(March 10, 2021) – By: Ali Palma – The Symetra Tour will start the 2021 season at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, AZ for the inaugural Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic from March 18-21. The “Road to the LPGA” members ready to return after months of preparation will be joined by three amateurs looking to gain experience at the next level.
Tournament host, Longbow Golf Club, extended their sponsor exemption to Rose Zhang (Irvine, California). While only 17-years-old, Zhang is no stranger to the professional stage. She made the cut in her first LPGA Tour event three years ago at the ANA Inspiration and finished T60. Since then, she has competed in several other LPGA Tour events including two U.S. Women’s Opens and recorded a career-best Tour finish of T11 at the 2020 ANA Inspiration.
“Rose first played in competition at Longbow Golf Club as a 13-year-old high school freshman in the 2017 AJGA Heather Farr Classic. Since then, her accomplishments on the course have earned her rankings across the board and she consistently is a leader on the AJGA circuit where she is number one in Rolex AJGA girl’s ranking,” said Bob McNichols, the General Manager of Longbow Golf Club. “I have no doubt Rose will challenge the field of competitors here in Mesa.”
Beyond her experience on the professional level, she continues to add to her amateur career resume. Zhang currently ranks No. 1 in both the Rolex American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rankings and the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). Most recently, Zhang claimed the 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship defeating defending champion and now professional Gabriela Ruffels (Melbourne, Australia). Last fall, Zhang announced she will attend Stanford University and compete for the Cardinals.