Clarissa ChildsHead Coach
Alma Mater: South Carolina, '96
Office Phone: 947-2051
Clarissa Childs was hired as head women's golf coach at Newberry in January 2012.
Childs is one of the top women's golfers in University of South Carolina history and comes to the Newberry campus with experience in the LPGA as well as in the collegiate coaching ranks.
Childs previously served as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina for five seasons, before moving to a volunteer assistant role in 2002 after joining the LPGA Tour.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to join Newberry College and coach the women's golf team," Childs said. "I believe I am inheriting a very talented group of ladies and looking forward to great accomplishments on the golf course and in the classroom."
"We are very pleased and excited to have Clarissa join the Newberry golf program as the head women’s golf coach," Vroon said. "She has a great history in golf at both the collegiate and professional level and her South Carolina roots will make her a great fit here at Newberry. She inherits a very strong team, thanks to the efforts of our former coach, Lauren McCants. I’m confident Clarissa will lead the team to even greater heights.”
Childs joined the LPGA Tour in 2002 and played on the Tour through 2007, competing in 71 career events, averaging 74.3 strokes per round in 171 rounds over her career. In 2004, Childs carded a career-low 67 during the final round of the Longs Drugs Challenge. Her top tournament finish was a tie for 27th at the 2007 State Farm LPGA Classics at the Panther Creek CC in Springfield, Ill., with a 5-under par 283.
From 1997-2001, Childs competed on the SBC Futures Tour and posted 10 top-10 finishes and recorded a hole-in-one at the 1998 U.S. Women's Open.
Childs hit a hole-in-one in her first-ever U.S. Women's Open in 1998. The hole-in-one was the 14th-ever in the U.S. Women's Open's history.
Childs' top three sponsors in her LPGA career were popular South Carolina band Hootie and the Blowfish, the Grande Dunes Resort in Myrtle Beach and Bridgestone Golf.
In her collegiate career, Childs was a four-year all-Southeastern Conference honoree who competed at South Carolina from 1992-96 and was a key member of Gamecock teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships in 1993, 1995 and 1996. Childs earned first-team all-SEC honors in 1994 and 1995. She finished third at the 1995 SEC Championships and finished 14th at the 1995 NCAA Championships with a score of 71-75-74-76=296 to help Carolina to a ninth-place finish at NCAAs, marking the school's best showing ever at the NCAA Championships. Childs was South Carolina's top finisher at the 1996 NCAA East Regional, finishing 12th with a score of 77-71-78=226. She had seven top-five finishes during her career as a Gamecock, a mark that ranks third in school history. Childs earned medalist honors at the 1993 Carolyn Cudone Intercollegiate and graduated from Carolina in 1996 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Childs also has recent experience as a tournament director with the Plantations Junior Golf Tour, and as a real estate agent in the South Carolina Midlands.