Austin Ernst

The Spirit Golf Association – USA: Austin Ernst

Authored one of the more storied moments in LSU women’s golf history when she became the first player in women’s golf history to win the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at The Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas … Fired rounds of 72-66-77-66 to shoot a school record total of 7-under par 281 to win the title by three strokes … Along with John Peterson of the LSU men’s team, LSU becomes the first school in history to hold both titles in the same calendar year … In final round, rallied from three shots down jump started by a hole-in-on on the second hole (165 yards) and then a 60-foot birdie putt on the third hole … 66s equaled second lowest round ever shot by LSU player in the championships … Matched her teammate Megan McChrystal’s feat of a year ago by finishing in the top 10 in all three post-season events – 9th at SECs, third for third at Regionals and then the national championship … Won two titles (also winning the Central District Invitational in February with a three-under 213 … First freshman to win a title for LSU since 1997 … Averaged 73.2 for her first season (28 rounds) with five top 10s … 14 rounds of par or under, six of those coming in the last rounds of tournaments … Shot best 54-hole total of 5-under 211, finishing tied for 10th in the first event of her LSU career, the Tar Heel Invitational.

Born on Jan. 31, 1992 in Greenville, S.C. … Parents are Mark and Melanie Ernst … Father is the PGA Club Professional at Cross Creek Plantation and played golf collegiately at Furman … Brother, Drew, plays for Coastal Carolina … Anticipated major at LSU is business … Made Honor Roll at Seneca and was named Outstanding Student.

Collegiate Finishes


Tar Heel Invitational 72-71-68 – 211 t10

Pac 10-SEC Challenge 79-74-71 – 224 t34

Central District Invitational 72-69-72 – 213 1st

Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate 80-74-75 – 229 t60

LSU Tiger Golf Classic 77-80-72 – 229 t37

Liz Murphey Collegiate 79-76-70 – 225 t25

SEC Women’s Golf Championship 73-71-75 – 219 9

NCAA Central Regional 74-72-73 – 219 t3

NCAA Championships 72-66-77-66 – 281 1st


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