Ernst, Lee, McCloskey named to World Am Team

Austin Ernst

The U.S. Golf Association has announced Austin Ernst, Erynne Lee and Lisa McCloskey as the three-woman team to represent the United States at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, to be played Sept. 27-30 at Gloria Golf Club (Old and New Courses) in Antalya, Turkey.

Ernst and McCloskey were part of the all-college U.S. dream team that competed against Great Britain and Ireland at the Curtis Cup in June. That team took a lead into Sunday singles, but lost the Cup by a slim 10.5-9.5 score.

Ernst, 20, won the 2011 NCAA individual championship as a freshman at LSU. She will play LPGA Q-School in the fall instead of returning to the Tiger roster. Ernst made it to the semifinals at the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2011 but fell to Lee in the Round of 16 at this year’s tournament. She recently won the North & South Women’s Amateur.

McCloskey, 21, recently graduated from USC after leading the team to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship. She was the stroke-play medalist at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links earlier this summer.

Lee, 19, will return to UCLA in the fall after a freshman campaign during which she led the Bruins in scoring and recieved Freshman of the Year honors. She recently reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Carol Semple Thompson, a seven-time USGA champion who has competed in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship five times, will captain the U.S. team.

The Americans finished second to Korea at the 2010 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.

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