The LSU women’s golf team moved up one spot to third in the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association coaches’ poll announced Wednesday.

LSU received two first-place votes from the panel of 21 coaches and has 456 points, 26 points behind second-place Southern California at 482 with one first-place vote. Defending national champion UCLA claimed 16 of the available votes.

LSU won the season-opening Cougar Classic with a 16-under par total and sophomore Austin Ernst, the defending NCAA champion, won the individual competition with a 13-under.

Alabama was fourth in the poll and North Carolina fifth. Florida, at No. 9, and No. 10 Georgia make it four SEC teams in the top 10.

LSU’s next start of the fall season is the Lady Tar Heel Invitational, Oct. 7-9, in Chapel Hill, N.C.


LSU’S RPI NO. 34: The Tigers are rated No. 34 following the release of the NCAA’s first Ratings Percentage Index of 2011 on Wednesday.

The RPI is the primary ratings system used by the NCAA when determining which squads will receive at-large bids to compete in the 2011 NCAA women’s soccer tournament.

The Tigers finished the nonconference season 5-3-1, highlighted by a 1-1 draw against a Pepperdine team ranked No. 14. LSU kicked off SEC play with a weekend sweep of Mississippi State and Ole Miss to improve to 7-3-1 and sit at the top of the league table with six points in a three-way tie for first place.

BOUDREAU SELECTED TO NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: After being selected the SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday morning, senior Taryne Boudreau was honored as a member of the Soccer America Women’s National Team of the Week on Wednesday.

Boudreau scored five goals and 11 points for the week, including a pair of game-winning goals in a 5-1 win over Mississippi State on Friday and a 3-2 win over Ole Miss on Sunday.


ERNST TO REPRESENT USA, SAGSTROM FOR SWEDEN IN NOVEMBER SPIRIT INTERNATIONAL: The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship will have an LSU feel to it when it’s held in November.

Defending NCAA champion Austin Ernst of LSU will join Emily Tubert of Arkansas on the women’s side and they will be joined on the men’s portion of the team by Kelly Kraft of SMU and Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh.

The event will be played at the Whispering Pines Golf Club outside Houston.

In addition, another LSU player, freshman Madelene Sagstrom will represent her home country of Sweden in the four-day event.


LSU-TENNESSEE MATCH TO BE FRIDAY NIGHT MEAL DEAL: The Tigers will hold the first of four Friday Night Meal Deals at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center when they host No. 23 Tennessee.

Fans already receive free admission for every home volleyball match this season compliments of the Advocate’s Geaux Free Program.

Now for $7 per meal, LSU concessions will provide a special dinner for each of the Tigers four Friday night SEC matches, starting at 6 p.m. inside the Courtside Club located at the Northwest Corridor entrance of the arena.

Fans can reserve their meals by emailing promotions or by contacting Katie at (225) 578-5050 with the number of meal deals and names. The Friday Night Meal Deal also will be available to walk-up customers on a cash-only basis while supplies last.