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Tigers sign top 15 junior girl

Valdes AP clemson 2The Clemson women’s golf program signed one of the top junior golfers in the country on the first day of the fall signing period.

Tigers coach J.T. Horton announced that Ana Paula Valdes, originally from Morelia, Mexico will play for Clemson next year.

“She is absolutely one of the best players in the country of Mexico or the United States. She has proven that she can win at any level as evident by winning the Porter Cup this summer and partnering up to win the Spirit Cup last month,” said Horton, in a release on the Clemson website.

Valdes now lives in Howery in the Hills, Florida but came to the US at the age of 14 and was schooled at the International Junior Golf Academy at Hilton Head, Is.

Her junior career includes a pair of wins in the Junior Heritage at Hilton Head, an amateur victory at the Women’s Porter Cup last spring. She has played in several USGA Championships including last year’s USGA Women’s Amateur.

Valdes was named a second team Rolex AJGA All-American. She is among the top-ten 2016 signees in several rankings. Currently she is ranked 14th in the AJGA rankings and 12th in Golfweek’s rankings.

“From a golf standpoint, I chose Clemson because of the passion and competitiveness within the golf team and coaches. The more I got to know them the more I saw myself as a perfect fit for the team, a team that is constantly pushing one another and helping each other grow, not only as players, but as people as well,” Valdes said on the Clemson website.

Valdes first gained attention for her golf game when she was just 13 and qualified to play in the LPGA Tour event in Mexico.

The newest Tiger becomes the second international player signed by the program. Last year Alice Hewson of the United Kingdom joined the Clemson team. Hewson got off to a great start winning or sharing medalist honors in her first two fall events.


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