PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Senior Krystal Knight was within five strokes of a national title after two rounds and ultimately finished among the top-20 players in the country after wrapping up an unprecedented career as the top golfer in the history of the Merrimack College women’s golf program.
Knight, who became only the second student-athlete in school history to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championship, birdied the last hole of her Merrimack tenure to round out the three-day national championship tournament at PGA National in Palm Beach Springs, Florida. The senior was in sixth place after 18 holes and tied for seventh – just five strokes off the lead – after two rounds of play. She ultimately tied for 19th overall to potentially earn All-America honors, which would make her the first Warrior to do so ever.
Top Finisher: Krystal Knight (73-76-83—232/+13 | T-19th)
Location: PGA National | Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Course Info: Par 73 | 6,081 Yards
How It Happened
- Becoming the first student-athlete to compete at the national championship tournament in six years after Ali Reed did so in 2013, Knight would solidify her status as one of the best golfers in the country by the time the tournament concluded on Thursday afternoon.
- The journey began on Monday when she carded an even-par 73 to round off a solid opening round. Starting on the front nine, Knight was perfect through the first 12 holes, carding a birdy on the par-4 eighth to go into the back nine one-under. She had only three bogeys on the back end of the course but offset them with a birdie on par-3 15 and the par-5 18th to finish day one in sixth place.
- It was more of the same on Day 2 for Knight, who started on the back nine and soared out of the gate with a birdie on the 11th and another on 15 before dropping a stroke on the 18th to head into the second half one under.
- Knight would wrap up the second round three over but was within five strokes of the lead with a two-day ledger of three-over 149.
- Course conditions were the toughest they had been all week on Thursday for the final round, as all competitors battled steady winds and firm greens. She would, however, birdy twice on the back nine with one last birdy falling on the final hole of her career to wrap up the tournament at 13-over for a top-20 performance.
T-19th: Knight – 73-76-83—232/+13