Ernst, LSU sweep Cougar Classic

Austin Ernst walks off the tee box at No. 18 during the Round of 64 at the U. S. Women's Amateur Championship at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, Rhode Island.

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1Alison LeeUCLA  69.96 
2Stephanie MeadowAlabama  70.17 
3Gaby LopezArkansas  70.29 
4Noemi JimenezArizona St  70.31 
5Celine BoutierDuke  70.40 

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1Southern California 70.64  13 
2UCLA 70.83  12 
3Duke 70.89  11 
4Stanford 71.74  13 
5Arizona State 71.75  12 

Led by medalist Austin Ernst, LSU claimed a five-shot win over North Carolina at the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall.

Ernst, the defending NCAA champion, closed with her second 67 of the week (67-69-67) to finish at 13 under and defeat Erica Popson of Tennessee by four shots. Popson closed in 72 to edge Florida’s Camilla Hedberg and LSU’s Tessa Teachman (T-3) by a shot.

Florida (8 under) finished third after an even-par final round, while North Carolina State and Georgia tied for fourth. Georgia’s Marta Silva Zamora, No. 1 in Golfweek’s preseason rankings, finished T-12, while Rocio Sanchez Lobato led the Bulldogs with a T-6 finish.

LSU was No. 8 in Golfweek’s preseason rankings. Alabama, which finished T-7, was No. 3, and Tennessee was No. 7. Ernst was No. 10 in the individual rankings.

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