Cheyenne Knight makes her LPGA debut at V

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, April 30th, 2016

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TOM WARD
tompward@sbcglobal.net

Cheyenne Knight of Aledo is having a stellar freshman year on
the University of Alabama women’s golf team, which is the top ranked
team in the country, as they head to the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek
Regional at the Shoal Creek Club in Shoal Creek, Ala., May 5th-7th.
Before joining her teammates Knight has some business to attend
to at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Las Colinas C.C. in
Irving. Cheyenne is one of the four amateurs in the field competing in
her first LPGA Tournament. Knight, along with three other
players, qualified last month at a College and High School shootout
held at Las Colinas where 44 high school players and 40 collegiate
players vied for the four (4) coveted spots in this week’s tournament.
Knight comes into her first professional tournament with some
impressive credentials. As a high school player she;
– Won the Texas 4A state golf individual title in 2014
– Won the Texas 5A state golf individual crown in 2015 as a senior.
– Earned Honorable Mention Rolex Junior All- American honors in 2014
– Was chosen as a member of the 2014 US Today All- USA Girls Golf Team
– Won the 2014 American Junior Golf Association’s Valero Open with a
4-under 212.
– Was selected as the North Texas High School Golf Coaches
Association Player of the Year for 2015
Knight didn’t rest on her laurels as she headed to Alabama. As a
freshman she;
– Earned SEC Women’s Freshman Golfer of the Week Feb.10 and March 9
– Cruised past Georgia’s Rinko Mitsunaga 7-and-5 in the semifinals of
Liz Murphy to help the team reach the championship, where she was
edged out by UCLA’s Bethany Wu by one hole
– Held a two-hole lead through 16 against Denver’s Katharina Baratta
when the Tide clinched the victory
– Shot a 2-over 74 in the stroke play round of Liz Murphy to open the event
– Claimed the individual title at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate
with an even-par 213 (67-74-72)
– Fired a 2-over 215 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge to
place in a tie for eighth in the individual standings –
– Shot a 2-over 218 at the Landfall Tradition, finishing tied for 16th
– Recorded a 5-over 221 at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational to
finish tied for 14th
– Began her collegiate career with a 2-under 214 at the Mason Rudolph
Championship to tie for seventh place.
I caught up with Cheyenne after her press conference on
Wednesday and visited with her and her caddy Derrick Brown who both
play out of Shady Oaks C.C. in Ft. Worth. Knight told me that is was
an honor to play in the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.
She added, “This is my first LPGA tournament and to be able to
play it from my home state makes it that more special.”
Her caddy Derrick Brown whose won the Club Championship at Shady
Oaks added that he liked her chances this week. I asked Brown what was
Knight’s strengths of her game?
Brown stated, “Her strengths are definitely ball striking and
her putting is great.”
Before she headed out to the course to practice I asked Cheyenne
what are her expectations this week?
Knight replied, “Making the cut would be great as there are two
cuts here. Also, I’m just going to take it all in with no expectations
and keep a good attitude and not get too upset if I have a bad hole.”
She mentioned to me she will be wearing a hat with an Alabama
logo on it along with her Alabama golf bag that Brown will be
carrying. Look for some shouts of “Roll Tide” this week especially if
she gets hot with the putter on the greens. Then it’s back to school
to get ready for the NCAA Regional’s. It’s the 11th straight
invitation to postseason competition for the Crimson Tide, which
captured the program’s first NCAA Championship in 2012 at the Legends
Club in Franklin, Tenn.
With Cheyenne Knight on the team I believe Alabama will be a
force to reckoned with at the NCAA Championships at the Eugene Country
Club on May 20-25 in Eugene, Oregon.

Tom Ward can be contacted at www.teetimewithtom.com

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