Lander Women’s Golf Signs 2018-19 Recruiting Class

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GREENWOOD – The Lander women’s golf team has signed its first recruiting class since being reinstated last August, as head coach Mark Riddle has brought in 10 players for the 2018-19 season. The Bearcats will be playing for the first time since the fall of 2015.

The incoming class features seven freshmen, two sophomores, and one junior.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to bring the Lander women’s golf program back and I couldn’t ask for a better recruiting class,” said Riddle. “I think the potential of these young ladies is very high. They will all be great ambassadors for Lander on and off the course.”

  • Brittany Adams (Lyman, S.C.), played in three 3A state championships during her time at Chapman High School. A team captain for the Panthers, Adams placed in the top 10 at the state championship her senior season. Adams is entering her junior year at Lander.
  • Brianna Clayton (Greenwood, S.C.), qualified as an individual for the 2016 5A Upper State Tournament. Clayton, a rising sophomore at Lander, led the Eagles in stroke average as a senior. 
  • Caroline Hardee (Greenville, S.C.), was a six-year letter winner at Riverside High School. Hardee owned the team’s lowest average in three consecutive seasons and was a 2017 All-Region performer. 
  • Hannah Fesperman (Georgetown, S.C.), a transfer from Erskine, played three years at Georgetown High School before spending three years at Low Country Preparatory School, where she served as team captain. Fesperman, a rising sophomore, led the Fighting Marlins to a pair of SCISA state championships and was an all-state performer in 2016. 
  • Caroline Jenkins (Chapin, S.C.), was a four-year varsity letter winner at Chapin High School, where she led the Eagles to three consecutive region titles. Jenkins was named an All-Region player in her junior and senior seasons. 
  • Madison Jordan (Anderson, S.C.), played at Pendleton High School for five seasons. She was a five-time All-Region performer for the Bulldogs and the Region Player of the Year last fall. Jordan played in the Thomas D Todd All Stars Tournament and the North-South All-Star Tournament. 
  • Lillie Smith (Fort Mill, S.C.), played for five seasons at Fort Mill High School and helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a Region 4-5A title in the fall of 2017. Smith, who fired a 71 to win the region championship, was an All-Region selection and the Region Player of the Year. She was the team MVP in 2016. 
  • Hannah Stephenson (Lexington, S.C.), played five seasons for Lexington High School and was part of four state championship teams. She was an All-Region performer as a sophomore and participated as a member of the North-South All-Star team. Hannah is the daughter Charles and Sara Stephenson and her sister, Lauren, is currently playing at Alabama. 
  • Tatum Warr (Hartsville, S.C.). was a four-time All-Region player at Hartsville High School. As a senior, she led Hartsville to a third-place finish at the state tournament, the best finish in school history.
  • Grace Zoller (Summerville, S.C.), played six seasons for Ashley Ride High School. Zoller was a three-time 4A All-Region performer and a two-time 5A All-Region selection. She was named as the Region Player of the Year in 2017-18 and was a Lowcountry All-Star, as well as being nominated to participate in the North-South All-Star Tournament. Zoller’s father, Karl, played on the Nationwide Tour. Her brother, Taylor, played four years at Kent State, while her other brother, Austin, played one season at Winthrop.  
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