Rose Zhang and the Stanford’s women’s golf team started the new season in familiar fashion.
Zhang, a sophomore from Irvine, captured her fifth individual title in 11 college tournaments and the Cardinal took home the team championship in the 2022 Carmel Cup on the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links.
This is the fourth straight season Coach Anne Walker’s Stanford team swept both titles in its opener.
The defending NCAA champion Cardinal posted a score of 358-355-355—1068, 12-under-par, while Texas A&M was a distant second at 358-364-359—1081, followed by Oklahoma State at 366-370-360—1096, and Mississippi State at 380-363-361—1104.
Arkansas was fifth at 371-366-371—1108, followed by Texas Tech at 377-372-364—1113, Oklahoma at 384-372-382—1138, and Vanderbilt at 392-368-379—1139.
Zang, the No. 1-ranked women’s amateur in the world who won her first three tournaments as a Stanford freshman last year and finished the season by claiming the NCAA individual title, carded a winning scored of 68-63-72—203, 13-under, while her Cardinal teammate Megha Ganne, a freshman, was second at 69-69-70—208, followed by Jennie Park of Texas A&M at 66-70-73—209.
The second-round 63 by Zhang, the 2021 Women’s College Player of the Year, broke the Pebble Beach competitive women’s record of 64 set by Brittany Lincicome in the 2021 Pebble Beach Invitational, and her two-round total of 13-under 131 tied the Stanford 36-hole record set by Rachel Heck in the 2022 Gunrock Invitational at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento.
The Pebble Beach men’s course record is 61, set by Hurly Long of Texas Tech in 2017, while Tom Kite (1983), David Duval (1997) and Patrick Cantlay (2021) each shot 62 in the PGA Tour event at Pebble Beach.
Stanford junior Sadie Englemann shot 70-73-71—214 to tie for fourth with Julia Lopez Ramirez of Mississippi State, who finished at 71-74-69—214, while Han-Hsuan Yu of Oklahoma State totaled 69-74-72—215 to tie for sixth with Gala Dumez of Texas Tech, who wound up at 70-71-74—215, and Maddison Hinson-Tolchard of Oklahoma State, who came in at 70-72-73—215.
Yu hit the shot of the tournament, making a hole in one from 106 yards on Pebble’s famed, downhill seventh hole in the final round.
Hailee Cooper of Texas A&M was ninth at 72-75-69—216, followed by Thitaporn Saithip of Oklahoma State at 73-74-70—217.
Rounding out the scoring for team champion Stanford were Heck, a junior who captured the 2021 NCAA individual title, in a tie for 13th at 76-73-71—220; Brooke Seay, a junior from San Diego who tied for 24th at 77-77-71—225, and Caroline Sturdza, a sophomore from Switzerland, who was 35th at 75-77-75—227.
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