- class Graduate Student
- Hometown Peachtree City, Ga.
- High school Central Christian School
- Major Grad. Certificate in Sport, Fitness & Recreation Management
Favorite course: Wade Hampton Golf Club
Dream foursome (including herself): Kobe Bryant, Chipper Jones, Charles Barkley
First time she broke par: 68 in an AJGA qualifier in Ringgold, Ga.
Favorite club: 58 degree
Favorite golfer: Seve Ballesteros
Favorite food: Chipotle
Favorite TV show: Dexter
Favorite book: The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh
Favorite class: Sign language
Nickname(s): Sheep, Queezy
Superstition(s): Two tees somewhere on me at all times
Career Stats Breakdown
2022-23 (Graduate): Concluded the season with a 73.8 scoring average (33 rounds, 2,437 strokes) in 2022-23 … Had one top-10 finish and three top-20 finishes on the season … Recorded two rounds of par-or-better at the NCAA Pullman Regional, putting together a 70, 76 and 70 to produce an even-par 216 to tie for 32nd place … Made a stellar first impression at her first and her last SEC Championship, earning a 3-under-par 69 in the first round for a share of second place, before settling for a 12-over-par 228 tournament total and a tie for 35th place at the league event … Had the tournament of her season at the Clemson Invitational, putting together a 72, 72 and 70 in her alma mater’s home course for a season-best, 2-under-par 214 and a season-best T8 finish in the regular-season finale … All three of her rounds counted toward the team total at the Florida State Match Up, putting together a 10-over-par 226 for a T15 finish … Contributed rounds of 78, 79 and 73 for a 17-over-par 230 for 76th place at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate … Put together a first-round 74 and a second-round 73 to help produce a 13-over-par 226 for T55 at the Therese Hession Regional Challenge … Had a remarkable tournament in the spring opener at the UCF Challenge, recording season-highs of 69, 69 and 70 for an 8-under-par 208 and a share of 11th place … Helped Kentucky to back-to-back tournament titles to close out the fall season at the Illini Women’s Invitational and Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational, while also helping the Wildcats to a school-record 830 (-34) at the Illini Women’s Invitational … Hit the course for the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational where she combined scores of 80, 74 and 72 for a 10-over-par 226, tying 40th place … At the Illini Women’s Invitational, joined scores of 71, 74 and 71 for an even-par 216 to tie for 40th place … In her second tournament in Blue and White, rallied scores of 77, 73 and 75 to put together a 9-over-par 225 to tie for 47th place at the Mason Rudolph Championship … Got her Kentucky career started with a first-round 72 at the Cougar Classic (par 71), punching in a 9-over-par 222 for a share of 64th place in the season opener.
Overview at Clemson: Played in 27 tournaments and 79 rounds during her Clemson career, starting in every Clemson lineup … Two-time first-team All-ACC, she was named as a freshman and junior (no team was selected her sophomore year due to the pandemic) … Ended her time at Clemson with a 72.77 career stroke average … Had career best and Clemson record tying 65 at the Schooner Classic on Sept. 28, 2019 and the Clemson Invitational on April 8, 2019 … Ranked 76th by Golfweek as a freshman, so she has been a national top 100 player all three years.
In 2021-22 (Senior at Clemson): Fourth straight year starting for the Clemson Tigers … To begin the season, she continued her streak to 14 straight games with top 25 finishes, when she earned 15th place at the Cougar Classic on a 2-under-par 215 tournament total in mid-September … Later on that season, she rallied a third-place showing at the annual Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational in mid-October, turning in a 6-under-par 2019 … Sat out in the spring before transferring to Kentucky.
In 2020-21 (Junior at Clemson): First-team All-ACC … Ranked 61st in the final Golfstat and Golfweek computer rankings for 2021 … Her 72.95 stroke average ranked 62nd, but she was 52nd in score vs. par with a +0.95 figure … 58th in the nation in par three scoring (3.08), 65th in par five scoring (4.83) and 72nd in par four scoring (4.14) … 47th in the nation in subpar strokes per round with 3.24 … Started all seven tournaments, she had the top stroke average at 72.95 … Had a 3.08 stroke average on par three holes, sixth best in Clemson history … Her 4.14 stroke average on par four holes is fourth best in Clemson history and her 4.83 average on par five holes is fourth best … Led team in under-par rounds with four, she also had four at par, giving her a team best tying eight rounds at par-or-better … Second on the team in birdies with 67 … Had season best 68, four-under-par, at the Clover Cup second round … Clover Cup was her best tournament of the year, she shot seven-under-par 209 to finish third for the 54 holes …. Had rounds of 69-68-72 and had season best 15 birdies … Finished in the top 25 of all seven tournaments, including top 16 in five of the seven events … Just 20-over-par for her 21 rounds, best on the team … Her top 10 finishes were at the aforementioned Clover Cup (3rd) and the Palmetto (6th) … Shot even-par at Heroes Ladies in first tournament of the year to finish 13th at 216 …. Finished 16th at the ACC Tournament after rounds of 72-76-71 … Finished 22nd at the NCAA Regional in Columbus, Ohio with a 222 score …. Her score counted in 20 of the 21 rounds … Had best score of the round seven times and was Clemson’s top player at five of the seven tournaments, including both postseason events … Very consistent in final rounds, shot between 71-75 in every final round this year …. In summer of 2021 finished 25th at North-South Amateur stroke play with rounds of 76-71, then reached final 16 of match play before losing to Allison Corpuz of Southern California, 2 & 1 …. It was her third time reaching match play at the North-South, she finished as semifinalist in 2020 after being medalist in stroke play and finished in final 32 of the tournament in 2018.
In 2019-20 (Sophomore at Clemson): Led team with a 72.44 stroke average, rounds under par (7), rounds at par or better (10), rounds at 75 or better (16), and score vs. par per round (+0.78) … Ranked 65th in final Golfstat rankings, 76th by Golfweek … Had 4.06 stroke average on par four holes, 38th best in the nation … Her three eagles tied for 15th …That tied Clemson single season record of three also held by Lauren Stephenson in 2015-16 … Had 47 birdies for the season, second best on the Clemson team … Had round of 65 at Schooner Classic at Oklahoma, tied for 12th best round in the nation…Clemson’s top golfer in all four tournaments in the fall and five of the six tournaments for the year … Scored 75 or under in 16 of her 18 rounds, including all 12 rounds in the fall … 14 over par for her 18 rounds for the year … Had just one top 10 for the year, but five top 15s and all six tournaments in the top 25 … Shot even-par 216 at the Mason Rudolph to open the season, she finished 10th … Finished 25th at the Schooner Fall Classic with a 214 score, her tournament featured a Clemson record tying 65 in the second round … Finished 13th with a 214 score at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational … Finished the fall with 215 score and 12th place at White Sands … So, she shot between 214-216 in all four of her fall events … Had pair of top 15 finishes in the spring, she was 15th at UGA Collegiate with even par 216 and 12th at the FSU Matchup, helping Clemson to season ending third place finish … She counted in 17 of the 18 team rounds for the year, she had the best round of the day 10 of the 18 rounds … Had 4.06 stroke average on par four holes, 4.97 on par fives and 3.08 on par threes … Clemson’s best player in five of the six tournaments.
In 2018-19 (Freshman at Clemson): First-team All-ACC as a freshman … Third on the team in stroke average at 73.07, she was literally two total strokes from being second, as Ana Paula Valdes had a 73.03 stroke average … Shepherd was tied for second in top 10 finishes with two, tied for second in rounds in the 60s with six … Had eight under-par rounds, third on the team and 10 rounds at par-or-better, third on the team … 19 of her 28 rounds were at 75 or better … Led the team in birdies last year with 89, she also had a pair of eagles to lead the team … 42-over-par for her 28 rounds, or +1.50 strokes per round … Opened her career with ninth-place finish at the Mason Rudolph with rounds of 69-73 … She finished with a 142 score for two-under-par …Clemson’s best player by three shots at that first tournament … Had three more top 25 finishes in the fall, 19th at Schooner Classic, 11th at Tar Heel Invitational and 24th at Battle at the Beach … Shepherd was first or second at each of the first three tournaments …. Had her best tournament at the Clemson Invitational where she finished fifth at the rain-shortened event with a 138 score, six-under-par … That was the third best score vs. par for a tournament by a Clemson golfer all year …. She had a final round 65 at the Reserve at Lake Keowee for her low score of the year and tied for the best in Clemson history … Finished 36th at ACC Tournament … Had 74.4 stroke average in first rounds, but 72.9 in final rounds, second best final round average on the team … Had 3.07 stroke average on par three holes, second best on the team … Her score counted for Clemson team score 26 of 28 rounds … Had 4.91 stroke average on par five holes, third best on the team … Had Clemson’s best score of the day eight times and Clemson’s best player at three different tournaments … Had double digits in birdies in four tournaments with high of 12 at the Schooner in Oklahoma in the fall.
Prior to Clemson: Shepherd ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of Georgia according to Junior Golf Scoreboard and the AJGA Rolex rankings coming out of high school … Nationally, ranked seventh for the class of 2018 by Golfweek, 10th by AJGA and 14th by Junior Golf Scoreboard as of August 1, 2018 … Reached second round of US Junior Girls in summer of 2018, she shot 139 in the stroke play to finish fifth at three-under-par … Won Georgia Junior Girls championship in 2017, finished third in 2018 …. Finished tied for 17th at US Junior Girls in July, she was seeded fifth after stroke play after shooting 68-71 … Finished tied for 17th at Polo Junior Classic with 295 score in late June … Finished tied for ninth at Rome Junior Classic in May with 218 score … Tied for 23rd at the Annika Invitational with 226 score … 20th at Rolex Junior Championship, she had a 69 in the final round … Reached Match Play at North-South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst and finished tied for 17th …. As a junior, Shepherd won the GSGA Girls Championship by six shots and was a member of the winning Georgia team in the Georgia-South Carolina Girls Team Match Play …. She made a birdie on the last hole to secure the team title for Georgia …. Third at AJGA Girls Championship with 214 score, including final round 68 … As a sophomore finished tied for first at AJGA Scott Stallings … Finished fifth at the Kathy Whitworth … As a freshman, finished fourth out of 48 at the Golfweek Junior International Invitational with scores of 71-70 …. Won Hurricane Tour events at age 13 playing up in the 15-18 division … Won on SJGT Tour the last three years (2011-14) … Played against former Clemson All-American Ashlan Ramsey in the 2013 Georgia Match Play Championship when she was 13 … Won Lady’s club championship at Braelin Golf club at age 12 … The fine all-around athlete was an all-state selection in basketball and her high school team has won the state title four times … Played on high school basketball team that was 96-5 in her four-year career, including 69-1 her last three years … She averaged 12 points a game as a senior … Had one game in which she made 10 threes to set a school record …. Played her high school basketball for Justin Stephens.
Personal: Born Ivy Grace Shepherd on April 6, 2000 in Nashville, Tennessee … Daughter of Gary and Terri Shepherd … Active in community service, she raised over $1,000 for Operation Mobilization, a worldwide missionary and charitable group … Raised over $2,000 for the Hudson Family Foundation, a charity founded by former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson …. Collected pledges for her golf game … Came to Kentucky to complete a graduate certificate in Sport, Fitness and Recreation Management.