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 has coached the last two consecutive South Atlantic Conference champion teams in 2012 and 2013 and was named the SAC Coach of the Year in 2013. Newberry has also earned medalist honors at the SAC Championship in those two seasons, with Barbara Castro in 2013 and Maria Luz Besio in 2012.
Childs has coached a first team All-American (Besio), three CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-Americans and three all-region players.
The Wolves also advanced to the NCAA Division II South Regional tournament in 2012 and 2013.
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.
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.