Clemson's Ramsey to turn pro after Curtis Cup
Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey is ready for the next step in her golf career.
The freshman from Milledgeville, Ga., will not return to school in the fall, instead opting to turn professional after her appearance in the Curtis Cup at St. Louis Country Club in June.
“I feel like I came into college with a very open mind,” Ramsey said. “I tried to get off to a good start and have a good run at Clemson, but I kind of thought, my game isn’t exactly where it wanted to be. … I wasn’t accomplishing the things I wanted to.”
Ramsey didn’t realize how tough being a full-time student-athlete was going to be, she conceded. She informed head coach J.T. Horton, assistant coach Janine Fellows and teammates of her decision in December.
“I told them the direction I wanted to go in and it was tough, but I know this is the right decision (for me),” Ramsey said. “I want to stay involved with the program (Clemson) and still be a positive influence for the team even though I’m not playing. … I love it here at Clemson.”
Ramsey will participate in the team’s three remaining tournaments – the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, the NCAA regionals and the NCAA Championship. Between the NCAA regionals and NCAA Championship, she will play in the LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship on a sponsor exemption.
She also intends to play in the U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifier May 29 at Carolina Trace Country Club's Lake Course in Sanford, N.C.
Ramsey has six top 10s in nine starts for the Tigers in their inaugural season, including victories at the Lady Paladin and the Ruth Chris Tar Heel Invitational. She has compiled a 72.15 stroke average.
Ramsey struggled with her play early this spring after she and instructor Todd Anderson worked on a major swing change over Christmas break in Sea Island, Ga.
“I definitely have a lot to work on before next level,” Ramsey said. “It’s going to be a busy couple of months.”
She added that Anderson has been “encouraging about her decision and has always been there to help, my go-to person.”
Ramsey, 18, has no other LPGA or Symetra Tour sponsor exemptions, but she has written letters to a few tournaments requesting spots. She also plans on playing in the LPGA and Ladies European Tour Q-Schools in the fall.
“I’m ready to get to work,” said Ramsey, who is No. 21 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. “I’m really excited for the future.”