Ashlan Ramsey closes amateur career with Curtis Cup crown

Women's Golf - Ashlan Ramsey

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Women's Golf - Ashlan Ramsey

Clemson, S.C.—Former Clemson golfer Ashlan Ramsey posted a 1-1-1 record over the weekend to help the United States to a 13-7 victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the 38th Curtis Cup. The event that was held at St. Louis Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri, is held every two years and features the top women’s amateur players from the United States against amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland.

Earlier this spring Ramsey, a freshman at Clemson this past year, announced she would turn professional after the Curtis Cup. Sunday, Ramsey finished her amateur career with a 1-up loss to Gemma Dryburgh or Great Britain and Ireland. Dryburgh made a 30 foot birdie putt on the last hole to close out the match.

Earlier this weekend, Ramsey competed in a pair of foursomes matches. Saturday she teamed with Alison Lee to defeat Charlotte Thomas and Dryburgh 2 and 1, and on Friday teamed with Lee to halve a foursomes match against Stephanie Meadows and Georgia Hall.

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fasttiger44#293363 writes:

I still find it hard to believe this girl is quitting college and turning pro at her age with such a bight future for herself at the college level. Maybe she isn't an 18 year old freshman but, she was in her first year at Clemson so you have to make an educated guess she was a true freshman academically and with her eligibility for sports. She is making the biggest mistake of her young life. This, of course, is my personal opinion and everyone has an opinion. I wish her well and hope she plays to her potential on the tour when and if she gets there. I find it still hard to believe she is giving up her college days to turn pro. Maybe she is still going to go to school one semester until she gets her degree. I hope she does. Good luck to you, Ashlan.

Caddydaddy writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

I still find it hard to believe this girl is quitting college and turning pro at her age with such a bight future for herself at the college level. Maybe she isn't an 18 year old freshman but, she was in her first year at Clemson so you have to make an educated guess she was a true freshman academically and with her eligibility for sports. She is making the biggest mistake of her young life. This, of course, is my personal opinion and everyone has an opinion. I wish her well and hope she plays to her potential on the tour when and if she gets there. I find it still hard to believe she is giving up her college days to turn pro. Maybe she is still going to go to school one semester until she gets her degree. I hope she does. Good luck to you, Ashlan.

Thank you for your opinion. She came to Clemson wanting to be a professional golfer and never hid that fact. Yes she is 18. College golf is not the same as Amateur golf or professional golf. Calling her decision the "biggest mistake of her life". Not hardly. She can always go back to school. The face of the LPGA is changing rapidly.

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

in response to Caddydaddy:

Thank you for your opinion. She came to Clemson wanting to be a professional golfer and never hid that fact. Yes she is 18. College golf is not the same as Amateur golf or professional golf. Calling her decision the "biggest mistake of her life". Not hardly. She can always go back to school. The face of the LPGA is changing rapidly.

Yes, she can come back to college anytime she wants to but she will never be able to play college golf again. And losing those young years with her friends will make college much different. I graduated from Clemson when I was 46 and believe me, it was different. I couldn't believe I was ever as goofy as the kids in my class were and I still to this day do not think I was when I was 18 or 19. Anyway, I hope she succeeds on the tour. She has the talent, that's for sure.

Caddydaddy writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

Yes, she can come back to college anytime she wants to but she will never be able to play college golf again. And losing those young years with her friends will make college much different. I graduated from Clemson when I was 46 and believe me, it was different. I couldn't believe I was ever as goofy as the kids in my class were and I still to this day do not think I was when I was 18 or 19. Anyway, I hope she succeeds on the tour. She has the talent, that's for sure.

I think that was one of the points of leaving was to get away from college golf. Ever going back is not a option. As for friends, she has plenty but even they realize she is different and needed to move on away from the college environment and pursue her dreams. There are people that are just different and the NCAA has built a monopoly that the US has bought into that says all kids must go to college and then turn professional. Believe it or not but people are successful in other parts of the world and they do not have the NCAA telling them what or how to progress to the pro level. I am passionate about college athletics of all kind but it is a joke to tell anyone that you have to play golf in college to be successful as a professional. College kids play less golf than high school kids that practice on their own trying to earn that scholarship. So yes she is missing out on the drinking, partying, late night study sessions and term papers. Instead she is doing what she loves and playing golf. Learning to travel on her own, play 6 weeks in a row and manage her time and money. The goal is to be ahead of the curve in 3 more years when she would have started this journey after 4 years at Clemson. She believes she will come out better turning pro now. She does not expect to step onto the LPGA tomorrow and start finishing top 10. And she notified Clemson last November she was leaving so that they could recruit a transfer. 2 other freshman left ACC schools the day after Nationals. They notified their coaches by email who had no idea they were even considering leaving. You will see this happen many many times in womens college golf. The LPGA is changing and will not get older, only younger.

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