LSU edges Georgia at spring opener in Puerto Rico

LSU's Austin Ernst shot a 66 during Round 2 of the Women's Division I Golf Championships.

LSU's Austin Ernst shot a 66 during Round 2 of the Women's Division I Golf Championships.

Women's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1Alison LeeUCLA  69.59 
2Annie ParkUSC  69.73 
3Yu LiuDuke  69.81 
4Stephanie MeadowAlabama  70.00 
5Gaby LopezArkansas  70.01 

Women's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1Southern California 70.32 
2UCLA 70.60 
3Duke 70.79 
4Stanford 71.49  10 
5Arkansas 71.52 

LSU opened the spring just as it did the fall. The Tigers won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday for their third victory of the 2011-12 season.

LSU took a share of the lead with Georgia with a first-round 6-over 294 at Rio Mar Country Club’s River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Georgia, ranked 11th by Golfweek, overtook No. 6 LSU by one shot with a second-round 292, but the Tigers' final-round 298 left them at 20-over 884 for the tournament, two shots ahead of the Bulldogs.

LSU won the Cougar Classic, which featured a 22-team field, to start the spring, and won again at the Tar Heel Invitational a month later.

Austin Ernst (fifth) and Tessa Teachman (T-9) finished in the top 10 for LSU in Puerto Rico, while Madelene Sagstrom and Lindsay Gahm also finished in the top 20.

Georgia senior Marta Silva Zamora was the individual medalist at 3-under 213. It’s only the second time Silva Zamora, last year’s Player of the Year, has finished inside the top 10 this season. She was two shots ahead of three players tied for second, including teammate Emilie Burger, Purdue’s Laura Gonzalez and Arkansas’ Emily Tubert.

On the team leaderboard, Oklahoma State was third at 26-over 890, while Arkansas (892) and Northwestern (899) rounded out the top 5.

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