Ramsey ready for the next step in her career

dshirley@macon.comJune 21, 2014 

Ashlan Ramsey knows it was a risk, and the task is sometimes overwhelming.

But it’s one she’s ready to take on as she moves on to the next stage of her golf career.

The former John Milledge standout announced during the spring season that she was going to turn pro this summer after just one year of college play at Clemson.

That process moved forward after Ramsey’s strong showing in the Curtis Cup, and she is ready for the busy summer ahead.

“It’s very exciting, and I’m looking forward to it for sure,” Ramsey said. “It’s a little overwhelming at times, but I have a lot of good people around me to figure it all out and let me just focus on the golf.

“That makes it a lot easier to have people who can handle my schedule and all those things, so I can just worry about my golf.”

Ramsey has been doing just that and been building to this point for years.

She won the GISA Class AAA individual title two years ago by eight shots and has been one of the top amateurs in the world for some time. She was named a third-team All-American by GolfWeek on Wednesday for her only season at Clemson, which included two wins and four other top-10 finishes.

Ramsey played in the Curtis Cup this month and helped lead the United States team to a 13-7 win over Great Britain and Ireland.

“Winning is the ultimate at whatever level you’re playing, and her expectations are to win and not just to play well,” Ramsey’s swing coach Todd Anderson said. “But you have to realize why you won, and that’s because you played well and focused on that and not the result of winning. Winning breeds confidence, of course, and knowing how to win will definitely help her as she moves along with her career.”

Anderson, the director of golf instruction at Sea Island Golf Club, has been working on a swing change with Ramsey since December.

“I’ve been working hard on my swing with the swing change and just trying to improve my swing,” Ramsey said. “I know I need to work on that and improve that, but I can always improve my short game, as well, and all the parts of my game. I just love practicing and love playing, and I’m my biggest critic. I’m a perfectionist. I just don’t see anywhere that I can’t improve my game.”

That drive and determination have served Ramsey well through her career. And Clemson head coach J.T. Horton saw it during the one season Ramsey played for his program (her sister Taylor is still with the program).

Ramsey won the Lady Paladin Invitational (Furman) and the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational (North Carolina) in consecutive events during the fall after she finished second in her first career event at the Cougar Classic (College of Charleston).

“She’s got so much passion to be great and not just to be a great player,” Horton said. “She wants to have a role in the game and be an ambassador for women’s golf and the LPGA. She’s such a hard worker and loves practicing and trying to get better, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to the next level.”

That heats up this summer.

Ramsey played in the LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship on a sponsor’s exemption in May, missing the cut by a couple of shots. She is scheduled to play in the Michigan Open starting Monday and the Texas Open, which will be played July 7-9. Both of those tournaments are PGA sectional events.

Then she will play in Symetra Tour events in Syracuse (July 22-25), Albany, New York (Aug. 1-3), and Richmond, Virginia (Aug. 15-17).

After that comes the LPGA Tour qualifying school and the European Tour qualifying school.

“I’m just focusing on my golf, and everything else will take care of itself,” Ramsey said. “That’s nothing new for me. I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’m just excited to get this chance and what’s coming up.”

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