CHARLESTON, S.C. - The No. 4-ranked LSU women’s golf team and sophomore defending NCAA champion Austin Ernst are both in good position to contend for the title after Monday’s second round of the Cougar Classic at the Yeaman Hall Course.
LSU is in third after 36 holes of the 54-hole event at 5-under-par 571 after posting a 3-over round of 291 Monday. The Lady Tigers trail leader North Carolina (567) by four shots. Florida is second at 568, and North Carolina State is fourth at 1-over 577.
Four SEC teams - Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt - are tied for fifth at 5-over 581, with Ole Miss in ninth at 583.
Ernst shot a 3-under 69 Monday to give her a two-day total of 8-under 136, one shot behind leader Erica Popson of Tennessee.
Ernst’s 136 is the lowest individual 36-hole total in LSU history, beating the 138 that Ernst had at the halfway point of the NCAA Division I Championship a year ago. The 138 mark was originally set by All-American Ashley Wynn of LSU in a 1998 event in Hawaii.
The final round will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Tuesday with North Carolina, Florida and LSU playing together. Live scoring is available at http://www.LSUsports.net through Golfstat.com. Follow LSU women’s golf on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/LSUwomensgolf and on Twitter @LSUwomensgolf.
TEAM RESULTS (288-576): 1. North Carolina 285-282-567 -9; 2. Florida 284-284-568 -8; 3. LSU 280-291-571 -5; 4. North Carolina State 287-290-577 +1; 5. Vanderbilt 290-291-581 +5; Tennessee 289-292-581 +5; 5. Alabama 287-294-581 +5; 5. Georgia 295-286-581 +5; 9. Ole Miss 296-287-583 +7; 10. Duke 292-293-585 +9; 11. South Carolina 307-283-590 +14; 12. Charleston 293-309-602 +26; 13. Furman 301-302-603 +27; 14. Maryland 299-305-604 +28; 15. Miami 302-303-605 +29; 16. Minnesota 305-301-606 +30; 17. Wake Forest 307-300-607 +31; 18. Penn State 308-304-612 +36; 19. UNCG 305-312-617 +41; 20. Wisconsin 308-315-623 +47; 21. Richmond 315-321-636 +60; 22. Charleston Southern 320-323-643 +67.
TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS (72-144): 1. Erica Popson, Tennessee, 66-69 ?135 -9; 2. Austin Ernst, LSU, 67-69-136 -8; 3. Casey Grice, North Carolina, 70-68-138 -6; 3. Camilla Hedberg, Florida, 71-67-138 -6; 5. Katie Burnett, South Carolina, 73-66-139 -5; 5. Tessa Teachman, LSU, 67-72-139 -5.
LSU SCORES: 2. Austin Ernst 67-69-136 -8; T5. Tessa Teachman 67-72-139 -5; T38. Lindsay Gahm 73-75-148 +4; T38. Jacqueline Hedwall 73-75-148 +4; T47. Madeline Sagstrom 74-76-150 +6
Track and field
BRAZELL JOINS STAFF: Former Tiger two-sport standout Bennie Brazell joined the coaching staff as LSU’s top men’s sprints and hurdles assistant.
A member of the LSU track and field program from 2002-05, Brazell helped the Tigers win five NCAA relay titles while earning 14 All-America honors as a 400-meter hurdler.
Brazell is LSU’s first athlete to win national championships in two different sports: He was on the track and field national outdoors champions in 2002, indoor champions in 2004, and the 2003 football national championship team.
CALLOWAY NAMED SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After being selected the Defensive MVP of the 2011 LSU Invitational, redshirt freshman defender Jodi Calloway was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Calloway led a Tiger defense that surrendered just one goal in two matches: a 1-0 shutout of Oregon on Friday and a 1-1 draw with No. 13-ranked Pepperdine on Sunday.
SKUPSKI, BORSOS EARN PRESEASON RANKINGS: LSU senior Neal Skupski and junior Olivier Borsos are ranked in both singles and doubles in the Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings.
Skupski is No. 31 in singles, and Borsos is No. 105. As a doubles team, they are ranked No. 31.
LSU opens its fall season Friday when Skupski, Mark Bowtell and Chris Simpson travel to the USTA Futures Qualifying Tournament in Costa Mesa, Calif.
WALK-ON TRYOUTS SET FOR MONDAY: The LSU men’s basketball team’s fourth annual walk-on tryouts will be held Monday at the LSU practice facility gymnasium. There is a mandatory meeting at 3 p.m. Monday, with the tryout session beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Team member Andrew Del Piero was selected in last year’s tryouts.
Interested students must email Zach Kendrick, firstname.lastname@example.org, of the men’s basketball staff before noon Thursday to acquire the necessary information to enter the tryouts, including NCAA compliance eligibility.