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Ana Pelaez

  • class Senior
  • Hometown Malaga, Spain
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Malaga, Spain

Ana Pelaez Bio

COVID Senior season (2020-21)
· Golfweek First Team All-America
· WGCA Second Team All-America
· All-SEC First Team
· ANNIKA Award Watch List Spring 2021
· WGCA All-American Scholar
· SEC Academic Honor Roll

Senior season (2019-20)
· Golfweek All-America Honorable Mention
· All-SEC Second Team
· WGCA All-American Scholar

Junior season (2018-19)
· SEC Academic Honor Roll
· WGCA All-American Scholar

Sophomore season (2017-18)
· SEC Academic Honor Roll
· WGCA All-American Scholar

Freshman season (2016-17)
· Golfweek Honorable Mention All-American
· WGCA All-American Scholar
· Second Team All-SEC
· SEC All-Freshman Team
· SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

· 3rd – All-time scoring average (73.35)
· T8th – Top-10 Finishes (12)

· 2nd — All-time senior scoring average (71.45 in 2020-21 – COVID senior season)
· 3rd — All-time freshman scoring average (73.12 in 2016-17)
· 4th — Single season scoring average (71.45 in 2020-21)
· 5th — All-time senior scoring average (72.77 in 2019-20)
· T-5th — Single-season freshman top-five finishes (2 in 2016-17)
· 10th — Single season scoring average (72.77 in 2019-20)
· T-14th — Single-season scoring average (73.12 in 2016-17)

· 2nd — Low freshman 54-hole score (208 at 2017 FSU Match-Up)
· T-3rd — Low senior 54-hole score (206 at 2021 Valspar Augusta Invitational)
· T-8th — Low 54-hole score (206 at 2021 Valspar Augusta Invitational)

· T-1st — Low senior 18-hole score (64 at 2021 SEC Championship)
· 2nd — Low 18-hole score (64 at 2021 SEC Championship)
· 3rd — Low freshman 18-hole score (67 at 2017 FSU Match-Up)

· 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional

Pelaez’s Career Bests
18-hole score 64
54-hole score 206
Tournament finish 1st
Top 5 finishes 6
Top 10 finishes 12
Top 20 finishes 16

Earned Golfweek First Team All-America and WGCA Second Team All-America honors… named All-SEC First Team… played in seven tournaments for the Gamecocks, all in the spring, after missing the fall due to COVID travel restrictions… tied for 12th in the NCAA Louisville Regional with a 1-over (217), but sank a crucial birdie in the playoff hole to secure the team’s trip to the NCAA Championship… started stroke play at the SEC Championship with the lowest 18-hole score in tournament history (64), finished in a tie for 10th, her 12th top-10 finish as a Gamecock, tied for eighth in program history… made the spring 2021 ANNIKA Award Watch List… notched her second consecutive runner-up finish at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, finishing the tournament with a 2-under 214… tied for second at the Valspar Augusta Invitational, carding a career best 10-under 206 with rounds of 68, 69 and 69… tied for sixth at the Gamecock Intercollegiate, bouncing back from a rough opening round to shoot a 71 in the second round and 70 in the final round… made her season debut at the Moon Golf Invitational with an 8-under 208, tying for third,  her performance tied her previous career low, and her 5-under 67 in the second round tied her career best round. 

Appeared in all six tournaments for the Gamecocks… Finished third on the team with a 72.77 scoring average with eight rounds of par or better… Notched her best finish of the season at the Landfall Tradition, taking second and helping Carolina win its second tournament of the fall… Earned a pair of top-10 finishes with her Landfall Tradition performance and her effort at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (T10)… Posted her best round of the season at the Windy City Collegiate Classic with a third round 69, helping the Gamecocks win the tournament… Tied her best round of the year with another third round 69 at the Landfall Tradition, leading to another Carolina win… Earned the second All-America honor of her career with her Golfweek All-America Honorable Mention distinction… Named All-SEC Second Team… WGCA All-American Scholar for the fourth time.

Made an appearance in all 10 tournaments for the Gamecocks… Finished fourth on the team in scoring average (74.89) and finished with eight rounds of par or better… Had her best finish at the 2019 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic (T7) and followed it up with a T10 finish at the 2019 SEC Championships… Finished 4-1-1 in match play during the season, including a 2-1 record at the SEC Championships highlighted by a 6&5 victory in the SEC Championship match vs. Ole Miss… Completed her best 18-hole score at the Allstate Sugar Bowl with a 3-under 69… Tied for 35th at the 2019 NCAA Cle Elum Regional, highlighted by a 1-under 71 in the second round.

Competed in each of Carolina’s 10 tournaments…Ranked fourth on the team in scoring average (74.07) and boasted seven rounds of par or better…Grabbed her best finish of the season at the 2018 Florida State Match-Up after sharing 15th-place honors with a 54-hole score of 216 (E)…Collected her second top-25 showing of the spring at the 2018 SEC Championship, where she tied for 21st (224, +8)…Went undefeated in the match-play portion of the SEC Championship, notching three victories in two days…Tied for 40th at the 2018 NCAA San Francisco Regional in a three-day performance highlighted by an even 72 in the second round.

Turned in a historic first season at Carolina after playing in nine of 11 tournaments…Finished with a 73.12 stroke average, the lowest mark ever by a Gamecock freshman and the sixth-best single-season average…Became the first freshman in school history to earn All-America laurels…Tallied a pair of top-five showings, including medalist honors at the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional…Fired a 70 in the second and third rounds en route to her first collegiate victory in Columbus…Grabbed runner-up honors at the 2017 FSU Match-Up after setting a Carolina freshman record with a three-round mark of 208 (-8)…Earned SEC Freshman Golfer of the Week honors on Feb. 22 for her efforts at the FSU Match-Up… Collected her second SEC Freshman Golfer of the Week laurels (March 8) following a top-10 finish (T9, +5) at the 2017 Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and continued her strong start to the spring with a top-15 showing (T14, +1) at the 2017 Bryan National Collegiate…Placed in a tie for 30th (220, +4) at the 2017 SEC Championship in her postseason debut and tied for 50th at the 2017 NCAA Championship with a three-round total of 232 (+16)…Carded a second-round 72 (E) in her collegiate debut at the 2016 Tar Heel Invitational before finishing in a tie 31st (222, +6)…Grabbed her first career top-20 showing (T11, -1) at Carolina’s fall finale, the 2017 Landfall Tradition…Her three top-10 finishes and 12 rounds of par or better both ranked third among Gamecocks.

Prior To South Carolina
Entered South Carolina ranked No. 30 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings…2015 ANNIKA Invitational Europe Individual Champion (69-69-72)…Led her Spanish National Team to a European Girls’ Team Championship title in the Czech Republic in 2015…Reached the semifinals of the 2015 British Girls’ Open…Member of the European Ping Junior Solheim Cup Team in 2015…Gold medal European under 18 in 2015…Semi-finalist French Girls’ Championship in 2015…2014 ANNIKA Invitational Europe runner-up.

Coach Kalen Anderson On Pelaez
“Ana plays with incredible fight and passion. She is a fierce competitor, and I look forward to gaining her positive attitude and leadership. Ana is an exceptional wedge player, and she brings a wealth of competitive experience to our program. She is the perfect fit for our program, and I look forward to assisting her in taking her game to the very highest level.”

Pelaez’s Career Stats
Year Tourn. Rds. Strokes Avg. Low 18 Best Finish
2016-17 9 25 1,828 73.12 67 1st
2017-18 10 29 2,148 74.07 69 T15th
2018-19 10 28 2,097 74.89 69 T7th
2019-20 6 18 1,310 72.77 69 2nd
2020-21 7 22 1,572 71.45 64 2nd
Career 42 122 8,949 73.35 64 1st