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Lauren Salazar
Player Profile:
Lauren Salazar 963437
Height: 5'4"
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Santa Clara, Calif.
High School: Archbishop Mitty
Major: Marketing & Financial Mgmt.
Experience: 2 Letters

Overview:  In her third year as a starter in 2015-16, she has played in all 20 tournaments the last two years…starter on Clemson’s 2014 NCAA Tournament team as a freshman…had career best second round 70 at the Schooner Fall Classic on October 5, 2014…entering the spring of 2016, the three-year starter is veteran of 23 tournaments and 68 rounds, tied for the most among active Tigers…has 75.69 career stroke average, second best among active players in at least their second year…has three career top 10s and 13 rounds at par or better…has 33 career rounds at 75 or better, second among activecareer best tournament is 217 at same event…two time Academic All-ACC selection.

Fall 2015: Played in three of the four events in the fall and had a 77.11 stroke average…had her best round of the fall at Yale where she had a final round 71 to help Clemson to a second-place finish…tied for best round of the day among Clemson golfers at Yale in that final round, helping Clemson to a 287 team score on the par 71 course…finished 20th at Yale with a 225 score…showed improvement that entire event as her scores improved from 78-76-71…finished the fall with a 73 in final round at Landfall Tradition…she was counter on a day when Clemson had a 285 team score, best team round of the fall and second best in Clemson history….had 12 birdies for the fall and her score counted in seven of nine rounds she played…hit the fairway .845 of the time and hit .657 greens in regulation…had 73.67 stroke average in final rounds, fourth best on the team…

 In 2014-15:  Clemson’s top golfer in terms of stroke average as a sophomore with a 75.89 average for her nine tournaments and 27 rounds…never broke par, but had team best five rounds at even par…had team best 14 rounds at 75 or better…had career best 70 at Schooner Fall Classic at University of Oklahoma…best tournament score of the year was 217 at Schooner, that was also the low 54-hole score by any Clemson player in 2014-15…best finish of the year was 22nd place the Puerto Rico Classic, she had second round 72 and final round 74 for a 223 score…finished 29th at ACC Tournament with a 222 score, six-over-par… she had a pair of even par rounds of 72 in that tournament, the only Tiger with a pair of rounds at par or better in the same tournament in 2014-15…shot +7 or better in three tournaments, the only Tiger to do that… had 75.9 stroke average in the first rounds and 76.3 in the final rounds…had team best 4.29 stroke average on par four holes…had 39 birdies for the year, third on the team…score counted in 24 of the 27 rounds she played….had the best score of the round in 12 of the 27 team rounds, more than any other player…had the best tournament among Tigers three times (Schooner, Stanford and Puerto Rico), the three tournaments were in succession…drove ball in fairway 86 percent of the time, second best on the team…hit GIR 54 percent of the time…averaged 29.88 putts per round, second best on the team.

In 2013-14:   Only player on Clemson team who has  lower stroke average in spring as compared to fall...had a 75.5 average for the fall and had a 75.0 for the spring...her 75.56 stroke average for the year is fourth on the team, but just one total shots away from McKenzie Talbert's total for the year...has seven rounds at par or better for the year, four in the spring and three in the fall...had three top 10s in the spring...seventh at Florida State Match-Up with 219 final score, eighth at the Battle of the Valley and seventh at the Briar's Creek Invitational with 220...never shot in the 60s, but had four rounds at 70 or 71...shot 74 in first round at Sage Valley, tied with McKenzie Talbert for the best round by a Tiger at that event...Clemson's best player at Briar's Creek with her 220 total after rounds of 70-75-75...Clemson's second best player for three straight tournaments, The Battle of the Valley, Briar's Creek Invitational and the Bryan National Collegiate in the spring...among Clemson's top three in six of the last seven events and eight of the 11 tournaments this year...third on  the team in birdies with 66...her score has counted in 29 of 32 rounds, including 21 of the last 22...hit it in the fairway on 76.7%  of her drives and reached green in regulation 65% of the time...Finished the season ranked #171 by Golfstat and #196 by Golfweek...Came to Clemson for the 2012-13 season and red-shirted....so was the only player in her second year at Clemson in the lineup for the NCAAs.
Prior to Clemson:  Four-year letter winner in golf at Archbishop Mitty High School...qualified for the USGA Junior Girls Championship in 2010 and 2011...Future Collegian World Tour All-American in 2008 and 2010...selected first-team All-League as well as the All-San Jose Mercury News Team in 2008 and 2010...led Archbishop Mitty to Central Coast Section Championships after second place finish in 2010...had 12 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Top 10 Finishes, eight top five finishes and two championships in her career as a junior...won medalist honors at the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier in 2011 and Lockton Kansas City Junior in 2009...her victory at The Greenbrier included a final round 65 when she overcame a three-shot deficit with eight birdies in the final round...also had third-place finish at AJGA Junior at Oxmoor Valley and was sixth at the AJGA Steelwood...had five top 15 finishes in AJGA events in 2010, including a fourth place at the Greenbriar...so had two top four finishes his last two years at The Greenbriar...had eight top five finishes in her AJGA Junior Career...first team all-league at Archbishop Mitty High School in 2008 and 2010....majoring in finance at Clemson...born June 2, 1994.

Salazar Tournament-by-Tournament Results 2013-2014

9/8-10 Cougar Classic 71-72-75 +2 218 19

9/20-22 Lady Paladin 78-73-76 +11 227 31

10/11-13 Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel 76-71-81 +12 228 64

10/25-27 Landfall Tradition 82-74-77 +17 233 52

2/14-16 Florida St. Match-Up 77-72-70 +3 219 7

2/24-25 Allstate Sugar Bowl 76-72-74 +6 222 49

3/9 Battle of the Valley 74-80 +10 154 8

3/24-25 Briar’s Creek 70-75-75 +4 220 7

3/28-30 Bryan National 77-75-79 +15 231 33

4/17-19 ACC Tournament 75-83-74 +19 232 37

5/8-10 NCAA West Regional 76-77-81 +18 234 58

Q: Who is the biggest influence in your life?
A: My father. He inspires me everyday to be the best that I can be. 

Q: Do you have any hidden talents? 
A: When I was little I was known as the "Hula-Hoop Queen."

Q: What one word would you pick to describe yourself? 
A: Confident

Q: What made Clemson stand out to you? 
A: I was drawn by the fact it was the first women's golf team ever. It's not often you get a chance to be a part of history. I saw the potential of the Clemson program and I want a chance to be on the first national championship team in the school's history.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time in Clemson?
A: Go to other sporting events and go out to eat.

Q: What would you tell a student -athlete considering Clemson?
A: You won't find a better university than Clemson when it comes to support, whether it is from the tutoring center, the coaches, trainers, or the fans. 

Q: What one word would you pick to describe Coach Horton? 
A: Motivating

Q: What is your most memorable shot? 
A: All three of my hole in ones are pretty special. I can't pick one over the other. 

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