Cheyenne Knight & Elizabeth Szokol take 54-hole lead

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July 22, 2023
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Walking up to the 18th green, Cheyenne Knight and Elizabeth Szokol needed only a par to secure their place at the top of the leaderboard and tie the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational 54-hole scoring record of 193 set by 2022 champions Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas.

But, with an impressive 25-foot putt for birdie, Knight secured a new 54-hole scoring record (192), the 18-hole foursomes scoring record (62), and a three-stroke lead at -18 going into the final round. With nine birdies on the day and a single bogey on No. 8, the two made the alternate shot format look easy, dropping three birdies right off the bat on 1, 3 and 4 and adding six more on the back at 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 18.

“We both putted really well. We gave each other a lot of chances,” said Szokol, who finished T4 at last year’s event alongside Knight. “I think after getting that first (foursomes) round under our belts, we played solid today and gave each other a lot of good opportunities.”

Knight added, “Yeah, on this day last year I think we shot about 4-under. So we tried not to psych ourselves out with alternate shot because it is such a hard format. I think we told each other yesterday ‘you can make birdies in alternate shot.’ I think you just kind of have to have the mindset like you can make birdies and just try to be aggressive and fearless rather than try not to make a mistake. Yeah, and we didn't really make many mistakes…”

Playing well in foursomes could be the difference for the team heading into the final round, where the fourball format will mean lots of birdies and lower scores across the board. During Thursday’s fourball round, Knight/Szokol shot the second-lowest round of the day with a 9-under 61. Though a three-round lead is a comfortable position heading into final-round play, victory is not assured for the duo on what is sure to be a low-scoring day.

Sitting in second behind Knight/Szokol are first-round leaders and last year’s runners up Matilda Castren and Kelly Tan (Team FinAsia), who shot an impressive 64 and 63 during rounds one and two before slightly cooling off with a 68 on Friday. In T3 at -13 are Jodi Ewart Shaoff and Emma Talley (Team Hot John’s Girls) who earned the low fourball round of the week on Thursday with a -10, 60. They are joined by Celine Borge and Polly Mack, aka Mackle Borge, who are looking to become the third and fourth rookie winners of the season, following Grace Kim and Rose Zhang. The duo earned an impressive eagle on the par-4 No. 12 thanks to a nearly 300-yard drive from Mack, who landed on the green in one.

“Yeah, the wind was kind of in my favor because the pin was further back from yesterday. Yeah, I was 265 meters to the pin, so around 290 yards,” Mack said. “It was just a nice drive. I tried to get that feeling back from yesterday what I did, and it worked really well. It landed perfectly and rolled up there.”

Borge said of the shot, “It was very good. I was very happy. It was an easy second shot. I'm very happy that she hits it far and down the fairway… or onto the green.

Saturday’s final round will air on CBS from 4-6 p.m. EDT, making the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational the fifth consecutive LPGA Tour event to air on network TV.

Pos.TeamTo ParR1R2R3Total
1Cheyenne Knight-18696162192
Elizabeth Szokol
2Matilda Castren-15646368195
Kelly Tan
T3Celine Borge-13656468197
Polly Mack
T3Jodi Ewart Shadoff-13676070197
Emma Talley
T5Stacy Lewis-12686466198
Maria Fassi
T5Celine Boutier-12656370198
Yuka Saso
T7Ana Belac-11706366199
Bianca Pagdanganan
T7Paula Reto-11656173199
Amelia Lewis
9Wichanee Meechai-9706566201
Pavarisa Yoktuan
T10Mi Hyang Lee-8696370202
Jeongeun Lee5
T10Yu Liu-8666571202
Ruixin Liu
T10Sarah Schmelzel-8676372202
Lindsey Weaver-Wright
T13Pauline Roussin-7726368203
Pernilla Lindberg
T13Yan Liu-7726368203
Muni He
T13Jasmine Suwannapura-7706469203
Cydney Clanton
T16Peiyun Chien-6706668204
Yu-Sang Hou
T16Dewi Weber-6686670204
Alexa Pano
T16Megan Khang-6706371204
Alison Lee
T16Sarah Kemp-6696471204
Alena Sharp
T16Hae Ran Ryu-6686571204
Yaeeun Hong
T16Jennifer Chang-6686571204
Karen Chung
T16Caroline Inglis-6676572204
Amanda Doherty
T16Linnea Strom-6666474204
Linnea Johansson
T24Daniela Darquea-5716668205
Karis Davidson
T24Maddie Szeryk-5736369205
Lauren Hartlage
T26Min Lee-3686970207
Weiwei Zhang
T26Pornanong Phatlum-3716571207
Dottie Ardina
T26Yealimi Noh-3686574207
Soo Bin Joo
T29Hannah Green-1716672209
Su Oh
T29Pajaree Anannarukarn-1706673209
Aditi Ashok
T29Savannah Grewal-1716474209
Annabelle Pancake
T29Julieta Granada-1676775209
Sofia Garcia
33Cristie Kerr1736474211
Kristy McPherson
T34Haeji Kang2716477212
Tiffany Chan
T34Sophia Schubert2696677212
Haylee Harford
36Christina Kim3686976213
Lindy Duncan
37Jasmine Ly9716484219
Kimberly Dinh
CUTBrooke M. Henderson-27365
Lexi Thompson
CUTBrittany Altomare-27167
Kris Tamulis
CUTRuoning Yin-27266
Xiaowen Yin
CUTJaravee Boonchant-27068
Gina Kim
CUTBronte Law-27563
Mel Reid
CUTCharlotte Thomas-27365
Mariah Stackhouse
CUTLuna Sobron Galmes-27266
Magdalena Simmermacher
CUTLouise Ridderstrom-26969
Sarah Jane Smith
CUTGeorgia Hall-17366
Ryann O'Toole
CUTGabriella Then-17267
Ilhee Lee
CUTAnnie Park-17267
Jennifer Song
CUTAline Krauter-17267
Ines Laklalech
CUTArpichaya Yubol-17168
Chanettee Wannasaen
CUTKiira RiihijarviE7268
Ellinor Sudow
CUTDana FallE7565
Brianna Do
CUTSamantha WagnerE7565
Maria Torres
CUTMariajo Uribe17665
Valery Plata
CUTJing Yan17467
Kum-Kang Park
CUTRiley Rennell17368
Rachel Rohanna
CUTJane Park27567
Paula Creamer
CUTMarissa Steen27468
Allison Emrey
CUTLaura Wearn27567
Alana Uriell
CUTPaige Crawford47866
Madison Barnett
CUTBailey Davis47371
Christina Carroll
CUTNatalie Gulbis57570
Sydnee Michaels
CUTJill McGill67472
Ashli Bunch
W/DJackie Stoelting
Katherine Perry-Hamski
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Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational 2023

Date: July 19th - 22nd 2023

Location: Midland Country Club, Midland, Michigan

Purse: $2,700,000

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