Lexington High’s Lauren Stephenson is the star of the Clemson women’s 2015 signing class.
Tigers golf coach J.T. Horton also announced the signing of Alice Hewson of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire in England. They will join the Tigers in August.
“This is an exciting day for our women’s golf program at Clemson,” Horton said. “Lauren and Alice are two outstanding players who will bring an immediate impact to our team. They bring a wealth of experience and each is capable of winning a tournament at any time. Their games are dynamic.”
Stephenson is ranked No. 3 nationally among 2014 juniors by Golfweek. She was named a first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2014, her third appearance on the Rolex Junior All-American team.
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Stephenson won the AJGA Girls Championship, the Wells Fargo Junior Classic and the WSCGA Junior Girls’ State Championship in 2014, a year in which she had no finishes below 23rd. She also finished ninth in the junior PGA Championship and made it to the round of 32 in the U.S. Women’s Amateur and round of 16 at the North & South Amateur at Pinehurst. She has qualified for the U.S. Girls Junior Championship three times.
At Lexington, Stephenson helped propel her team to three consecutive 4A South Carolina state girls’ titles. She won the state individual title in both 2013 and 2014 and was named to the all-state team five times and the all-region team six times. She was the 4A high school South Carolina state Player of the Year twice and the Region 5-4A Player of the Year five times. She is a member of the National Honor Society at Lexington High.
“Lauren is, without question, one of best players in the country, as is proven with her accomplishments and ranking,” Horton said. “Lauren has an amazing calmness when she plays the game, with an uncanny ability to shoot low scores. She is extremely talented and her confidence is contagious.”
Hewson is ranked No. 71 in the world amateur golf rankings. She has competed as part of the English National Team at both the girls and women’s level. Hewson has individual victories in 2014 at the Crtichley Salver (at Sunningdale) and the St. Rule (at St. Andrews).