Rose Zhang now owns another record in the amateur game for most consecutive weeks at No. 1. After this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking update, Zhang has now owned the top spot for 131 straight weeks, passing Lydia Ko, who is currently No. 1 in the professional Rolex Rankings.
Should she stay in the top spot for the next month, Zhang will pass Leona Maguire for most total weeks at No. 1 on April 19 at 136 weeks.
Last week, Zhang, a two-time USGA champion, recorded her ninth college victory, equaling the Stanford women’s record set by Andrea Lee. The two-shot victory at the Juli Inkster at Meadow Club Invitational was Zhang’s fifth win in six starts this season.
Tiger Woods (26 starts), Maverick McNealy (45 starts) and Patrick Rodgers (35 starts) hold the all-time record for most wins among both the men’s and women’s teams at Stanford with 11.
Zhang, who has only teed it up in 16 events for the Cardinal thus far, has 13 top-two finishes in that stretch. Her only career finish outside the top 10 was a tie for 12th earlier this season at the Stephens Cup.
“I always say nobody goes to Stanford to be mediocre,” said McNealy earlier this week at the Valspar Championship, “and that team is definitely the epitome of that. It’s fun to see Rose doing what she’s doing.
Former Arizona star and LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer Lorena Ochoa holds the Pac-12 record for career victories with 12. Kim Welch from Washington State had 11 and Marisa Baena from Arizona notched 10.
There are five events left on Stanford’s spring schedule.
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