The good news was Alabama freshman Cheyenn Knight played very well at the Women’s NCAA Golf Championships in Eugene, Oregon, Friday. The bad news is that the Crimson Tide team is next-to-last after the first round of the tournament.
Knight shot a 3-under-par 69 to tie for third individually over the 6,331-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club. Otherwise, it was not a good day. Alabama shot 12-over-par 300 and is in 23rd place in the 24-team tournament.
“I’m glad we have 54 holes to get it back,” Bama Coach Mic Potter said. “It’s not what I expected. The number of shots (to make up) isn’t tremendous but we’re going to have to come out here and shoot under par, that’s for sure. You’ve got to play from the fairway out here. That’s the name of the game.”
Knight’s round is two shots off the season-low round of 67 she turned in at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. She was the lone Alabama golfer under par today. Seniors Janie Jackson (4-over 76) and Emma Talley (5-over 77) followed Knight. Sophomores Lakareber Abe and Nicole Morales came in at 6-over par 78.
Oklahoma State shot a 4-under par 284 to lead after the first round. UCLA is second at 286. Washington and USC are third at 289 and Arizona is fifth at 291.
The top eight teams at the end of the stroke play on Monday will qualify for the match play rounds that begin on Tuesday.