Top Ad
I DIG Radio
www.idigradio.com
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
www.idigstyle.com
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Freshman Rose Zhang makes it back-to-back NCAA women’s individual titles for Stanford

Written by 
Published in Golf
Monday, 23 May 2022 15:15

A standout Stanford freshman has done it again.

Amateur world No. 1 Rose Zhang won the NCAA women’s individual championship on Monday at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona – a year after her teammate, Rachel Heck, won the title, also as a freshman.

“It means the world to me,” Zhang told Golf Channel. “I feel like coming to college was the best decision of my life.”

Zhang becomes the 10th freshman to win the women’s individual title.

A day shy of her 19th birthday, Zhang entered the final round of stroke play with a seven-shot lead and sitting at 9 under for the tournament – one of only four players at even par or better coming into Monday.

The final round didn’t prove to be any easier – for anyone – as Zhang described the course as a “brutal grind.”

A strong start, including a birdie on the par-4 second, gave way to errors as the round progressed. First, it was a double bogey at the par-3 fifth, followed by bogeys on Nos. 9, 10 and 15. Her only other birdie of the round came on the par-3 13th.

The young star’s lead was trimmed from seven shots to three by the 10th hole, with Texas A&M’s Jenny Park gaining ground. Zhang’s score dropped from 9 under to 6 under by her last bogey on the 15th, before she shot even par on the final three holes to stop the bleeding, ultimately posting a 3-over 75 for the day.

Despite it being her only round of stroke play with an over-par score – she previously posted 68-70-69 – Zhang earned the satisfaction of finishing the day knowing she was the champion.

With a little wave to her teammates and a moment-savoring pause, Zhang sunk the putt for par on No. 18 and finally let loose a smile after a day of projecting nothing but a stoic, focused demeanor.

“I saw every single inch of that golf course that I didn’t see the first three days,” Zhang said. “Knowing that I grinded through with my C-game, I’m so thankful to be here.”

Winning is nothing new for the freshman, who was born in Arcadia, California. Zhang won her first three events as a Cardinal and didn’t finish lower than 10th all season, earning All Pac-12 first-team honors.

Despite the team lead bouncing around, the individual title and an ace from Zhang’s teammate Brooke Seay on the par-3 16th were enough to make Stanford the top seed heading into Tuesday’s match play. Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA, Auburn, Florida State, San Jose State and Georgia also qualified for match play.

There won’t be any birthday celebrations for Zhang just yet, as it’s straight back to business with the Cardinal set to face the eighth-seed Bulldogs. For now, she’ll have to tide herself over with the water-bottle spray bath she got from her teammates on the 18th green.

“I have bigger ambitions than just being an individual national champion,” Zhang said. “I want to hold that trophy up with my teammates, and we’ve got a long way to go.”

Read 74 times

Soccer

Garber won't commit to Liga MX for 2023 ASG

Garber won't commit to Liga MX for 2023 ASG

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said on Wednesday that Liga MX might not be involved in...

Sources: PSG in talks with Man United's Rashford

Sources: PSG in talks with Man United's Rashford

Paris Saint-Germain have contacted Marcus Rashford over the possibility of signing the Manchester Un...

ESPN FC's Fantasy Premier League: Which expert will reign supreme in 2022-23?

ESPN FC's Fantasy Premier League: Which expert will reign supreme in 2022-23?

What is sports without fantasy sports? How could we enjoy the real event if we didn't have made-up,...

Basketball

USA Basketball sets roster for WC qualifying

USA Basketball sets roster for WC qualifying

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Basketball has picked its 12-man roster for the opening second-round...

NBA to retire Russell's No. 6 for all 30 teams

NBA to retire Russell's No. 6 for all 30 teams

The NBA will honor the legacy of Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell by retiring his No. 6 jersey for...

Baseball

Baker back with Astros after missing 5 games

Baker back with Astros after missing 5 games

HOUSTON -- Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker returned Thursday for the finale of a series against t...

Woman countersues Bauer's defamation claim

Woman countersues Bauer's defamation claim

LOS ANGELES -- A San Diego woman who alleges Trevor Bauer sexually abused her has filed a countersui...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation
  • NFL

    Nactional Football Leagues
  • FISB

    Federation Internationale de Speedball

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.

 

Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliated