Elizabethan Knights win in Michigan

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Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational R4
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July 23, 2023
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Cheyenne Knight and Elizabeth Szokol (aka the Elizabethan Knights)  finished fourth last year. This year, they battled through a high-pressure system, which delayed final round play for nearly two hours, and a high-pressure environment created by their fellow competitors, to win the 2023 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.

After breaking the tournament 54-hole scoring record with an impressive nine birdies on Friday, the two got off to what they considered a slow start on the final day. They carded only two birdies on the front and one more on No. 12 before the weather delay stopped any momentum the duo could build. An hour and a half later, they added another birdie on 15 to take a one-stroke lead heading into the last few holes. On 17, Matilda Castren sank a 15-foot putt for birdie to even things out before Knight responded with a 7-footer of her own to retake the lead. With one last hole to play, the tension from the two remaining teams was high. It was Castren who hit it closest to the pin on the final par 3, and after Szokol, Knight and partner Kelly Tan made par, she had the last opportunity to force a playoff.

“I don't think we could look at each other. I think we were just looking away. It was out of our hands, so we were just looking away and waiting,” said Szokol of that moment. “She hit a really good putt that just slid right by the edge. We did all we could, and we were just waiting to see, which was a bit stressful having it out of our hands.”

When the champions did look at each other, they felt “Relief,” Knight laughed. “But just, I don't know, pure joy I would say. You're expecting Matilda to make that putt, and when it slid by the edge, it was just, like, whoa, we did it. It was hard going to the rain delay, two-shot lead coming back, and it evaporated really quickly. It was just surreal. It was, like, wow, we did it. We've been out here all day, but we did it. So it was just, yeah, pure joy.

With a final round 65 and 72-hole score of 257, Knight earns her second career victory after winning the 2019 Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America, while Szokol becomes the Tour’s seventh Rolex First-Time Winner. Castren and Tan once again take home a second-place finish after doing so in 2022.

“I think we both played great. We have good synergy on the course together. If I'm down, she picked me up, or if she was down, I picked her up every day,” said Tan. “It's been overall a really fun week. Right now it sucks. I think when I wake up tomorrow morning, I will cherish the moments that we've been through the last few days, and I can only choose to take on the positives.

Three teams finished tied for third including Emma Talley and Jodi Ewart Shadoff who ended their day with a 63 and a hole out from the fairway by Talley on 16 to put them in that position. Celine Boutier and Yuka Saso ended with an 8-underf 62, their lowest score of the event, while LPGA Tour rookies Celine Borge and Polly Mack both earned their first top-10 finish in their young careers.

Pos.TeamTo ParR1R2R3R4Total
1Cheyenne Knight-2369616265257
Elizabeth Szokol
2Matilda Castren-2264636863258
Kelly Tan
T3Celine Boutier-2065637062260
Yuka Saso
T3Jodi Ewart Shadoff-2067607063260
Emma Talley
T3Celine Borge-2065646863260
Polly Mack
6Stacy Lewis-1968646663261
Maria Fassi
7Yan Liu-1772636860263
Muni He
8Sarah Kemp-1669647160264
Alena Sharp
T9Peiyun Chien-1470666862266
Yu-Sang Hou
T9Yu Liu-1466657164266
Ruixin Liu
T9Paula Reto-1465617367266
Amelia Lewis
T9Ana Belac-1470636667266
Bianca Pagdanganan
T13Daniela Darquea-1371666862267
Karis Davidson
T13Megan Khang-1370637163267
Alison Lee
T13Mi Hyang Lee-1369637065267
Jeongeun Lee5
T13Wichanee Meechai-1370656666267
Pavarisa Yoktuan
T17Dewi Weber-1268667064268
Alexa Pano
T17Hae Ran Ryu-1268657164268
Yaeeun Hong
T17Caroline Inglis-1267657264268
Amanda Doherty
T17Sarah Schmelzel-1267637266268
Lindsey Weaver-Wright
T21Min Lee-1168697062269
Weiwei Zhang
T21Jennifer Chang-1168657165269
Karen Chung
T21Linnea Strom-1166647465269
Linnea Johansson
T21Jasmine Suwannapura-1170646966269
Cydney Clanton
25Maddie Szeryk-1073636965270
Lauren Hartlage
T26Hannah Green-971667262271
Su Oh
T26Pornanong Phatlum-971657164271
Dottie Ardina
T26Pauline Roussin-972636868271
Pernilla Lindberg
T29Pajaree Anannarukarn-870667363272
Aditi Ashok
T29Yealimi Noh-868657465272
Soo Bin Joo
T31Savannah Grewal-671647465274
Annabelle Pancake
T31Julieta Granada-667677565274
Sofia Garcia
33Cristie Kerr-573647464275
Kristy McPherson
T34Christina Kim-468697663276
Lindy Duncan
T34Haeji Kang-471647764276
Tiffany Chan
36Sophia Schubert-169667767279
Haylee Harford
37Jasmine Ly+171648462281
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 RiihijarviPar7268
Ellinor Sudow
CUTDana FallPar7565
Brianna Do
CUTSamantha WagnerPar7565
Maria Torres
CUTMariajo Uribe+17665
Valery Plata
CUTJing Yan+17467
Kum-Kang Park
CUTRiley Rennell+17368
Rachel Rohanna
CUTJane Park+27567
Paula Creamer
CUTMarissa Steen+27468
Allison Emrey
CUTLaura Wearn+27567
Alana Uriell
CUTPaige Crawford+47866
Madison Barnett
CUTBailey Davis+47371
Christina Carroll
CUTNatalie Gulbis+57570
Sydnee Michaels
CUTJill McGill+67472
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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