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Alabama’s Cheyenne Knight and Kristen Gillman win opening matches

Alabama’s winners could meet in round of 16 Thursday afternoon

Two of the three Alabama women’s golf team members playing in the U.S. Women’s Amateur won their opening match play contests Wednesday and advanced to Thursday’s round of 32 at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa.

Alabama sophomore Cheyenne Knight defeated UCF’s Ashley Holder, 2 up, clinching the match with a birdie on 18 to cap off a bogey-free round. Incoming Crimson Tide freshman Kristen Gillman downed TCU’s Annika Clark, 5 and 4, finishing with six birdies and no bogeys. Teammate Lauren Stephenson, a Bama sophomore, was eliminated from the competition when she fell to UCLA’s Bethany Wu, 3 and 2.

 Two rounds are scheduled today. Winners in the round of 32 in the morning will advance to the round of 16 in the afternoon.

The round of 32 and round of 16 are scheduled for Thursday.

Gillman will tee off in her match against South Carolina’s Katelyn Dambaugh at 7:30 a.m. CDT. Knight will face Japan’s Nasa Hatoka at 7:40 a.m. Should Knight and Gillman win their morning matches, they would meet each other on Thursday afternoon for a spot in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Morning round coverage can be viewed on the web from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  on Thursday afternoon’s round will air on Fox Sports 1 from 2-5 p.m.

The Crimson Tide’s Emma Talley became the first Alabama golfer to win the Women’s U.S. Amateur when she captured the title in 2013 at Charleston (S.C.) Country Club. Talley completed her senior season in May. Gillman won the event in 2014 as a 16-year old.

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