The former Louisiana State University (LSU) Tiger got off to a slow start in 2013 missing seven cuts in her first 12 starts but a tie for sixth finish at last month’s Manulife LPGA Classic provided Ernst a boost to her rollercoaster of a season.
“My rookie year has had its ups-and-downs,” said Ernst. “I didn’t have as good of a start to the year as I hoped it would be but I had a really good week at Manulife which really helped me. I just made a lot of putts that week and ended up tied for sixth but it’s definitely had its ups-and-downs. Life on Tour has been a little different especially coming from college golf, amateur golf the biggest adjustment has just been playing every week. Not really having any weeks off and really playing four weeks in a row, traveling all around.”
In addition to the solid finish in Canada, Ernst’s brother now serves as her caddie and travels throughout the world with his sister. The change seems to be paying off for Ernst as she fired a first-round 5-under 67 in the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola and was 2-strokes off the lead.
“I think recently what has helped me is my brother is on my bag now so I travel with him now too,” said Ernst. “It’s definitely been nice having him out with me as opposed to the beginning of the year when I was on my own trying to find my way. But it’s been a good year so far, obviously I would like to finish it off well and make it into Asia, I’m in CME already so I want to finish the year off strong.”