Foster’s Auburn win East Lake Cup while Hearn shines in South Alabama triumph

Ronan MacNamara

Anna Foster (Photo by Mark Runnacles/R&A via Getty Images)

Anna Foster earned a 4UP win over Blanca Fernandez Garcia-Poggio as Auburn University romped to a whitewash win over Texas A&M in the final of the East Lake Cup at East Lake Golf Club. 

Foster’s side completed a 5-0 hammering of their opponents to take the title. 

Having finished in third place in the strokeplay section they faced Oregon State in the semi-final which they won by three points to two with the deciding match going down the 19th hole after Foster had claimed a 4&2 win with a birdie on 16 to close it out. 

Texas had seen off Annabel Wilson’s UCLA to make the decider. 

Auburn started quickly and never looked back, racing into a 3-0 lead to take win the tie with the Elm Park golfer called in after 14 holes in which she held a 4UP lead. 

Foster who is in her junior year was on course to close out her match after three birdies in a row on 12, 13 and 14 took the match away from Garcia-Poggio. 

“These girls really dug in an really wanted it today,” Auburn head coach Melissa Luellen said after the victory. “I can’t tell you how proud we all are of our younger players like Casey [Weidenfeld] who led us off today. Elina [Sinz] really played well and our freshman Rachel [Gourley] struggled this week, won big today. For three of our youngest players to win one, two, three was amazing.” 

Meanwhile Tramore’s Jack Hearn fired a final round of four-under 67 to help South Alabama win The Clerico. 

Hearn who won the Ulster Strokeplay earlier this year and was recently named on Golf Ireland’s High Performance Panel charged up the leaderboard on the final day, rising a whopping fifteen places. 

The Waterford man finished in third place on two-under, three adrift of eventual winner Luke Kluver. 

Hearn started well with a brace of opening birdies and added further gains on the tenth, fifteenth and sixteenth with his only blemish on the par-4 4th. 

Hearn was eleventh in his last outing at the Tempest Collegiate so he is in good form Stateside. 

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