HANAHAN -- LSU placed four of its five golfers in the top 25 and earned a four-shot lead over Florida after Sunday's opening round of the Cougar Classic women's college golf tournament being played at Yeamans Hall Club.
The Tigers are at 8-under-par 280, while Florida posted a 284. Defending champion North Carolina is another shot back.
The College of Charleston, led by Kathy Boehm's 3-under 69, is in ninth place at 293. Furman opened with a 301, South Carolina is at 307 and Charleston Southern opened with a 320.
Sophomore Austin Ernst of Seneca, the defending NCAA individual champion, and senior Tessa Teachman led LSU with opening-round 67s, one shot off the individual lead held by Tennessee's Erica Popson.
Popson had eight birdies and two bogeys to open the tournament. Ernst made seven birdies and two bogeys while Teachman's round included six birdies and one bogey.
The tournament runs through Tuesday and is open to the public. Tee times today run from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., while Tuesday's final round will feature a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
TEAM STANDINGS: LSU, 280; Florida, 284; North Carolina, 285; North Carolina State, 287; Alabama, 287; Tennessee, 289; Vanderbilt, 290; Duke, 292; College of Charleston, 293; Georgia, 295; Mississippi, 296; Maryland, 299; Furman, 301; Miami, 30; UNC Greensboro, 305; Minnesota, 305; South Carolina, 307; Wake Forest, 307; Penn State, 308; Wisconsin, 308; Richmond, 315; Charleston Southern, 320.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: Erica Popson, Tennessee, 66; Laetitia Beck, Duke, 67; Austin Ernst, LSU, 67; Tessa Teachman, LSU, 67; Haley Sanders, Mississippi, 68; Kathy Boehm, College of Charleston, 69; Emilie Burger, Georgia, 69; Jennifer Kirby, Alabama, 69; Katherine Perry, North Carolina, 69; Casey Grice, North Carolina, 70; Ana Menendez, N.C. State, 70; Brooke Pancake, Alabama, 70; Jackie Chang, North Carolina, 71; Camilla Hedberg, Florida, 71; Evan Jensen, Florida, 71; Isabelle Lendl, Florida, 71; Stephanie Meadow, Alabama, 71; Mia Piccio, Florida, 71; Vivian Tsui, N.C. State, 71; Marina Alex, Vanderbilt, 72; Anna Leigh Keith, Vanderbilt, 72; Sara Monberg, Tennessee, 72; Allie White, North Carolina, 72; Cheyenne Woods, Wake Forest, 72.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: Kathy Boehm, 69; Vanessa Koechli, 74; Ainhoa Nogales, 74; Leigh Whittaker, 76; Kathryn Miranda, 81.
FURMAN: Laura Wearn, 74; Daffodil Sanchez, 75; Laura DeMarco, 75; Liz Wendt, 77; Aubrie Street, 80.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Katie Burnett, 73; Meredith Swanson, 77; Amanda Strang, 78; Katie Rose Higgins, 79; Samantha Swineheart, 79.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN: Amanda D'Ostroph, 74; Torey Johnson, 81; Viktoria Enhanger, 82; Jordan Hollinshead, 83; Katelyn Bensch, 85.