Zhang tied tournament record for 72 hole total, Tied the tournament record for low second round (65), low third round (66) and broke the 54-hole mark by two with a 16-under 200 total.
Rose Zhang, 14, from Irvine, CA., won the 2017 Junior PGA Championship, with a 6 shot victory over second place, Yealimi Noh, Concord, CA. Rose, fired round’s of 69-65-66-68 (268) to tie Kristen Gillman’s 2014 performance for lowest 72-hole total in this event’s 42-year history. Rose’s outstanding performance, produced one eagle, 22 birdies and only 4 bogies.
The Championship, was played at the Country Club of St. Albans, Lewis and Clark Course, St. Albans, Missouri.
“I think I played well under pressure and allowed myself to be in this position,” said Rose. According to her coach, “Rose, work’s hard to prepare herself for each event she play’s in. Extremely humble, she does not like to look back too much at her accomplishment’s,” he said. Pretty good thinking for a youngster who will enter high school next month.
Rose’s preparation allowed her to perform well, under pressure, with a good statistical tournament. Her stat’s (after the 36 hole cut) were: Fairway’s Hit 89.29% (T3), 80.56% (T6) Greens in Regulation 1.62 (1) Putts per GIR and 56 (4) Total Putts.
Go to PGA.com and GolfWeek.com, to see full coverage of the Championship. GolfWeek, writer, Kevin Casey, will have a feature on Rose Zhang, that will be released today, (Monday) or Tuesday.
Congratulations to a Great Week, Rose Zhang!