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LSU Alums Set To Go As Solheim Cup Begins Saturday

by Kent Lowe
LSU Alums Set To Go As Solheim Cup Begins Saturday

BATON ROUGE – Two of LSU’s top alums on the LPGA Tour are back for the second time at the Solheim Cup which begins play early Saturday morning at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

Austin Ernst, who qualified fifth in the Solheim Cup points, will be part of the United States team while Madelene Sagstrom, who qualified as a captain’s pick, will represent Europe.

The biennial Solheim Cup features the game’s top players in three days of match play competition. Europe is the defending champion, having beaten the U.S. in the 2019 Solheim Cup, 14 ½ to 13 ½, at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Scotland.

This will be the 17th Solheim Cup with the USA holding a 10-6 advantage. The Americans must win 14 ½ points to win the Cup back. The USA was the winner in 2017 when both Ernst and Sagstrom played for their respective teams.

The 29-year-old Ernst who is 27th on the Rolex Rankings, was 2-2-0 in her 2017 Solheim debut, going 1-0 in four-ball (each member of a two-man team plays her own ball), 1-1 in foursome (alternate shot) and 0-1 in singles.

The 28-year-old Sagstrom, who is from Sweden, is 46th in the Rolex rankings. She was 1-2 in the 2017 Solheim Cup, going 0-2 in the four-ball and 1-0 in her singles match.

Ernst played at LSU in 2011 and 2012, winning the NCAA individual championship as a freshman in 2011 and earning All-America honors both years. Since joining the LPGA Tour in 2013 she has won $4.4 million on the tour with three wins, including one in 2021, and 29 career top 10 finishes.

Sagstrom, a first-team LSU All-America who played at LSU from 2012-15, was the Symetra Tour Player of the year in 2016 and joined the LPGA Tour in 2017. Sagstrom scored her first LPGA win in 2020 and has nine career top 10 finishes. After a T2 finish in the AIG Women’s Open in her last start, Sagstrom is less than three thousand dollars from the $2 million mark in career LPGA earnings.

Pairings for the opening four matches Saturday morning were to be announced later on Friday.

Coverage is set for Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT on Golf Channel, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports and then from 1:30 to conclusion back on Golf Channel. A similar broadcast is set for Sunday, starting at 6 a.m. on Golf Channel with a 90-minute window on NBC at 11 a.m. The 12 singles matches will be all on Golf Channel on Monday from 11 a.m. to conclusion.