When Clemson announced it was adding golf as a women's sport, Larry Penley said he expected the Tigers to be immediately competitive at the highest level.
J.T. Horton echoed Penley's assessment when he was named as head coach of the women's program.
Based on two years of top-flight recruiting, Golfweek concurs.
Clemson is ranked No. 21 in the publication's preseason top 30, which is being counted down daily on Golfweek website.
"Clemson hasn’t played a single collegiate tournament and starts its inaugural season with an all-freshman roster, but with the recruiting head coach J.T. Horton has done, expect the Tigers to make an immediate impact in the Atlantic Coast Conference and maybe even nationally," wrote the editors "Ashlan Ramsey won four amateur titles – the Georgia Women’s Match Play, Women’s Eastern Amateur, Women’s Western Amateur and Georgia Women's Amateur – this summer and is ranked No. 1 in Golfweek's world amateur rankings.
"Ramsey, who doesn't turn 18 until December, also was runner-up at the Women's Trans Amateur, reached the quarterfinals of the North & South Women's Amateur and advanced to match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
"McKenzie Talbert, Jessica Hoang and Sloan Shanahan join Ramsey as the Tigers' other true freshmen. All four were ranked among Golfweek's top 45 in the Class of 2013 when they signed last fall. They fill out a roster that also includes redshirt freshmen Lauren Salazar and Taylor Ramsey, Ashley's sister, both of whom enrolled last year."
North Carolina State made the preseason top-30 at the No. 27 spot, while South Carolina is ranked 20th. The top 19 spots have not yet been announced.
Duke finished last season's rankings No. 2 behind Southern California, while North Carolina was 17th, NC State 20th, Wake Forest 37th and FSU 42nd.