Rose Zhang’s collegiate career ended when the winner of the back-to-back NCAA individual national title announced Friday that she was turning professional. She will make her debut in host Michelle Wie West’s inaugural Mizuho Americas Open at the Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey next week.
Zhang announced on his Instagram, saying, “Wow, it’s finally happening.”
“Endless love, support and inspiration from so many people brought me to this point in my golf career,” said Zhang. “From my teammates to my coaches and coaches, to my friends and family – you have all been an integral part of my journey, shaping me as a person and a player while sacrificing for my success. You have allowed me to pursue my dream.”
Zhang also said in the post that he will be playing in all four major championships on the LPGA this season. He thanked the PGA of America, the United States Golf Association and the R&A. Zhang includes his schedule in his Instagram post, which consists of a busy summer for the 20-year-old newcomer as he lands several sponsorship exemptions.
She earned special exemption to play in the US Women’s Open, per ESPN, later this summer at Pebble Peach Golf Links, July 6-9.
He continued in his Instagram post thanking Stanford and everyone associated with the golf program.
Zhang won 12 individual starts in 20 starts during his two seasons at Stanford. Of those 12 wins, eight have come from 10 starts this year alone. It beat Stanford’s Tiger Woods record.
She won back-to-back Annika Awards, given to the top female player in college golf. Zhang is a three-time McCormack Medalist, awarded to the top amateur player in the world from the R&A, and she held the No.1 ranking in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings for 141 consecutive weeks, a record-setting feat.
Rose Zhang set the NCAA single-season scoring record twice with an average of 69.68 as a freshman and beat him as a sophomore with an average of 68.81. She won the 2020 US Women’s Amateur and 2021 Women’s Junior. She also conquered a historic golf course in Augusta, winning the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
Zhang did a lot as an amateur, and now she’s entering the next chapter in women’s professional golf.