Kentucky Women's Golf Signs Grad Transfer Ivy Shepherd
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Women’s Golf team announced its newest signee Thursday, Ivy Shepherd, who will play for Kentucky beginning with the 2022-23 season.
“We are thrilled to have signed Ivy to our team for next year,” said UK head coach Golda Borst. “She is such a strong competitor and will bring a ton of experience to our team. Brian (May) and I are excited to get to work with Ivy and we look for her to be a leader for us on and off the golf course.”
Shepherd, a native of Peachtree City, Ga., will come to Kentucky from Clemson as a graduate transfer. She earned her undergraduate degree in sports communications from CU.
As a Tiger, Shepherd played in 23 tournaments seeing 67 rounds of play. She was awarded All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team honors twice in her career and entered her fourth season with 13 consecutive top-25 finishes.
With three of the top-nine stroke-average season records in Clemson history, Shepherd has an impressive career average of 72.87. She holds top-10 program records in career rounds at par or better, rounds in the 60s, top-10 finishes, birdies as well as records for eagles and total counting scores.
She shot her career-best and Clemson record-tying 65 at the Schooner Classic on Sept. 28, 2019 and the Clemson Invitational on April 8, 2019.
On the amateur circuit, Shepherd was a competitor at the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur. She received her invitation to the exclusive tournament due to her top-40 Women’s World Amateur Rankings standing.
“I cannot thank Coach Borst and Coach May enough for having me as part of their team. I think everything about Kentucky and being a Wildcat is so exciting. I can’t wait to get started,” exclaimed Shepherd.
The graduate transfer is currently ranked No. 96 in the nation according to World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and 106 according to Golfstat.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity and am ready to start this new chapter. God has a plan and always opens doors, so I am really looking forward to what this one has in store,” said Shepherd.
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