Aledo senior Cheyenne Knight overcame gusty north winds and temperatures in the 60s to shoot a one-over 73 and capture her second consecutive UIL state golf title with a 36-hole score of 143 at Wolfdancer Golf Club.
Knight claimed the Class 5A championship by one stroke over Brielle Ward of Frisco Wakeland. Ward closed with a birdie on 18 and two-round score of 144.
“It’s a great feeling to win back-to-back,” said Knight, who has signed with Alabama. “I have been working really hard to finish like this.”
As a team, the Aledo girls shot a 324-328–652 to finish second. Humble Kingwood claimed gold with a 297-319–616. A year ago, Aledo fell from second to fourth after the first day.
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“Second place, it was awesome,” Knight said. “I’m very proud of what we accomplished this year.”
On the 5A boys side, Zach Cole of Fort Worth Arlington Heights shot his second consecutive 75 to finish alone in seventh place at 150.
Knight’s gold and the Bearcats’ silver were impressive because temperatures and playing conditions April 28 were drastically different from April 27’s 80-degree weather.
“The winds played a huge factor today,” Knight said. “It was different from what we had all week in practice. It was a lot colder and it was a different golf course. You have to stay patient, it’s the same for everyone. Everyone will have a bad hole.”
Knight had two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, then improved to 2-under with birdies on short par-4 holes at 11 and 13. She bogeyed 14, 15 and 17, then a 20-foot birdie attempt on 18 came up short. Ward was in the group behind Knight, who had to wait and hope the 73 was good enough.
Eric Zarate, 817-390-7760