The Clemson women’s golf program added two players at the semester break. One was expected and the other was a bit of a surprise. Kennedy Swann from Austin, Texas and Ashley Czarnecki of Mauldin, by way of Wofford College, are the newest members of the team. Both golfers are eligible to play for the Tigers this spring and have freshman status.
Coach Kelley Hester received a commitment from Kennedy Swann of Texas to keep the pledge she made to the former coaching staff at Clemson. Swann was scheduled to enter school in the spring semester and has started classes at Clemson.
Swann has played in many of the top junior events in Texas and had success. This past fall she was the runner-up at the Texas Girls Invitational. She also finished second at the Jordan Spieth Championship and second at the Texas 6A state tournament. In 2013 as a 14 year old, Swann won the US Kids World Championship at Pinehurst.
The other new addition is a transfer from Wofford College. Ashley Czarnecki, the CGA junior girls Player of the Year in 2015 has joined the team at Clemson. Czarnecki played as a freshman for Wofford last fall before deciding to transfer to Clemson.
Czarnecki had a great senior year in high school at Mauldin. She won the SCJGA Beth Daniel Junior Girls Golfer of the Year Award. During the year she won championships at the CGA South Carolina Match Play, the Cobb’s Glen Junior, The Upstate Junior, The WSCGA Girls State Championship and the George Holliday Classic. She was also the runner-up in the SCHSL AAAA championship.
The Clemson women’s team will begin play in February at the UCF Challenge in Orlando, Florida. Local golf fans will be able to see the Tigers play in the Upstate when they host the Clemson Invitational starting on March 31st at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.