Well golf fans, we have just crossed into the second half of the LPGA season. With 18 events under the belt and 16 to go… there is still a lot of golf to be played. American LPGA Rookie Ashlan Ramsey knows this. After playing just one year of college golf for the Clemson Tigers and a partial year on the Symetra Tour, Ashlan battled her way onto the LPGA by earning herself an eighth place finish at last year’s Final Stage of Qualifying School.
The Clemson Tiger is no stranger to golf success. During her Freshman year, from August of 2013 to June of 2014, Ashlan was the top-ranked amateur in the world. Later that year, she helped team USA take down the Great Britain and Ireland squad in the Curtis Cup. Her senior year ending first place finish in driving accuracy at 94% no doubt helped her team to the victory.
With two career college victories (the Lady Paladin and Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational) in just one year of college golf as well as earning Clemson’s lowest scoring average, Ashlan was a leading force for the Tigers. She backed that up by turning professional straight out of school and competing in 10 Symetra Tour events with a career best T11th.
Rookie seasons on the LPGA are notoriously tough. The far off travel, rigorous schedule, and killer competition makes for a lot of learning. With only two cuts made so far this year on tour, I’m sure Ashlan is looking for a big second half of the season. With her determined spirit and proven game, I wouldn’t be surprised to see her second half of the season start to show the results of the work she has put in. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of time to get adjusted and womensgolf.com wishes her nothing but the best in getting there!
I had the pleasure to catch up with Ashlan and hear about some of her LPGA highs and lows this season as well as some other fun facts about her. Please enjoy getting to know a few tidbits about this LPGA American Rookie as much as I did!
What has been the best part about being on the LPGA this year?
I have really enjoyed the experience and getting to play so many different courses. The travel is tough at times but I have learned so much about myself and my golf game. It definitely has made me use my time wisely and know when I need to rest.
What has been the most challenging part about this season?
I think the most challenging thing has been trying not to change too much. Looking back on the season so far, I tried not to change anything but little things along the way kind of lead you away from the things you were doing to make it on tour.
What’s your favorite golf course out on Tour?
I really enjoyed the atmosphere in Rogers, Arkansas at Pinnacle Country Club. The members were so welcoming and really excited to have us at their course. It was really hot but it was a great atmosphere.
You had an awesome college career at Clemson. Best part about college? Did you have any time to enjoy the football games?
I’m a huge college football fan so going to a good football school was a great experience. I don’t get to keep in touch with too many of the athletes I met while I was there but we really all are a Clemson family and support each other. It was cool to have the support of fellow student athletes and become a part of a big athletic program.
How do you hit so many fairways?
Thank you! My driver has actually been much more inconsistent this season than in the past. I really feel like (historically) my driver has always been a strength because I don’t hit it far, I can normally stay out of trouble.
What was the biggest thing you learned from playing in the Curtis Cup?
I felt honored to have had that experience. I worked extremely hard to make the team, so when the tournament came around I was just trying to cherish the experience and take in the advice from our captain, Ellen Port. She taught me so much about myself and I really learned how to dig deep within myself and make my own fate that week. It takes a lot of strength to play a lot of golf in such a short amount of time so you really had to be tough mentally.
You won the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational (where I went to school and played!)…how was that?!
It was awesome! I had always heard how great of an event it is and it did not disappoint. I played against some really good girls that week and I just remember how good it felt to get my second college win and keep building on the positive momentum.
What is your hometown, Milledgeville, Georgia like?
I am from Milledgeville originally but I spent 8 years in Augusta- so basically all of elementary school. I learned how to play golf, watch golf and I learned about the history of the game. I was fortunate to be around a lot of welcoming members at my course that still follow my progress to this day.
What is your go to outfit for Sunday rounds?
I always wear red white and blue on sundays. It is important to me to represent the United States and I am very proud to be a young American out on the LPGA!
Word on the street is that you are a fantastic cook? Best dish?
You find all the good information! I like to make Spaghetti (which is really easy) but if I’m in the mood to really spend some time in the kitchen I prefer baking. I make really good cupcakes and brownies!
How difficult has it been to fund a year on the LPGA?
It has been a lot harder than I thought to fund my expenses. I am very thankful for my sponsors; Skechers Performance, PING, Titleist, and Sandlapper Securities who have helped me tremendously throughout the year. I am still encountering new expenses every week and it is definitely not easy to get your footing on the LPGA. Making paychecks doesn’t come as easy as it may seem.
What are some of your golf goals over the next few years?
I have really been working hard this year. My results don’t show the work and commitment I have put in which is disappointing but I am in this for the long haul. I am going to continue to stay positive and trust in my process. I know things will be on the upswing as long as I continue to put the time and trust into my game!
That sounds like a plan! Thank you, Ashlan Ramsey, for checking in with us at womensgolf.com and good luck with the second half of your rookie year!
Allie White from Lancaster, Ohio, is a professional golfer and golf journalist. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Journalism at Ohio University. With four years of experience on the Symetra Tour, a cut-made at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open, and a 2016 Ohio Open Championship, White hopes to continue her golf career during her academic breaks.
My two biggest golf dreams are to play in Toledo Ohio’s LPGA event and to make it back to another US Open. I’m still hunting for that first hole in one!”
Feature photo: Scott A. Miller / Symetra Tour