LPGA 2021 - Drive On Championship Presented by Volvik at Golden Ocala
A Convincing Five Stroke Win by Austin Ernst
From Golf Channel:
Austin Ernst won the Drive On Championship on Sunday for her third LPGA Tour title, pulling away to beat fellow former NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho by five strokes at Golden Ocala.
Tied for the lead with Kupcho after each of the first two rounds and a stroke ahead entering the day, Ernst closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 15-under 273.
Kupcho, coming off a closing eagle Saturday, had a double bogey and three bogeys in a 74...
...With brother Drew, a former player at Coastal Carolina, working as her caddie, Ernst birdied Nos. 4-7 to get to 17 under, but dropped back with bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13.
From LPGA News:
"I think the difference this week even just the last week was I just fully committed to believing in what I do and that it's good enough," said Ernst, who missed the cut last week in the Gainbridge LPGA with rounds of 75 and 72.
"I think this week proved that it's more than good enough. It was fun to walk up and know that I was going to win. I haven't had that yet, so that was fun."
Austin Ernst led by just one stroke after 54 holes, but there was little drama on Sunday evening. Ernst closed with a two-under 70 at the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla., to win the LPGA Drive On Championship and cruise to her third LPGA Tour title.
Ernst finished her round with five straight pars to finish 15 under overall and beat runner-up Jennifer Kupcho by five. Kupcho, who shot 74 on Sunday, entered the day one off the lead but couldn’t catch Ernst on Sunday.
From The Straits Times:
Austin Ernst started strong and held on through two late bogeys Sunday (March 7), firing a final-round 70 to beat Jennifer Kupcho by five strokes in the LPGA Drive On Championship in Ocala, Florida.
Ernst started the day with a one-stroke lead over Kupcho, and built it to six with a burst of four straight birdies from fourth through the seventh holes.
Back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13 saw her lead dwindle to three strokes, but Kupcho's challenge finally faded with a double-bogey at the par-three 15th and Ernst cruised home for her third LPGA Tour title with a 15-under par total of 273.