Not long after being named first team All-America, Alabama’s Cheyenne Knight has been named the 2016 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Freshman of the Year. She is the first Alabama women’s golfer to earn the honor.
The Aledo, Texas, native posted a team-low 72.28 stroke average and recorded six top 10 finishes, including a victory at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. She was Alabama’s top finisher at the NCAA Championships, tying for fourth place with a school-record 72-hole score of 282 (6-under par). Knight also led the Crimson Tide at the SEC Championships, placing third overall to help Alabama capture the school’s third conference title in the last seven seasons.
Knight was Alabama’s top finisher in five of the team’s 11 tournaments over the course of the season and netted 11 rounds under par, including six in the 60's, three of which were in the postseason as well as one in her first collegiate round at the Mason Rudolph Challenge in September. She recorded a season-low 67 in the first round of the Darius Rucker on March 4.
The WGCA Freshman of the Year Award is presented annually to the top freshman in NCAA Division I, II and III women's golf. Freshmen must have competed in a minimum of 15 competitive rounds to be considered. The criteria include:
- Adjusted scoring average for the year.
- Place finishes in regular season events, conference tournaments, the NCAA Regional and Championships.
- Head-to-head comparisons against the top 60 in the Golfstat rankings.
- Comparison of common opponents.
- Strength of Schedule