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Austin Ernst
Height: 5'5"
Class: Sophomore
Experience: 1 Letter
City/State: Seneca, S.C.
High School: Seneca HS
Major: Athletic Training
Born: 01/31/1992
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Austin Ernst Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 07/20/2012

2012 All-SEC Second Team
2012 NGCA Honorable Mention All-American
2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2012 LSWA All-Louisiana Player of the Year
2011 Semifinalist, US Women's Amateur
2011 NCAA Division I Women's Championship Medalist
2011 NGCA, Golfweek First-Team All-American
2011 NGCA All-Scholar Athlete Team
2011 SEC Second Team
2011 SEC Freshman Team
2011 Freshman SEC Academic Honor Roll
2011 LSWA All-Louisiana First Team

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012)
Played in 31 rounds, averaging 73.4 to lead the team ... Two-year average for 59 rounds of 73.3, second best in LSU women's golf history ... Posted her third career victory as a collegiate with an amazing school record score of 13-under par 203 (67-69-67) in winning the season opening Cougar Classic ... Three other top five finishes - 5th at Lady Puerto Rico Classic to open the spring with an even par 216; 4th at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic at 2-over 218 and second at the NCAA West Regional at 6-under 210 (71-69-70) ... Struggled early on in the NCAA Championships in trying to defend her crown, but helped LSU to a second straight third place finish in the championships with a four-under 68 in the final round ... 14 rounds of par or under, 28 for two years ... 7 top fives in two years; 9 top 10s ... Played for the U.S.A. in the Spirit International as part of the gold medal winning team and played for the United States in the Walker Cup matches against Great Britain and Ireland.

SUMMER (2011)
Advanced all the way to the 18th hole of her semifinal match in the United States Women's Amateur before falling to the No. 2 Junior Girls golfer in the world ... Rallied from three down after three holes to get the match square on the 15th hole ... Was the 10th seed after qualifying with back-to-back rounds of even par 71 at the Rhode Island Golf Club ... Won matches for the first time in four career USGA events ... Never recorded a card higher than even par, shooting three under 68 in the round she lost.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2010-11)
Authored one of the more storied moments in LSU women's golf history when she became the first LSU player to win the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship at The Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas ... Fired rounds of 72-66-77-66 to shoot a school record 72-hole total of 7-under par 281 to win the title by three strokes ... Along with John Peterson of the LSU men's team, LSU becomes the first school in history to hold both NCAA individual titles in the same calendar year ... In final round, rallied from three shots down jump started by a hole-in-one on the second hole (165 yards) and then a 60-
foot birdie putt on the third hole ... 66s equaled second lowest round ever shot by LSU player in the championships ... Matched her teammate Megan McChrystal' s feat of a year ago by finishing in the top 10 in all three post-season events - ninth at SECs, tied for third at Regionals and then the national championship ... Won two titles (also winning the Central District Invitational in February with a three-under 213) ... First freshman to win a title for LSU since 1997 ... Averaged 73.2 for her first season (28 rounds) with five top 10s ... 14 rounds of par or under, six of those coming in the last rounds of tournaments ... Shot best 54-hole total of 5-under 211, finishing tied for 10th in the first event of her LSU career, the Tar Heel Invitational.

PRIOR TO LSU
Quality golfer who was a two-time AJGA Rolex junior All-American in 2007 and 2009 ... Ranked 12th in the Golfweek/Titleist Sagarin Junior girls rankings at the time of her signing in Nov. 2009 ... Wendy's High School Heisman winner at Seneca High School ... Two career AJGA victories to go with eight top five finishes ... Two big wins in 2010, winning the Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls' Championships and an impressive 4 & 3 win in the finals of the Carolina Women's Match Play Championship in July in
Stanley, N. C. ... Posted seven-under par in the championship match ... Multiple Class 3A All-State selection in high school ... Team was the 2005, 2006 Upper State runner-ups and regional champions in 2006 and 2009 ... 2007 State High School Champion, runnerup in 2006, 2009 ... 2007, 2009 3A State Player of the Year ... AJGA Player Representative to Board of Directors, 2009 ... 2008 qualified for U.S. Women's Amateur and has made three appearances in the USGA Girls junior.

PERSONAL
Born on Jan. 31, 1992 in Greenville, S.C. ... Parents are Mark and Melanie Ernst ... Father is the PGA Club Professional at Cross Creek Plantation and played golf collegiately at Furman ... Brother, Drew, played for Coastal Carolina ... Major at LSU is business ... Made Honor Roll at Seneca and was named Outstanding Student.

Collegiate Finishes
2010-11
Tar Heel Invitational 72-71-68 - 211 t10
Pac 10-SEC Challenge 79-74-71 - 224 t34
Central District Invitational 72-69-72 - 213 1st
Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate 80-74-75 - 229 t60
LSU Tiger Golf Classic 77-80-72 - 229 t37
Liz Murphey Collegiate 79-76-70 - 225 t25
SEC Women's Golf Championship 73-71-75 - 219 9
NCAA Central Regional 74-72-73 - 219 t3
NCAA Championships 72-66-77-66 - 281 1st

2011-12
Cougar Classic 67-69-67 - 203 1
Mason Rudolph Fall Preview 78-75-71 - 224 t30
Tar Heel Invitational 72-73-72 - 217 t15
Mercedes-Benz SEC-Pac 12 82-74-74 - 230 t70
Lady Puerto Rico Classic 71-72-73 - 216 E
Central District Invitational 68-77-77 - 222 t16
LSU Tiger Golf Classic 73-73-72 - 218 4
SEC Women's Championships 78-83-79 - 240 t36
NCAA West Regional 71-69-70 - 210 2
NCAA Women's Championships 78-75-74-68 - 295 t29

Career Statistics:

Season

Rounds

Strokes

Avg.

Par or Under

Low 18

Low 54

Top 10

Best

2010-11

28

2,050

73.2

14

66 (2)

211

5

1st (2)

2011-12

31

2,275

73.4

14

67

203

4

1

Totals

59

4,325

73.3

28

66 (2)

203

9

1st (3)

 

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