Player Diary: Ashlan Ramsey (Part 12)
I’ve had a great start to my first semester as a college athlete. It’s been very busy around here since I last wrote, between our second tournament of the season, my first exams, workouts and practice.
Coming off of our second place win in Charleston, we definitely needed to make the most of our week at home and get some productive practice in before the Lady Paladin Invitational at Furman University. After losing the individual title and the team title by one shot in Charleston, it was hard not to dwell on the missed opportunities. Instead, I chose to use those negatives and turn them into positives by working hard to make sure I don’t make the same mistakes again. The important thing is for me to keep doing the positive things that will get me back in the same position again.
To get ready for our event, we really tried to prepare both mentally and physically to ensure that we were moving in the right direction. As a team, we worked on a lot of short game and especially putting. I like doing drills to help gain confidence on the greens. I do a lot of lag putting and green reading drills to make sure that I am fully prepared for an event.
We left for Furman on Wednesday which is only about 45 minutes from Clemson so it was not a bad drive at all. Most of the girls on our team had played the course a few times before so we knew what to expect going into the weekend. It was so awesome to be so close to Clemson so that our friends, family, and fans could all come out and support us. The amount of people that came to cheer us on was overwhelming. It was a great feeling standing up on the tee box and seeing all of the orange and purple supporting us.
I had a good first round shooting a 68 with no bogeys on the card. I have worked hard on eliminating mistakes and it was a good feeling having my work pay off. My teammate, Sloan Shanahan shot a 69 to help get us off to a good start. I finished off the weekend with rounds of 71, 70 to finish 7 under par which was good enough to win the tournament! Winning on a collegiate level so soon was a lot of fun. I found out after the tournament that I had broken the 42-year-old scoring record for the event. It was awesome to get the first individual win ever for the Clemson Women’s golf team! I came to Clemson to be part of a new program and to set records for others that come behind me to break. I’m proud that this accomplishment will always stand at Clemson University.
Now that we are back at school, we are on our normal schedule again. A day in the life of a student athlete is definitely a rewarding job. There is a lot more that goes into it than most people think but it’s worth it to be a part of such an amazing university and to experience my sport on a team level. A typical week for me includes class on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30-10:45; and afternoon classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We have practice morning or afternoon depending on our schedule for that day and workouts after our practice. I have taken advantage of the tutors Clemson provides which takes up another 5-7 hours a week in addition to our study hall time.
One of the things I like the best about Clemson is that our practice facility is on campus and close to my apartment, so that we can go practice whenever we want. For me, this has been so useful because I like to make sure I get my studying done during the day and then unwind with a night practice under the lights. It’s peaceful and rewarding hitting balls at night when there are no distractions and my concentration level is at its highest.
Our next tournament is in two weeks at UNC Chapel Hill. We are still looking forward to our first team win!
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda