Heather Bowie Young joined the Clemson women's golf coaching staff in the summer of 2016 when she became the top assistant on Kelley Hester's first staff. Bowie Young had a big impact on the Tigers successful first season that ended with a top 20 finish.
The 2016-17 Tigers won the program's first tournament in early February when they won the UCF Challenge in Orlando. Clemson tied Miami (FL) after 54 holes, but had the low fifth score that final day and the Tigers were presented the trophy. Later in the spring Clemson finished a program best fifth place at the ACC Tournament on Pawley's Island.
The highlight of the year might have taken place at the Athens Regional in May when Clemson qualified for the NCAA National Tournament for the first time with a fifth place finish. That performance included a six-under-par 282 team score in the second round, the second best round in Clemson history vs. par.
Clemson was the No. 10 seed and ranked 39th in the nation overall entering the regional, but finished fifth to qualify for the National Tournament for the first time. Clemson then finished tied for 20th with fifth ranked Florida State at the national tournament at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
Bowie Young came to Clemson after 16 years of experience on the LPGA Tour, Heather. Prior to her professional career, Young was an individual NCAA Champion at Texas after assisting Arizona State to a pair of team national championships.
Young earned 28 top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour, including winning the 2005 Jamie Farr Owens Corning LPGA Classic. In 2003, she was a member of the United States Solheim Cup Team and served from 2011-12 and 2014-15 as a member of the LPGA Player Advisory Group.
As a student-athlete, Young capped off her career at the University of Texas where she earned the highest of honors as the National Player of the Year and the NCAA Individual Champion in 1997. She was also the BIG 12 Champion, BIG 12 Player of the Year, a First Team All-American, Scholastic All-American and the Marilynn Smith Award Winner. Young was later inducted into the University of Texas Athletics Hall of Honor in 2011 for her achievements.
Prior to her time as a Longhorn, Young led the Arizona State Sun Devils to two NCAA team championships in 1994 and 1995. All together, the Washington, D.C., native won nine individual titles in college, was a four-time All-American, and a three-time Scholastic All-American.