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Knight, Szokol hold on to win LPGA Tour’s lone team event

Cheyenne Knight and Elizabeth Szokol Cheyenne Knight and Elizabeth Szokol - The Canadian Press

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Cheyenne Knight and Elizabeth Szokol held off Matilda Castren and Kelly Tan by a stroke Saturday to win the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA Tour’s lone team event.

Knight and Szokol closed with a 5-under 65 in better-ball play at Midland Country Club. They finished at 23 under, following a better-ball 61 in the second round Thursday with an alternate-shot 62 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round.

Castren and Tan shot a 63. They also finished second last year.

The 26-year-old Knight also won the 2019 Ascendant LPGA, while Szokol took her first LPGA Tour title. The U.S. duo tied for fourth last year after missing the cut in 2021.

Play was delayed for one hour, 40 minutes because of lightning with the leaders on the 13th hole.

The teams of Celine Boutier-Yuka Saso (62), Jodi Ewart Shadoff-Emma Talley (63) and Celine Borge-Polly Mack (63) tied for third at 20 under. Stacy Lewis and Maria Fassi had a 63 to finish sixth at 19 under.

Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont., and teammate Sarah Kemp of Australia, finished eighth at 16 under. Canadian Maddie Szeryk and her partner American Lauren Hartlage finished 25th at 10 under.