BARRINGTON, R.I. — LSU women’s golfer Austin Ernst, who won the NCAA Division I women’s golf championship in May, will compete in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at the Rhode Island Country Club beginning Monday.
Ernst received an automatic invitation to the 156-player field after winning the individual championship with a final round of 6-under 66 at The Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
This will mark the fourth time the RICC has hosted the USGA’s premier event for women amateur golfers on the par 71 Donald Ross course, which will play to 6,441 yards.
The 156 players will play two stroke play rounds — one Monday and one Tuesday — to determine the 64 players who will advance to match play beginning Wednesday. The field will then be whittled to the final two, who will play a 36-hole match on Sunday for the championship.
Ernst, who won two tournaments as a freshman in earning National Golf Coaches Association first-team All-America honors, helped the Lady Tigers to their best ever third-place team finish in the NCAA Championships. She has spent most of the summer attending summer school at LSU and this will be her first major competitive rounds since the NCAA championship.
Ernst is scheduled to go off at 6:22 a.m. CST, on the 10th anniversary week when Shreveport’s Meredith Duncan captured the U.S. Women’s Amateur before her senior year at LSU in 2001. Duncan defeated Nicole Perrot on the 37th hole when she stuffed her tee shot on the par-3 hole for a tap-in birdie to win the match, 1 up.
Match play begins on Wednesday. The Golf Channel will have two hours of coverage through Sunday at 2-4 p.m. CST.