One club, one goal.
Lauren Stephenson’s journey to golf stardom began at age 5, with a single club her father, Charles, gave her – with a singular mission in mind.
“I started playing at age 5 with my dad for fun,” Lauren says. “I only had one club and he would drop me off at 150 yards, and tell me to just keep hitting until I got to the green!”
Lauren hasn’t stopped hitting to the greens. The Lexington, S.C., native debuted on the LPGA tour in 2019, continuing a stellar high school and collegiate career with a place among the world’s best.
Lauren followed that early lesson to the greens as a successful prep player, earning first-team Rolex Junior All-American status in 2014. She became the first woman golfer at Clemson University to reach the NCAA championships, as a freshman. She followed that with All-Southeastern Conference recognition (and also the SEC academic honor roll) after transferring to the University of Alabama.
With the Crimson Tide, Lauren became the nation’s leading scorer as a junior, made the USGA 2018 Curtis Cup squad and secured a spot on the U.S. Palmer Cup team that year, too. She was the Golfweek Player of the year in 2018 and is the only female golfer in program history to shoot a 10-under round.
She earned All American status twice in a star-studded college career.
Lauren qualified for her LPGA Tour card in 2018, while still at Alabama, and decided to forego her remaining semester of eligibility. And now, as a pro, Lauren exhibits the same laid-back demeanor that kept her focused on improving, without stressing herself out over the results.
“The most important thing is to have fun,” Lauren says. “If you are stressed every time you go out and play, it’s really hard to get better. If you just enjoy the challenge (because golf is extremely hard for a lot of people) then it will be easier to improve.”
Right now, with pro golf interrupted, Lauren is fortunate to have her home course open still. In videos posted to her Twitter account, Lauren says she’s working out and trying her hand at cooking healthy meals during the COVID-19 break in competitive play.