Golf phenom Rose Zhang turns pro after breaking Tiger Woods’ NCAA wins record
Two-time NCAA champion Rose Zhang announced Friday that she is leaving Stanford after two seasons and will make her professional debut at the LPGA’s Mizuho US Open.
At Stanford, Zhang recorded 12 victories – the most in school history – in 20 events. Eight of those came in just 10 events in 2022-23, and he is tied with Tiger Woods for the most wins in a single season in Stanford history.
1-ranked amateur in the world and a two-time first-team All-American, she is the first woman to win two NCAA titles. She twice set the NCAA single-season scoring average record, besting her 69.68 average as a freshman and 68.81 points as a sophomore.
Zhang, 20, shared her summer schedule. That includes the remaining four major women’s events on the LPGA schedule. She is exempt from the CPKW Women’s Open in Vancouver as well as the AIG Women’s British Open and the US Women’s Open.
“The endless love, support and inspiration from so many people has gotten me to this point in my golf career. From my teammates to my coaches and trainers, to my friends and family – you have all been integral in my journey, helping me become a player.” “The person and the player sacrificed for my success,” Zhang wrote on Instagram. You have made it possible for me to fulfill my dreams.”
Zhang said she would continue her degree in communications at Stanford and train at the university’s golf training center. It is clear that his presence in the team will be sorely missed.
Stanford women’s coach Anne Walker said, “It’s cliché to say it, but I never thought I’d have the opportunity to coach the greatest female amateur.”
“Rose Zhang has led our team with class on and off the golf course every day for two years. She has broken every record, won every championship and led our team to the top of college golf. I’m sure I’ll never be able to train anyone like Rose again – she’s a generational player.”