TRINITY, TX - Clemson freshman women's golfer Ashlan Ramsey was chosen to represent the United States in the Spirit International, held October 30 to November 2 at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, TX near Houston. Ramsey is currently the number one female amateur in the world according to Golfweek.
Paige MacKenzie, an LPGA player and former participant in the Spirit International, is the captain of the 2013 U.S. team. Her assistant coach is Alli Jarrett. Two female amateur golfers and two male amateur golfers were selected to the team.
"When you take a look at the 2009 and 2011 USA team members, you certainly see the next generation of stars on the professional tours. This year's team is very talented and on a similar path of achievement," said MacKenzie.
Playing with Ramsey will be Ally McDonald, a junior at Mississippi State. The two male golfers selected were Jordan Niebrugge, a sophomore at Oklahoma State and Scottie Scheffler, a high school player from Texas. They were the champions of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links and the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, respectively.
The two preceding USA teams won the International Team Gold medal at the 2009 and 2011 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championships. Former Clemson men's golfer Ben Martin was on the 2009 team that won gold.
The 2013 Spirit International features 80 participants from 20 countries representing six continents. Country teams are comprised of national amateur champions and top ranked players. The format of play for the competition is four-ball stroke play. The men's and women's four- ball scores are combined for the international team competition. There is also a separate men's and women's team competition.
Holes 14-18 will be streamed live on thespiritgolf.com for those who wish to follow along.