It wasn’t the greatest finish for the Alabama women’s golf team. After winning the Southeastern Conference and advancing to No. 1 in the nation, the Crimson Tide had a shaky start in the NCAA Championship Tournament in Eugene, Oregon, and settled for 12th in the nation.
But the future looks bright for Coach Mic Potter’s Alabama squad. Even though the Tide loses Emma Talley, next year’s team returns another emerging superstar. Cheyenne Knight earned first team All-America in her freshman season.
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association selected Knight for the first team and Talley to the second team.
With her selection, Talley joins Stephanie Meadow (2011-2014) as the only four-time All-America honorees in Alabama women’s golf history. Knight the sixth Alabama player to win first team All-America honors since 2006.
Knight shot a six-under par 282 to finish tied for fourth at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships this week. Her four-round total is the lowest 72-hole score in Alabama history.
Talley earned first-team WGCA honors in 2015 after becoming Alabama’s first NCAA medalist at the 2015 championships at The Concession Club in Bradenton, Fla. Talley earned second-team honors as a freshman and honorable mention as a sophomore.
Alabama has earned 21 WGCA All-America honors by 11 different players since 2006 under Coach Mic Potter. There have been nine first-team selections by six different players, four second-team picks, and eight honorable mentions.