68 percent.
Prior to Clemson: Only two-time winner of the Sea Pines Junior Heritage at Harbourtown…won the 2015 event on the second playoff hole…current Tiger men’s player Bryson Nimmer won the boys division that same year…played in the 2015 and 2016 Wyndham Cup…had a 3-1 record for the East team at the 2016 event at Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn… won the 2014 Sea Pines Junior Heritage by five shots…in summer of 2015, shot a final round 65 to win the Porter Cup and it was the low round of the tournament by any golfer…that was her first amateur win in a field that had more than just junior players… played in the 2015 U.S. Amateur and reached the first round of match play…..a veteran of match play events on the international level, Valdes played on the winning Mexico team and took medalist honors at the Juniors Americas Cup in 2013 and 2014 and she won individual honors both years….in fall of 2015 she represented the championship team from Mexico at the Spirit International…. Valdes has been on the world junior stage for many years…. In 2011-12 she played in 11 tournaments and finished in the top six in all 11… In 2012-13 she had three first-place finishes, including the College Classic at Duke and the Carolinas Championship of Kiawah Island….in 2013-14 she won four times in five events….played in the Spirit Cup for Mexico in 2015…that team won the team title for the women’s division…grew up in Morelia, Mexico, same area as Lorena Ochoa, who has been a prime motivator for her golf career….spent her senior year of high school at Bishops Gate Golf Academy in Orlando, Fla.,,,Valdez played in the 2010 LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational at the age of 13…home course is Tres Marias in Mexico
Personal: Born Feb 5, 1997….majoring in sports communications at Clemson…attended high school grades 9-11 at Heritage Academy and senior year at Montverde Academy.
Who is your favorite Professional Golfer: Jason Day
Favorite Athlete Outside of Golf: Roger Federer
Favorite Course I have Played: Black Doamond (Florida), Tres Merias (Mexico)
Toughest Course I have played: Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C.
All time low round: 65, Niagara Falls Country Club, Women’s Porter Cup
My best shot ever: Made eagle on par five hole at AJGA Sergio Garcia. Made a bunker shot on the fly.
Best part of my game: Irons
I need to improve on: Putting
My best club is a: 7 iron
Who has had the most influence on my golf career: Lorena Ochoa
My dream foursome is myself and: Lorena Ochoa, Jason Day and Jack Nicklaus
Ana Paula Valdes Tournament by Tournament 2016-17
Date Tournament 1-2-3 Par Tot Fin
9/24-25 Schooner Classic 71-75-72 +5 218 26
10/2-4 Cougar Classic 72-76-75 +7 223 62
10/17-18 Greenville Regional 77-72-77 +10 226 9
10/28-30 Landfall Tradition 76-77-80 +17 233 71
2/5-7 UCF Challenge 71-70-75 E 216 25
2/19-20 Sugar Bowl 72-72-76 +4 220 22
3/11-12 Gator Invitational 77-73-68 +8 218 14
3/24-26 LSU Tiger Invitational 77-75-72 +8 224 29
3/31-2 Clemson Invitational 77-71-76 +8 224 44
4/13-15 ACC Tournament 72-72-72 E 216 8
5/8-10 NCAA Regional 79-69-75 +7 223 30
5/19-22 NCAA National 77-80-76 +17 233 57
Ana Paula Valdes Tournament by Tournament 2017-18
Date Tournament 1-2-3 Par Tot Fin
9/15-17 Mason Rudolf 70-73-70 -3 213 22
9/23-25 Schooner Classic 68-72-67 -6 207 4
10/9-10 Betsy Rawls 77-71-80 +12 228 39
10/27-28 Landfill Tradition 73-72 +1 145 18
2/18-20 Sugar Bowl 77-78-74 +13 229 40
2/27 Houston Dickson 71 -1 71 6
3/10-11 Sun Trust Gator 74-71-76 +11 221 35
3/23-25 Clemson Inv. 76-68-73 +1 217 25
4/6-7 Bryan National 78-73-85 +20 236 60
4/21-23 ACC Tournament 75-75-74 +8 224 25
5/7-9 NCAA Regional 72-69-77 +2 218 34
Valdes Career Statistics
Year Trn Rd Stks 60s 75- Par -Par Avg 10 BR BT
2016-17 12 36 2674 2 21 9 5 74.28 2 68 216
2017-18 11 30 2209 4 21 2 8 73.63 2 67 207
Totals 23 66 4883 6 42 11 13 73.98 4 67 207