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Stephenson to Compete for United States

Stephenson to Compete for United States

CLEMSON, S.C.—Clemson incoming freshman Lauren Stephenson has been selected to the United States Junior World team and will play in the Toyota Junior World Golf Cup in Japan June 16-19. Stephenson, who will enter Clemson in August, is one of just three players on the United States team. 

Stephenson, Samantha Wagner (Florida) and Isabella DiLisio (Notre Dame) will represent the United States team that is coached by Cathy Mant of Georgia State. The four-day 72-hole tournament will be played at the Ishiro Course at Chukyo Golf Club in Toyota City, Japan.

The United States is one of eight women’s teams in the competition. The other three-woman teams come from Colombia, France, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan. The top two scores will count each day towards the team score in the event that is in just its second year for women’s junior golf.

Stephenson, from Lexington, S.C. and Lexington High School, is the number-two ranked junior from the United States in the class of 2015 according to the Polo Junior Rankings of June 8. She was  ranked third in the class of 2015 by the Golfweek Rankings according to rankings released on June 10.

Stephenson has six career AJGA victories and was named a Rolex AJGA first-team All-American in 2014. She was an honorable mention selection in 2012 and 2013. The 2015 team has not been selected.

Stephenson made national news this spring when she was named first-team all-state at the 4A level in boys and girls golf. She is believed to be the first female golfer to be named first-team all-state in the boys division. Stephenson won the 4A State Championship in the girls division by three shots.  She shot a 147 total to finish fifth and earn all-state honors in the boys division on May 19.

Overall, Stephenson is a six-time all-state selection, five in the girls division and once in the boys. She helped the Lexington High School women to three straight 4A state championships.