Women's Golf
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Marisa Messana
Player Profile:
Marisa Messana 1885176
Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: American Heritage
Major: Communication Studies
Experience: 3 Letters

Overview:   Only senior on the 2017-18 Clemson team, she received her degree December 21, 2017, but plans to play the full year and begin work on her masters degree...winner of the Elite 90 Award as the top student-athlete in terms of grade point average at the NCAA national Tournament....graduated with a perfect 4.0....three-time selection to ACC Academic Honor Roll, she should make it four in a row in June....came through in the clutch at the 2017 NCAA Athens Regional with team best final round 73 to lead Clemson in the final round on the day the Tigers clinched a spot in the NCAA National Championship tournament for the first time…that was first time all year she had the low round of the year day…she had helped program come full circle as her freshman year Clemson did not get into the regional…Tigers reached NCAA national Tournament for first time in 2017…veteran of 29 tournaments and 86 rounds, she has more experience than any other Tiger on the roster in 2017-18 (entering 2017-18 season)…tied for second in Clemson history in career tournaments and second in career rounds played, she should become career leader in spring 2018…consistent in everything she does, her stroke average her first three years has been 76.33, 76.08 and 76.71, respectively…starter each of the last three years, she was third on the team in stroke average as a freshman and sophomore and fifth as a junior… only player on the roster for 2018 in her fourth year with the program.... first Clemson golfer with a pair of top 25 finishes at the ACC Tournament, she was 21st as a freshman and 19th as a sophomore…finished 39th there in 2017….has played six rounds at the Sedgefield Country Club in ACC Tournaments and is just 10-over-par for those six rounds… her score has counted in 59 of 78 team rounds in three years…first Clemson women's golfer to qualify for the US Amateur while a Clemson student….at 2015 US Amateur finished 55th out of 156 players with a 148 score after consecutive rounds of 74 on the par 72 Portland Golf Club course in stroke play...was involved in playoff with 15 other women for 10 spots in the match play, but did not advance...shot 71 in her qualifier in July...she finished birdie-birdie to force a playoff that she won to get into the national tournament…has had a career best 69 twice, her freshman year  at the Schooner Fall Classic in Oklahoma, and her sophomore year at Briar's Creek…one of the top student-athletes at Clemson, she had a perfect 4.0 half way through her undergraduate  career ….named to Academic All-ACC Team each of her first three years, and an All-America Scholar by Women's Golf Coaches Association each of her first three years...only active Tiger with three hole-in-one shots in her career.

Fall 2017:   Earned her undergraduate degree in December in just three and a half years, she is one of the top student-athletes in all of college golf with a 4.0 GPA in communications…cinch to become first four-time Academic All-ACC performer….had 76.40 stroke average in the fall for her four tournaments and 10 rounds…had second-round 70 at Mason Rudolph that was her top round of the fall and tied for the second best round of the tournament by a Tiger…finished 39th at Betsy Rawls, tied for second among Clemson golfers at the event at the University of Texas…enters her final spring on the team with 181 career birdies, second in school history…has played 96 career rounds, so her fourth round of the spring will be her 100th….has 40 career rounds of 75 or better, second among active Tigers.

In 2016-17: Finished 50th at NCAA Athens Regional, but she was Clemson's best player in the final round with a one-over-par 73…had two birdies and three bogeys and 13 important pars in tough conditions in carding the 73…scored 4.0 on the par four holes that day to match her career grade point average in the classroom……had 68 birdies to rank fourth on the team…that included a team best six at the NCAA National Tournament...finished fourth among Tigers at the NCAA national Tournament, but was Clemson's best player over the final 36 holes with scores of 76-77...made a birdie on the final hole of the third round that allowed Clemson to tie Florida State for 20th place and make Clemson a top 20 program for the first time...was Clemson's top player in the second round of the 2017 NCAA National Tournament with a 76, she was tied for second best with a 77 in the final round...she was Clemson's player in just two rounds all year, but both were in NCAA Tournaments...hit the fairway with her drives .717…averaged 31.14 putts per round…had season best 10 birdies in the Schooner Classic to open the season…had nine at the UCF Challenge and also had an eagle…had top finish of the year at the Greenville Regional where she was 26th…best finish of the spring was 39th at the ACC Tournament….had opening rounds of 74-74 to help Clemson to tie for second entering the final round....had career best tying 68 at the Schooner Classic in her second round of the year, she finished with 219 and 28th place.

In 2015-16:  Played in eight of the 10 tournaments and had a 76.08 stroke average…had one round in the 60s, three under-par rounds and another at par…12 of her 24 rounds were at 75 or better…her score counted in 17 of 21 team rounds…had 44 birdies to rank third on the team…had 3.42 average on par threes, 4.23 on par fours and 5.04 on par five holes…had 75.25 stroke average in the final round, tied for third on the team…her score counted in 14 of 18 rounds…had best round of the day four times and was Clemson's best player at two tournaments…her drives reached the fairway 74.4 percent of the time…averaged 30.58 putts per round, best on the team among the starters…played in three of the four tournaments in the fall…had 76.56 stroke average in the fall… had her best rounds of the fall at the Cougar Classic where she finished 74-74 over the last two days…helped Clemson to a fifth-place finish at the national tournament…Messana and Alice Hewson were only Tigers to shoot two-over or better in each of the last two rounds… shot fall best 228 at Lady Paladin Invitational and finished 39th… played as individual at Yale and finished 36th…played in five of the six events in the spring…her best finish was at ACC Tournament with 19th, she also had a top 25 at the Sugar Bowl where she was 25th with a 220 score…had second round 71…best round of the spring came in final round at Briar's Creek where she had a three-under 69…that performance helped Clemson to a third-place team finish…her 69 tied for the low final round by a Clemson women's golfer in 2015-16.

 In 2014-15:  Starter as a freshman, she played in all nine tournaments and all 27 rounds…had 76.33 stroke average, third best on the team….had 76.07 average in the spring, second on the team…finished first or second among Clemson golfers in all five spring events and in six of the nine events for the year…top Clemson golfer at the ACC Tournament with a 219 score, she finished in 21st place…her +3 score for 54 holes was the best by a Clemson golfer in 2014-15…had a 69 at the Schooner Fall Classic, the second lowest round of the year by a Clemson golfer…had two of the three under-par rounds by Clemson women's golfers in 2014-15, the 69 at Schooner Fall Classic and a 71 at the ACC Tournament…also had an even par 72 at the Sugar Bowl…11 of her 27 rounds were at 75 or better…Clemson's best golfer at the Sugar Bowl in February and the ACC Tournament in April in the final tournament of the year…had a 5.08 stroke average on par five holes, best on the team…led the team in birdies with 53…her score counted in 24 of the 27 rounds…averaged team best 29.74 putts per round…had best round of the day eight times, second on the team.

Prior to Clemson: Ranked as the #38 player in the nation by Golfweek for the Class of 2014...1st Place Team Division 1A High School Varsity Golf State Championship in 2008, 2009, and 2013... Patriot Award (Role Model Teammate) in 2010, 2011, and 2011...first-team All-County her freshman and sophomore year in both local newspapers... Carol Mann (low stroke average award, 71.3)...Medalist at the Doherty Jones Amateur Championship 2014... placed in the top five in 11 of her 17 tournaments in 2013, including four wins... finished sixth at the AJGA TaylorMade- Adidas Golf Junior. ..home courses are  Lago Mar CC and Fort Lauderdale Country Club...earned her undergraduate degree in communications with seven consecutive 4.0 semesters.

Marisa Messana Personality Profile

Who is your favorite Professional Golfer: Jason Day

Favorite Athlete Outside of Golf: Michael Jordan

Favorite Course I have Played: Augusta National

Toughest Course  I have played: Pinehurst # 2

All time low round: 66 at Walker Course

My best shot ever: Holed a birdie putt on the 17th and 18th holes to qualify for the 2015 US Amateur

Best part of my game: Wedge Play

I need to improve on: ball striking

My best club is a: putter

My dream foursome is myself and: Darla Moore, Jason Day and Joshua Medcalf

Who has had the most influence on your athletic career: Mom and Dad

What is your favorite hobby: Anything active

When I finish my playing career I would like to: help build corporate identities and expand brand awareness

 Hole in one shots:

1) 2008 Plantation Preserve, #2, 180 yards, 8 iron

2) 2013 Jacaranda Golf Club, #8, 120 yards, pw

3)  2017 Pinehurst #2, # 9 hole, 160 yards, 5 iron

Marisa Messana Tournament by Tournament, 2014-15

  Date       Tournament                  1-2-3    Par    Tot   Fin

  9/14-16  Cougar Classic        76-73-75     +8  224   53

  9/19-21  Mason Rudolph       81-80-78   +23  239   69

  10/4-6    Schooner Fall Classic 76-77-69 +12  222   70

  10/17-19 Stanford Inter. 72-85-78 +22 235              83

  2/15-17  Puerto Rico            81-74-77   +16  232   49

  2/22-24  Allstate Sugar Bowl 72-82-81   +19  235   44

  3/6-8      Sun Trust Gator       76-78-76   +20  230   34

  4/3-5      Rebel Intercollegiate 73-78-74    +9  225   37

  4/17-18  ACC Tournament     74-71-74     +3  219   21


  Marisa Messana Tournament by Tournament, 2015-16

  Date       Tournament                  1-2-3    Par    Tot   Fin

  9/13-15  Cougar Classic        83-74-74   +15  231   70

  9/20-22  Lady Paladin          77-76-75   +12  228   39

  10/9-11  !Yale Intercollegiate 77-76-77   +17  230   36

  2/21-23  Allstate Sugar Bowl 74-71-75     +4  220   25

  3/21-22  Briar's Creek          80-72-69     +5  221   32

  4/1-3      Clemson Invitational 71-82-76   +13  229   56

  4/15-17  ACC Tournament     73-75-75     +7  223   19

  5/5-7      NCAA Regional       80-83-81   +28  244   72

!played as individual


      Marisa Messana Tournament by Tournament, 2016-17

  Date       Tournament                  1-2-3    Par    Tot   Fin

  9/24-25  Schooner Classic    73-68-78     +6  219   28

  10/2-4    Cougar Classic        75-78-74   +11  227   88

  10/17-18 Greenville Regional 78-77-78 +17 233      26

  10/28-30  Landfall Tradition 79-73-82 +18 234        75

  2/5-7      #UCF Challenge      75-75-70     +4  220   45

  2/19-20  Sugar Bowl             73-79-76   +12  228   49

  3/11-12  Gator Invitational    83-84-76   +33  243   75

  3/24-26  #LSU Classic         74-79-WD     +9  153   90

  3/31-2    Clemson Invitational 77-75-74   +10  226   56

  4/13-15  ACC Tournament     74-74-80   +12  228   39

  5/8-10    NCAA Regional       79-75-73   +11  227   50

  5/19-22  NCAA National        92-78-77   +31  247 119


      Marisa Messana Career Statistics

  Year    Trn  Rd   Stks 60s 75-   Par -Par    Avg 10  BR  BT

  2014-15 9 27 2061     1 11     1    2 76.33   0  69 219

  2015-16 8 24 1826     1 12     1    3 76.08   0  69 220

  2016-17 12 35 2685    1 15     0    2 76.71   0  68 219

  Totals  29  86 6572     3 38     2    7 76.42   0  68 219





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