Overview: Entered Clemson in January of 2017….first midyear enrollee as a true freshman in history of the program…continuing a tradition of Clemson athletes who made the jump from high school to playing for the Tigers in the second semester…baseball player Seth Beer did it in 2016 and was National Player of the Year…. comes to Clemson from Austin, Texas where she had a lot of experience in national AJGA events….made her mark in first career event, helping Tigers to championship of the UCF Challenge.
Fall 2017: Played in three of the four tournaments and had a 76.22 stroke average…had two rounds in the 60s at the Schooner Fall Classic to help Clemson to a second-place finish in the national field…she had an opening round 81, then finished with a pair of 69s to finish 41st…Clemson’s third best player at Oklahoma…that was an example of her never say die attitude…also played at Mason Rudolph and the Betsy Rawls…her score counted in 6 of her 9 rounds…finished fall with 22 birdies, including fall best 11 at Schooner Fall Classic.
In 2016-17: Went from playing in high school in fall semester to starting for Clemson's top 25 program in the spring semester….played in all eight spring tournaments and had a 75.83 average, fourth best on the team…had a 74.71 stroke average entering the NCAA National Tournament, the Rich Harvest Farms course ruined her stroke average, as it did for a lot of players from around the nation....had four under-par rounds and another at par…scored 75 or better in 15 of her 24 rounds…got off to a terrific start, she shot four-under-par 212 at the UCF Challenge and finished 12th…had rounds of 72-70-70, so she shot par or better in each of her first three rounds…she was Clemson's second best player, just three shots behind Alice Hewson in that first event…Clemson won the team title in her first tournament, the first win in Clemson history…had season best 10 birdies and her first career eagle at UCF…her score counted in 16 of 21 rounds and she had the best round of the day five times, pretty strong for someone who should be in high school…hit .682 fairways in regulation this year and .684 as far as greens in regulation…Clemson's best player at the LSU Tiger Classic with 11th place finish after rounds of 74-74-71…helped Clemson to program best fifth-place finish at the ACC Championship with rounds of 74-75 in the final two rounds…her second round 70 was very important in Clemson's fifth place finish at NCAA Regional in Athens…she finished 43rd with 226 score…that second round 70 was her best since 70 in final round of UCF Challenge…just 5-2, but she has a 4.92 stroke average on par five holes, second best on the team behind Alice Hewson's 4.82….averaged 30.33 putts per round, second best on the team
In High School: Finished second at Texas 6A High School Tournament and was the runner-up at the Jordan Spieth Championship…at the state tournament she had rounds of 74-69 to finish just two shots off the lead…in 2014-15 she finished seventh with a 148 total…ranked was 16th best player in the nation overall and number three in state of Texas in her final year at Westlake High School where she played for Chuck Nowland…in the Fall of 2016, she finished second at the Texas Girls Invitational… four-year Academic All-State selection, she was the number-one player on the Westlake High School team all four years of her high school career….won the TJGT Sportsmanship Award in 2016….has considerable experience in national AJGA Tournaments….recorded six top 10 finishes in her 14 AJGA events over the last two years, and had consecutive 16th-place finishes at the AJGA National Girls Tournament….in 2013, as a 14-year old, she won the US Kids World Championship at Pinehurst with a 70…she made a birdie on the 18th hole to win the tournament with a one under par 70.
Personal: Born December 4, 1998 in Lubbock, Texas…majoring in health sciences, pre-professional health at Clemson…
Swann Personality Profile
Who is your favorite Professional Golfer Jason Day
Favorite Athlete Outside of Golf: Hunter Renfrow (Clemson football receiver who caught winning touchdown pass vs. Alabama in National Championship game)
Favorite Course I Have Played Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, Texas
Course I would like to Play: St. Andrews
All-time Low Round 65 at Brackenridge
My Best Shot Ever: A fade into 12 green at Furman University Course, under one tree and over another off a hard pan lie.
Best Part of My Game: My scrambling. It doesn't have to be pretty
My Best club is: My driver
Hole in One Shots (Year, Course, Hole, distance, Iron)
2014, Brackenridge Park, # 15, 98 yards with a gap wedge
2016, Junior PGA Qualifier, #9 from 148 yards with 8 iron
My Dream Foursome is: Myself, Hailey Cooper, Kaitlyn Papp and Kristen Gillman
Who has had the most influence on your athletic career? My swing coach, John Sosa
What is your favorite hobby? Music, by far.
Kennedy Swann Tournament by Tournament 2016-17
Date Tournament 1-2-3 Par Tot Fin
2/5-7 UCF Challenge 72-70-70 -4 212 12
2/19-20 Sugar Bowl 78-73-85 +20 236 79
3/11-12 Gator Invitational 74-74-72 +10 220 21
3/24-26 LSU Tiger Invitational 74-74-71 +3 219 11
3/31-2 Clemson Invitational 78-74-76 +12 228 63
4/13-15 ACC Tournament 80-74-75 +13 229 43
5/8-10 NCAA Regional 78-70-78 +10 226 43
5/19-22 NCAA National 82-87-81 +34 250 126
Kennedy Swann Career Statistics
Year Trn Rd Stks 60s 75- Par -Par Avg 10 BR BT
2016-17 8 24 1820 0 15 1 4 75.83 0 70 212