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5 things about Stanford star before NCAA Championship


It’s Rose Zhang appreciation week in Scottsdale, Arizona. Before she even tees it up in competition at the NCAA Championship, Zhang’s sophomore season at Stanford has been nothing short of mind-blowing. Calling it a special season doesn’t seem strong enough.

And, of course, she’s not done. There’s a chance to sweep the postseason and win her second NCAA title at Grayhawk Golf Club, putting a bow on one of the most dominate seasons in the history of college golf.

The action begins on Friday with the first of four stroke-play rounds. The field will be cut from 30 to 15 after Sunday’s round, and the individual national champion will be crowned on Monday. The top eight teams through four rounds of stroke play will advance to match play, with the championship match taking place on Wednesday.

Here are five things to appreciate about Zhang’s record-breaking amateur career:

Stanford’s Rose Zhang wins the individual title at the 2022 NCAA Championship. (Photo: Darren Reese/Stanford)

Zhang’s winning percentage is off-the-charts impressive this season. She’s hoisted a trophy seven times in nine starts. Seven wins is a school record for a single season. Victories this season:

  • Carmel Cup
  • Stanford Intercollegiate
  • Pac-12 Preview
  • Therese Hession Regional Challenge
  • Juli Inkster Invitational
  • Pac-12 Championships
  • NCAA Pullman Regional

Rose Zhang tees off during the NCAA Div. I Women’s Golf Championship held at the Grayhawk Golf Club on May 23, 2022 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Zhang is on pace to best her own NCAA scoring record of 69.68. She currently boasts a 68.70 average through 27 rounds. Her career scoring average (through 58 events) is 69.22, better than Lorena Ochoa’s NCAA record (60 rounds) of 70.85.

Zhang has 11 wins in 19 career starts, tying a Stanford record for the men’s and women’s programs. Three other Cardinal won 11 times prior to Zhang: Tiger Woods (26 events), Patrick Rodgers (35 events) and Maverick McNealy (45 events).

Rose Zhang celebrates on the 10th green, the second playoff hole, after defeating Jenny Bae of the United States to win during the final round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur at Augusta National Golf Club on April 01, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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