The Clemson women's golf team is ready to hit the ground running.
Coach J.T. Horton on Thursday announced the signing of the nation's top 50 junior players for Clemson's inaugural team, which will begin play next fall.
The newest Tigers are Ashlan Ramsey of John Milledge Academy in Milledgeville, Ga.; Jessica Hoang of North Augusta High School in North Augusta, S.C.; McKenzie Talbert of Strom Thurmond High School in North Augusta, S.C.; and Sloan Shanahan of Lambert High School in Suwanee, Ga.
The four newcomers will join Lauren Salazar and Taylor Ramsey, who signed last fall and are already enrolled at Clemson.
"This is a wonderful day for Clemson athletics and our golf program as a whole,” said Horton. “By adding these four young ladies along with Taylor and Lauren, we are putting together a very strong team to represent this great university in the women’s college golf world. I can’t wait to have everyone here and begin competing next fall."
Ashlan Ramsey is the sister of current Clemson women’s golfer Taylor Ramsey. She is one of just eight players nationally who has been named a first-team AJGA All-American each of the last two years. This past summer she finished second at the United States Public Links Championships and played in the Junior Solheim Cup for the United States team. She is ranked sixth in the nation by Golfweek and third by Polo Golf Ranking for the 2013 recruiting class.
Talbert was a second-team AJGA All-American in 2010. Ranked 22nd in the latest Golfweek Junior American rankings, she is a three-time winner of the South Carolina Junior Golf Association’s Beth Daniel Player of the Year Award. She has also been the Carolinas Golf Junior Player of the Year three times. She is also a three-time winner of the State 3A Championship in South Carolina.
Shanahan is ranked 40th in the nation for the 2013 class according to Golfweek. She had four top 10 finishes in 2012, including a sixth-place at the Carolinas/Georgia Junior Championship, eighth at CSGA Girls Junior Championship, seventh at SCGA Beth Daniel Junior Azalea and ninth place at AJGA Girls Championship. She was a three-time region champion as well.
Hoang is ranked 45th by Golfweek among Juniors nationally. She had a strong 2012 season on the AJGA circuit with five top 15 finishes. She also had five top 10s in 2011, including a victory at the E-Z-Go Vaughan Taylor Championship in July. She won four tournaments in 2011, including the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.