Gracyn Burgess was the top golfer in the state and ended her career with a fifth state championship at Lexington. 

Long before her senior season, she was on the radar of Kellie Hester who at the time was the head coach at Furman. When Hester took over at Clemson, she continued to recruit Burgess who signed with the Tigers. 

For the former News19 Player of the Week, college athletics - whether it's football or golf - is essentially a lifestyle.

"Oh my goodness, yes. It's like a full-time job," Burgess said.

"We practice everyday for three to four hours. We have an hour workout. You're meeting with mental coaches, nutritionists and then you go to class. So really, there's no time in between whereas high school has a lot more down time. But this is like a job. You go to it 24-7."

Not that Burgess is complaining. To be able to play college golf in a Power 5 conference has made all the hard work worth it. Although as she has learned, nothing is guaranteed in terms of competing. 

"In high school, I didn't have to quality to play, but here, if I'm not playing my best, I won't make our lineup, which is completely different for me. So having to qualify and play against girls on my team that are so good, it's ruthless. Because we're against each other one day and the next day we're on the golf course pulling for each other. So, golf's a cool sport and you don't see that in other sports."

Burgess is currently fourth on the team with a 74.53 scoring average. Next week, Clemson will be in Greensboro for the ACC Championship.