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McKenzie Talbert
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McKenzie Talbert 1667939
Height: 5'5"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Edgefield, S.C.
High School: Strom Thurmond
Major: Communication Studies
Experience: 2 Letters

Overall:  Returning two-year starter who has played in all 20 tournaments and 59 rounds the Tigers have played the last two years…enters the spring of 2016 with a 77.44 career stroke average…has played 21 tournaments and 62 career rounds…has two top 10 finishes, and seven rounds at par or better…has 27 rounds at 75 or better.had career best round of 69 at Florida State Matchup on February 16, 2014…that gave her a sixth place finish at that event, career best finish for 54 hole event.

Fall 2015:  Played in the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. in the fall…had second round 74 that was the best among Tigers that day….

 In 2014-15:  Played all nine tournaments and 27 rounds as a sophomore…six of the rounds she played as an individual…had season best 221 score at the Schooner Fall Classic in Oklahoma…she was Clemson’s second best player at that tournament…that included a season best 72 in the third round…had solid finish to the season at the ACC Tournament with second round 75 and third round 74…her 149 total for the final 36 holes ranked second best behind Marisa Messana’s 145 total…had 77.4 stroke average in final round, three shots better than opening round…had 30 birdies for the season and her score counted in 16 of 21 rounds when playing for the Tigers team…hit the fairway 66 percent of her drives…averaged 30.43 putts per round…had best round of the day twice in 2014-15,  the third round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl when she had a 75, and final round at Rebel Intercollegiate when she had a 74.

In 2013-14:  Third on the team in scoring average at 75.53...Started in every tournament this year and has a pair of top 10's and four top 13 finishes...Had seven rounds of par or better, tied for third best on the team...had a season best round of 69 at the Florida State Match-Up in the last round of the first tournament of the spring...helped Clemson team to a second-place finish at that event and Talbert finished sixth, her best finish in a full field event of the year...shot a 216, her best tournament vs. par this year... third individually in three-team Battle of the Valley at Sage Valley in March...her score has counted 28 of 32 rounds this year and she has had the best score of the day five times.....Clemson's top player at Sage Valley with 151 two round score...first Clemson player to record an eagle, and one of three players to finish with an eagle, though she finished with the most of anyone with two...has also added 63 birdies...has reached fairway on her drives 83.1% of the time to help Clemson team to number-one ranking nationally in that statistic at 87.5%...second on team in fewest putts per round with 31.33...second on the team in scoring average on par three holes with 3.17 figure....Finished the season ranked #182 by Golfweek and #187 by Golfstat.
Prior to Clemson:  Second team AJGA All-American in 2010 and honorable mention in 2011...qualified for the 2013 U.S. Amateur in Charleston...named to he 2011 Ping Junior Solheim Cup US Team along with Ashlan Ramsey...three-time Carolinas Golf Player of the Year...three-time Champion of the Carolinas/Georgia Junior Golf Championship...had three top five finishes in AJGA events in summer of 2012...had four top 15s in 2011...won the Sea Pines Junior Heritage in 2011...three time CPGA Charles Tilghman Junior Champion...born Feb. 28, 1995.
Talbert Tournament-by-Tournament 2013-2014
9/8-10 Cougar Classic 76-72-73 +5 221 37
9/20-22 Lady Paladin 72-74-73 +3 219 12
10/11-13 Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel 81-74-74 +13 229 68
10/25-27 Landfall Tradition 78-75-70 +7 223 13
2/14-16 Florida St. Match-Up 72-75-69 E 216 6
2/24-25 Allstate Sugar Bowl 72-71-74 +1 217 22
3/9 Battle of the Valley 74-77 +7 151 3
3/24-25 Briar’s Creek 78-76-71 +9 225 22
3/28-30 Bryan National 75-79-82 +20 236 67
4/17-19 ACC Tournament 80-79-82 +28 241 49
5/8-10 NCAA West Regional 76-83-80 +23 239 87

Q: Who is the biggest influence in your life and why?
A: My dad. He's helped me through everything in life and I couldn't have done it without his continuous support. He has sacrificed so much for me in his life. 

Q: What is something you can't live without? 
A: Sweet tea

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

Q: What would you tell a student-athlete considering Clemson? 
A: You won't have a better college experience than at Clemson. You will be surrounded by people who care about you. Everyone is family and you will feel right at home!

Q: What is your favorite Clemson tradition? 
A: Football Running Down "The Hill" before each game.

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

Q: What is your most memorable shot? 
A: 2011, 6-iron in final round of Junior Heritage at Harbour Town. I hit the shot in a stiff wind to three feet, made birdie, and won the tournament by 1. 

Q: What is your biggest accomplishment so far in golf? 
A: Playing for Team USA in the 2011 Ping Junior Solheim Cup

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