The Union Recorder


April 23, 2014

Ramsey turning professional

Top amateur golfer, JMA alum leaving college

MILLEDGEVILLE — One year of college golf is enough for Ashlan Ramsey.

The freshman Clemson University women’s golf team member decided last week she wouldn’t return to the institution next year. Ramsey is turning professional in June.

Golfweek’s No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, the title held since last summer, is ready to fully focus on making the LPGA Tour.

She helped the first-ever Clemson women’s golf program establish a competitive foundation this season. Leaving teammates won’t be easy.

Ramsey told team members and coaches her plan.

“They were all honest with me saying they expected me to leave early just not this early. It’s hard to leave them, but I feel like I can develop my game more and work on more specific things through (the professional) avenue,” Ramsey said. “Being a student-athlete was definitely harder than expected.”

Ramsey leads the Clemson team in stroke average with a 72.4 figure through 10 tournaments.

She has six top 10 collegiate finishes, including medalist honors at the Lady Paladin Invitational and the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational. She was a runner-up at the Cougar Classic and the Bryan National Collegiate and finished third at the Florida State Match-up.

Ramsey became a better person at Clemson.

“I’m happy that I went and at least tried it and had a really great experience,” she said.

The 2013 Georgia State Player of the Year will finish out the post-season through May and make June’s Curtis Cup held in St. Louis, Mo. her final amateur event.

The Curtis Cup pits the best eight U.S. amateurs against their counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland.

Ramsey then wants to devote all of her time to the professional golf dream.

“I’m excited about getting to work on my game and focusing all my energy on that for right now,” she said.

She’s making a “swing change” that hasn’t had time to settle in with the hectic college golf spring schedule.

Parents, Al and Carla, and sister, Taylor, support the decision.

Taylor also plays golf for Clemson.

“I want something different, and they support that,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey got her second LPGA major start earlier this month at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She missed the cut but learned a lot.

“I had good yardages and course management, but my ball striking needs to get more consistent to play at the next level,” Ramsey said.

The soon-to-be pro golfer received one of two sponsor’s exemption into the Kingsmill Championship May 12-18 in Williamsburg, Va.

She will try for more LPGA exemptions throughout the year and spend time on the developmental Symetra Tour.

“I have a lot of work to do on my game on top of trying to get experience before Q-School in the fall,” Ramsey said. “I plan to do LPGA Q-School and then European Q-School.”

Ramsey won’t forget the Clemson Tigers.

“It was cool to start of the program. Even after I leave, I’m hoping to still be a part of Clemson and involved in the program,” she said.

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