In amateur women’s golf, there’s a player who’s garnered as much attention as Tiger Woods (USA) and Lydia Ko (26, Hana Financial Group).
It’s Chinese-American Rose Chang (20). Since September 2020, she has held the top spot in the amateur women’s golf world rankings for 141 consecutive weeks. She broke the previous record of 130 weeks held by Lydia Ko by 11 weeks.
She also won 12 titles in 20 tournaments for Stanford University, breaking Woods’ record for most wins by a “college senior” (11).
Now he’s turning pro. Her debut on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour will be at the Mizuho Americas Open ($2.75 million purse), a new event that will be held at Liberty National GC (par-71) in Jersey City, N.J., starting next month.
Jang recently announced her debut on Instagram, saying, “I’m happy to officially announce that I’m turning pro,” and expressed her excitement for “the start of a new chapter in (her) life.”
World No. 1 Jin Young Ko (28-Solare) will be among the players competing at the event, along with Lydia Ko and Lilia Boo (USA). World No. 2 Nelly Koda (USA) will not compete due to back pain.
The Korean Sisters, who have combined for three wins this season, include Ko Jin-young, Park Sung-hyun (31-Solare), Hae-ran Hae (22-DAOL Financial), Kim Se-young (31), An Na-lin (27-Medihill), Kim A-rim (28), and Ji Eun-hee (37-Q CELLS).
Meanwhile, the Mizuho Americas Open will be held in conjunction with a junior event. Twenty-four American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) players will compete in a separate stableford format at the same venue. 안전놀이터
The host of the event is Michelle Wie West (USA). “The juniors will learn a lot from playing against the pros,” she told local media, “I played on the LPGA Tour when I was younger and it helped me in my career.”