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Cheyenne Knight left no doubt.
The Alabama sophomore fired a bogey-free 6-under 65 on Sunday at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate going from one behind to a seven-shot victory. That final-round score was a career-best for Knight, who successfully defended her Darius Rucker title with the effort.
This is her second win of the season and third of her career at Alabama. The runaway victory also allowed the No. 3 Crimson Tide to take the team title. Alabama fired a 2-over 286 to break away from a tie with Duke.
The Crimson Tide’s 7-over total gave them a two-shot win, the team’s first victory since the season-opening Mason Rudolph Championship (which Knight also won) and a successful defense of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
Kristen Gillman, the 36-hole leader and a freshman at Alabama, faltered to a closing 4-over 75 but still finished the week solo fourth at 1 over. The Crimson Tide’s Lauren Stephenson, No. 8 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, also placed in the top 10, posting a T-9 at 5 over.
Only two players finished the week at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., under par, with Knight, ranked seventh, leading the way at 8 under and Arizona State’s Linnea Strom second at 1 under. The No. 4 Sun Devils, which placed third at 13 over, also had the solo third finisher in Sophia Zeeb (even par).
The No. 12 Blue Devils placed second at 9 over with Sandy Choi (fifth, 2 over), top-ranked Leona Maguire (T-6, 3 over), Ana Belac (T-6, 3 over) and Gurbani Singh (T-6, 3 over) pacing the squad.
The Darius Rucker Intercollegiate field boasted 10 of the top 20 teams in the country.
Alabama will return to action March 31 at the Bryan National Collegiate in Browns Summit, N.C.