Rose Zhang made history again Monday by winning back-to-back NCAA individual titles. No one in the history of NCAA women’s golf has done that before, solidifying the argument that she had the best college career ever — she was also only a sophomore.
Zhang has done a lot at Stanford and continues to prove that he will be the next great player to reach the LPGA. This win marked his 12th in 20 starts, marking the most career wins in Stanford history, regardless of gender. Yes, he has more college wins than Tiger Woods himself.
The Stanford sophomore hit a 4-under 68 bogey-free streak to claim his second straight NCAA Championship. She’s not even 20 yet, and has already won the US Women’s Amateur in 2020, the US Women’s Junior in 2021 and took home the Augusta National Women’s Amateur earlier this year.
His middle name might as well be history because that’s all Zhang did; making history. He couldn’t achieve anything else at this level because Zhang had already done it. Not even Lorena Ochoa accomplished this.
Ochoa holds a record with eight wins in a season, and Zhang tied it in 10 starts. Among those wins include the PAC-12 Championship and this year’s NCAA Pullman Regional. So he has won three games in a row at this point. His 12 career wins broke a record held by Woods and three others.
“She’s the absolute GOAT,” said Stanford coach Anne Walker, per Golf Digest. “He is the best amateur of all time.”
He had to overcome a four shot deficit to win his second straight title. Zhang turns 20 later this month, but to achieve all of this as a teenager is truly jaw-dropping. While he has two years of eligibility, Zhang will likely turn to professional golf after the NCAA tournament ends.