Overview: Shepherd ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of Georgia according to Junior Golf Scoreboard and the AJGA Rolex rankings…..nationally, ranked seventh for the class of 2018 by Golfweek, 10th by AJGA and 14th by Junior Golf Scoreboard as of August 1, 2018…reached second round of US Junior Girls in summer of 2018, she shot 139 in the stroke play to finish fifth at three-under-par…won Georgia Junior Girls championship in 2017, finished third in 2018….will have a chance to move into Clemson lineup immediately…all-state in golf and basketball in high school…her high school basketball team won four state championships.
Fall 2018: Led Clemson women in stroke average in the fall with 71.45 average…that average was 36th in the nation through the fall…ranked #43 overall player in the nation by Golfstat and #47 by Golfweek, highest rankings among Clemson players through the fall…had one top 10, but had five of her 11 rounds in 60s…tied for the team lead in under-par rounds with five…nine of her 11 rounds were 75 or better…shot even par for her 11 rounds…tied for the team lead in birdies with 38…had her best finish in her first career tournament, she was 11th at the Mason Rudolph with a 142 score for the rain shortened event…had 69 in first career round…had two more rounds of 69 at the Schooner Classic, making her the first Clemson women’s golfer with three rounds in the 60s in her first four career rounds…finished in the top 25 in all four of her tournaments, the only Clemson women’s golfer to do that this past fall…shot three-under-par 210 at Schooner Classic at University of Oklahoma…followed that with 11th place finish at Tar Heel Invitational thanks to a two-under par 214 score…so shot under par and finished in top 20 in each of her first three tournaments…helped Clemson to fourth place finish at the Battle at the Beach in final fall event with 24th place finish…Clemson’s best golfer at Mason Rudolph and Tar Heel Invitational and second best performer at Schooner Fall Classic….had outstanding 71.5 scoring average in final rounds…had 3.0 stroke average on par three holes, 4.07 on par fours and 4.84 on par fives…had best round of the day six times and best tournament twice…averaged almost 10 birdies per tournament.
Prior to Clemson: Comes to Clemson after strong summer of 2018….finished tied for 17th at US Junior Girls in July, she was seeded fifth after stroke play after shooting 68-71…finished tied for 17th at Polo Junior Classic with 295 score in late June…finished tied for ninth at Rome Junior Classic in May with 218 score…tied for 23rd at the Annika Invitational with 226 score…20th at Rolex Junior Championship, she had a 69 in the final round… reached Match Play at North-South Women’s Amateur and finished tied for 17th….as a junior, Shepherd won the GSGA Girls Championship by six shots and was a member of the winning Georgia team in the Georgia-South Carolina Girls Team Match Play….she made a birdie on the last hole to secure the team title for Georgia…. third at AJGA Girls Championship with 214 score, including final round 68…as a sophomore finished tied for first at AJGA Scott Stallings…finished fifth at the Kathy Whitworth…as a freshman, finished fourth out of 48 at the Golfweek Junior International Invitational with scores of 71-70….17th at USGA Girls Championship…won Hurricane Tour events at age 13 playing up in the 15-18 division…won on SJGT Tour the last three years (2011-14)…played against former Clemson All-American Ashlan Ramsey in the 2013 Georgia Match Play Championship when she was 13…won Lady’s club championship at Braelin Golf club at age 12…the fine all-around athlete has also been an all-state selection in basketball and her high school team has won the state title four times…played on high school basketball team that was 96-5 in her four-year career, including 69-1 her last three years…she averaged 12 points a game as a senior…had one game in which she made 10 threes to set a school record….played her high school basketball for Justin Stephens.
Personal: Born Ivy Grace Shepherd on April 6, 2000 in Nashville, Tenn…daughter of Gary and Terri Shepherd…active in community service, she raised over $1,000 for Operation Mobilization, a worldwide missionary and charitable group…raised over $2,000 for the Hudson Family Foundation, a charity founded by former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson….collected pledges for her golf game.