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Rising Star: Rose Zhang

Updated: Jan 31



The number one amateur golfer in the world, 20-year-old Rose Zhang from Irvine, California made her professional debut during the 2023 LPGA season, blowing everyone away with her incredible rookie performance. Zhang’s first round as a professional golfer was highly anticipated after amateur career achievements such as holding the school record of 12 titles in 20 events at Stanford, back-to-back NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Championship wins, and individual victories in the 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur, the 2021 U.S. Girls’ Junior, and the 2023 Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Her performance in the big leagues did not disappoint. 


On June 1, 2023, Zhang teed off in her first LPGA tournament, the Mizuho Americas Open at Liberty National Golf Club. On June 4, she defeated Jennifer Kupcho in a playoff for the trophy and her first professional win, earning Zhang immediate LPGA Tour membership. During the rest of her rookie season, Zhang collected numerous top 10 finishes, skyrocketing her ranking. 


Her outstanding start to her professional career has made her future in golf something fans look forward to. Everybody is waiting to see what else she can accomplish, and if she will be the next big star of the LPGA. 

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