News & ToursFebruary 28, 2011

Ga. Tech's White, LSU's Ernst claim weekly honors

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James White, Georgia Tech

A closing 68 at Rio Mar CC's River Course gave the junior from Acworth, Ga., a one-stroke victory over Alabama's Bud Cauley at the Puerto Rico Classic, his second win of the 2010-11 season.

"I didn't start off so quick, but I kept telling myself that things would turn out, and I'd have a chance at the end," said White, who posted a 10-under 206 total. "I felt like right around the turn there were some good chances to make birdies. The holes for 11 to 15 you could bank on. I tried to get one or two in the beginning and stay steady."

White's triumph was perhaps predictable. In his previous six rounds on the course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, he had shot no worse than 71, finishing T-6 in the tournament in 2009 and T-15 in 2010. White maintained he record with opening rounds of 69-69.

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Austin Ernst, LSU

The freshman from Seneca, S.C., won her first college event, shooting a three-under 213 at the Central District Invitational to beat TCU's Brooke Beeler by one stroke. Ernst shot a final-round 72 at River Wilderness GC in Parrish, Fla., to rally from three shots off Beeler's second-round lead. In the process, she became the 14th player in school history to win an individual title.

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