Zhang bows out in style

Rose Zhang made sure she ended her amateur days with a touch of elan by winning the NCAA D1 Women’s Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Zhang, who set a record recently by eclipsing Leona Maguire’s 135-week stint as world number one, earned a record 12th victory in just 20 events as a Stanford University student. Rounds of 72, 67, 71 and 68 for a 10-under 278 total gave Zhang college golf’s biggest prize by a shot. Zhang then announced she was turning pro. The three-time Mark H McCormack Medal winner as the world’s leading women’s amateur for 2020, 2021 and 2022 ended her amateur career with a 397.5166-point advantage over world number two Ingrid Lindblad of Sweden. Zhang, who has received a special exemption to play in this year’s AIG Women’s Open, starts her professional career in this week’s Mizuho Americas Open on the LPGA Tour.

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