Rose Zhang won for the third straight time after starting her career at Stanford and led the Cardinal to their third consecutive victory by 22 strokes over San Jose State in the Stanford Intercollegiate on the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto.
Zhang, a freshman from Irvine who is the top-ranked women’s amateur in the world, is believed to be the first Stanford golfer ever—man or woman—to win her first three events for the Cardinal. Tiger Woods won two of his first three events as a freshman in the fall of 1994.
“For me, I learn so much by watching a player of that caliber,” Stanford Coach Anne Walker said. “Her patience is unreal and obviously she has put in many hours of work so she doesn’t make many mistakes. When she gets her opportunities, she makes the most of them with her patience and mental fortitude.”
Zhang, who earlier claimed the individual titles in the Molly Collegiate Invitational and the Windy City Intercollegiate, posted a score of 65-65-67—197, 16-under-par, while Sara Kouskova of Texas was second at 68-67-66—201, followed by Natasha Andrea Oon of San Jose State at 69-70-66—205, and Tze-Han Lin of Oregon at 73-65-70-208.
Caroline Sturdza of Stanford shot 71-69-69—209 to tie for fifth with Calynne Rosholt of Arizona State, who finished at 69-69-71—209, Kaisa Arwefiall of San Jose State, who wound up at 71-71-68—210, Lauren Gomez of Pepperdine, who totaled 70-70-70—210, and Aline Krauter of Stanford, who came in at 68-70-72—210.
Rachel Heck of Stanford, the reigning NCAA women’s champion, carded a score of 69-70-72—211 to tie for 10th with Brianna Navarossa of USC (70-70-71—211), Alexandra Forsterling of Arizona State (71-70-70—211), Katherine Muzi of USC (70-69-72—211), and Ellie Gower of Colorado (69-69-73—211).
Emma Spitz shot 75-70-67—212 and led UCLA in a tie for 15th that included her Bruin teammate Zoe Campos, who finished at 75-68-69—212, while Eun Soo Jeon of California tied for 19th at 71-72-71—214, and Abigail Leighton of UC Davis tied for 41st at 73-71-76—220.
Rounding out the scoring for team champion Stanford were Brook Seay in 18th at 74-69-70—213, Angelina Ye in a tie for 19th at 73-72-69—214, Sadie Englemann in a tie for 41st at 74-73-73—220, Rebecca Becht in 58th at 77-72-76—225, Calista Reyes in a tie for 75th at 81-76-75—232, and Yu Wen Lu in a tie for 79th at 79-78-79—236.
Stanford, which has won nine tournament titles in 2021, posted a winning score of 273-274-277—824, 28-under, followed by San Jose State at 283-285-278—846, UCLA at 290-280-281—851, Oregon at 288-279-286—853, and USC at 282-289-284—855.
Arizona State totaled 282-288-288—858 to tie for sixth with Texas, which finished at 303-277-278—858, while Oregon State was eighth at 288-283-295—866, followed by Cal at 294-280-295—869, and Washington at 292-293-294—879.
Stanford’s B team was 12th at 304-290-294—888, Pepperdine wound up 15th at 296-299-299—894, and UC Davis finished 18th at 311-308-310—929.
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