Rose Chang (USA), the reigning world champion in amateur women’s golf, is turning professional.
“I will make my professional debut next week at the Mizuho Americas Open on the Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour,” Jang announced on social media on Sunday.
Zhang, who attends Stanford University in the U.S., is Stanford’s all-time winningest collegiate golfer with 12 victories in 20 tournaments while in college. Fellow Stanford alumnus Tiger Woods (USA) won 26 tournaments as a collegiate and finished on top 11 times.
Zhang was especially dominant in the 2022-2023 season, when he won eight of 10 tournaments, tying him with Woods for the most wins in a single season in school history.
Zhang also won back-to-back NCAA Division 1 women’s golf individual titles in 2022 and 2023, the first player to do so twice.
Zhang, who is of Chinese descent, is the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, set the NCAA single-season stroke average record (68.81) and won the Augusta Women’s Amateur in April. She will make her professional debut next week and will also play the remaining majors this year, including the U.S. Women’s Open and AIG Women’s Open, as an invitee. 메이저놀이터
Since September 2020, she has held the No. 1 amateur women’s golf ranking for 141 consecutive weeks, a new record for the category. The previous streak was 130 weeks by Lydia Ko (New Zealand) and 135 weeks by Riona Maguire (Ireland).
Zhang will make her professional debut at the LPGA Tour’s Mizuho Americas Open, a four-day event in New Jersey, USA, beginning June 1 and hosted by Zhang’s Stanford teammate Michelle Wie West (USA). Jang announced her decision to turn pro after two seasons at Stanford, but said she will continue her studies to complete her undergraduate degree.