The Clemson women’s golf program is five year’s old has improved every year. This year the Tigers progress was measured by their best finish in the ACC championship.
Clemson came in third place, one shot behind Florida State, in the championship played at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.
“I am very proud of the girls, “ said Clemson coach Kelley Hester. “We were seeded ninth and finished third so it should give us confidence for the NCAAs,” she said.
Tournament favorite Duke dominated the tournament winning the individual title by 27 shots.
The Blue Devils also took home the individual title when Leona Maguire defeated teammate Jarauer Roonchant in a three hole playoff for medalist honors.
The Tigers finished at 13 over par for the 54 hole event. The final day the team battled the Seminoles for the second spot as well as some difficult weather and course conditions.
“This is a hard course and the weather today made it even tougher, but we fought all day,” said Hester. “We and Florida State both wish we had given Duke more of a challenge, but we had quite a battle for second,” she said.
Clemson needed a pair of birdies on the final hole to get within one of FSU. Alice Hewson and Kennedy Swann made birdies and both earned top-10 finishes.
Hewson saved her best round for the last round. The Clemson junior moved up 13 places in the individual standings to ninth place after shooting a 4-under par 68. Hewson improved by 11 shots from her struggles in the second round and did not have a bogey in the final round.
“I knew Alice would play better today. She showed what she was capable of doing. We told her and all the girls just to go out and have fun,” said Hester.
The average score for the 60 players in the final round was 75 and Hewson was one of just two players to shoot in the 60s
Swann finished at 2-over par in a tie for tenth place. Senior Sydney Legacy, who had been in the top-5 for the first two rounds, shot a 3-over par 75 in the final round and finished in a tie for twelfth place.
“This tournament was very good preparation for the NCAA Tournament. It was like playing in a regional,” concluded Hester.
The Tigers will get their NCAA Regional assignment when the women’s field is announced on the Golf Channel on April 25th at 5:30 pm.