Rose Zhang Continues To Bloom With Pac-12 Win

Rose Zhang won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and kept right on rolling. The Stanford sophomore won the Pac 12 Championship with a record score (12-under 204) for a seven-shot victory (another record).

It was her sixth win of the season. If she wins her last two tournaments — the NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championship — she would tie Lorena Ochoa’s record for wins in a season (8) and career (12).

As for the Women’s World Amateur Ranking, Zhang has no equal.

Last week, Zhang broke the record with her 136th week at No. 1 in the world, breaking the mark previously held by Leona Maguire of Ireland. The record for men is 87 weeks by Keita Nakajima of Japan.

Zhang won the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading women’s amateur golfer in 2020, 2021 and 2022 — only Maguire and Lydia Ko are three-time winners of the award.

Among her wins are the ANWA, the 2022 NCAA title, the 2021 U.S. Girls Junior and the 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Zhang also has a 6-1-2 record in two Curtis Cup appearances.

She is expected to turn pro after the NCAAs. Zhang will have direct access to the Q-Series qualifying under a new LPGA policy that exempts the No. 1 player in the world amateur ranking after the NCAAs.