HANAHAN -- The Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Club was a homecoming of sorts for Louisiana State golfer Austin Ernst. The sophomore from Seneca made the most of playing in front of family members, winning the individual title to lead LSU to a five-shot victory over defending champion North Carolina on Tuesday.

The Tigers shot 11-under-par 277 in the final round to race past North Carolina. Florida finished third at 288, and North Carolina State and Georgia tied for fourth at 864.

South Carolina finished 10th at 869, Furman 13th at 898, College of Charleston 16th at 906 and Charleston Southern 22nd at 959.

Ernst, whose father is the head golf professional at Cross Creek Plantation, had an outstanding junior career. When it came to choosing a college, she said she wanted to get away and had plenty of options. LSU seemed to be a good fit.

Ernst, the 2010 NCAA individual women's golf champion, said it was special to win the Classic with her family watching.

"I just played solid golf, especially the first two days," she said. "The first two days I made it really easy on myself. I hit 35 out of 36 greens and hit every fairway. I missed two fairways today. I got it rolling pretty early. I missed the first green but made a key up and down. I never really had to scramble or work too hard for it."

Ernst made only one bogey Tuesday, on the par-3 16th.

LSU coach Karen Bahnsen said the victory was a great way to start the season and praised Ernst.

"She's a great leader for our team. She's doing unbelievable. She's just a competitor.

"This was a very good field, a very strong field. To come in and win, that's great. Our objective was to get our feet under us in this first tournament."

TEAM STANDINGS: LSU, 280-291-277--848; N. Carolina, 285-282-286--853; Florida, 284-284-288--856; N.C. State, 287-290-287--864; Georgia, 295-286-283--864; Vanderbilt, 290-291-284--865; Tennessee, 289-292-286--867; Alabama, 287-294-286--867; Duke, 292-293-282--867; South Carolina, 307-283-279--869; Mississippi, 296-287-293--876; Miami, 302-303--292--897; Furman, 301-302-295--898; Maryland, 299-305-297--901; Wake Forest, 307-300-297--904; Coll. of Charleston, 293-309-304--906; Minnesota, 305-301-305--911; Penn State, 308-304-299--911; UNC Greensboro, 305-312-298--915; Wisconsin, 308-315-293--916; Richmond, 315-321-307--943; Chas. Southern, 320-323-316--959.

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS: Austin Ernst, LSU, 67-69-67--203; Erica Popson, Tennessee, 66-69-72--207; Camilla Hedberg, Florida, 71-67-70--208; Tessa Teachman, LSU, 67-72-69--208; Jackie Chang, North Carolina, 71-69-70--210; Lindy Duncan, Duke, 74-69-68--211; Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia, 73-67-71--211; Casey Grice, UNC, 70-68-74--212; Marina Alex, Vanderbilt, 72-70-71--213; Laetitia Beck, Duke, 67-74-72--213; Katie Burnett, South Carolina, 73-66-74--213; Courtney Gunter, UNC, 73-70-71--214; Mia Piccio, Florida, 71-72-71--214; Lauren Stratton, Vandyt, 73-71-70--214; Meredith Swanson, USC, 77-69-68--214; Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia, 80-67-67--214; Jennifer Kirby, Alabama, 69-73-73--215; Ana Menendez, N.C. State, 70-74-71--215; Haley Sanders, Mississippi, 68-75-72--215; Fanny Cnops, UNCG, 75-69-72--216; Brooke Pancake, Alabama, 70-74-72--216; Emilie Burger, Georgia, 69-77-71--217; Stephanie Meadow, Alabama, 71-76-70--217; Vivian Tsui, N.C. State, 71-70-76--217; Allie White, UNC, 72-69-76--217.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Katie Burnett, 73-66-74--213; Meredith Swanson, 77-69-68--214; Amanda Strang, 78-73-70--221; Katie Rose Higgins, 79-75-67--221; Samantha Swinehart, 79-82-74--235.

FURMAN: Laura Wearn, 74-72-72--218; Liz Wendt, 77-71-74--222; Daffodil Sanchez, 75-78-74--227; Laura DeMarco, 75-82-75--232; Aubrie Street, 80-81-80--214.

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: Kathy Boehm, 69-74-76--219; Vanessa Koechli, 74-80-74--228; Leigh Whittaker, 76-74-79--229; Ainhoa Nogales, 74-83-77--234; Kathryn Miranda, 81-81-77--239.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN: Amanda D'Ostroph, 74-82-79--235; Torey Johnson, 81-82-76--239; Katelyn Bensch, 85-79-80--244; Viktoria Enhanger, 82-84-81--247; Jordan Hollinshead, 83-80-84--247.