Alabama went wire-to-wire at Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win its second consecutive Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, but Crimson Tide sophomore Cheyenne Knight needed a career-best 65 in the final round to win her second straight individual championship in the tournament.
Knight’s round was critical to the team victory as Alabama finished 2-over-par on Sunday and 7-over-par for the tournament (292-291-286/859) to edge second-place Duke, which finished at 9-over par (286-287-288/861). Arizona State finished third at 13-over par (288-288-289/865), South Carolina was fourth at 24-over par (289-291-296/876). Georgia (292-295-293/880) finished fifth at 28-over par at the 6,218-yard, par-71 Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Knight (68-72-65/205) played a bogey-free round on Sunday with three birdies on both the front and back nines to win by seven shots over Arizona State’s Linnea Strom and become just the seventh Tide golfer to shoot a round of 65. Knight’s previous low round was a five-under par 66 in the first round of the Schooner Fall Classic earlier this season. Her three-round score of 205 is the second-lowest of her career, behind only her school-record 202, set at the 2016-17 season-opening Mason Rudolph Championship, and the fifth-lowest in school history.
Knight’s third-round 65 ties for second-lowest in school history behind Lakareber Abe’s 63 in the third round of the 2017 Mason Rudolph Championship. The 65 is the third round of 65 or lower recorded by an Alabama women’s golfer this season and the seventh in program history.
Freshman Kristen Gillman (58-71-75/214) finished fourth at 1-over par. Sophomore Lauren Stephenson (71-75-72/218) tied for 9th at 5-over par. Junior Lakareber Abe tied for 51st at 14-over par (75-73-79/227) and senior Mia Landegren (78-80-74/232) tied for 67th at 19-over par.
Alabama has now won four of the last seven titles at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. The Tide also won in 2011, 2012 and 2016.
Alabama has finished first or second in four of its six tournaments this season, with wins at the Rucker and at the Mason Rudolph Championship and runner-up finishes at the Schooner Fall Classic and the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational.
The Crimson Tide will return to action at the Bryan National Collegiate at the Bryan Park Golf Course in Brown’s Summit, N.C., March 31-April 2.