College Golf

Rain and mixed results at US Women’s Open

LPGA Tour veteran Austin Ernst from Seneca is 21st at the US Women’s Open. (USGA Photo)

Three area golfers started the US Women’s Open on Thursday and two will have the opportunity to play on the weekend.

Austin Ernst from Seneca is a veteran of the competition and carded a second round 2-under par 70 to be in a tie for 21st place going into the weekend.

Lauren Stephenson from Lexington has the second best score among amateurs in the Open field. The Alabama golfer shot identical even par rounds of 72 for a 144 total and is tied for 31st place when she begins play in the third round.

Lexington’s Lauren Stephenson is tied for 31st at the women’s championship. (File Photo)

Furman rising sophomore Natalie Srinivasan shot a second round 1-under par 71, but missed the cut by two shots.

Srinivasan has some tough luck when rain slowed down the first round and forced the Lady Paladin golfer to come out early on Friday to finish her round before starting the second round.

The Spartanburg golfer shot a 5-over 77 in the rain delayed first round and finished at 148 in her first start in the national championship.

Natalie Srinivasan shot a second round 1-under par 71, but missed the cut by two shots. (File Photo)

Srinivasan, who won the Southern Conference individual title and was named the freshman of the year in the conference also qualified for the US Amateur.

Her next USGA event begins at the San Diego Country Club on August 7th.

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