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From Admiring Lydia Ko To Being The First College Golfer With A Sponsorship – 10 Facts You Probably Never Knew About Rose Zhang

Published 06/03/2023, 11:42 AM EDT

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Rose Zhang has rapidly emerged as a prominent figure in the golf industry, garnering widespread inspiration. She successfully made the leap to becoming a professional golfer, and all eyes are now on her debut tournament, the highly-discussed Mizuho Americas Open. The LPGA event being organized at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey is known for its distinctive format and is generating significant buzz.

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With the new LPGA golfer quickly rising to immense fame, here are a few things about her that we bet you did not know!

Exciting facts about Rose Zhang, the rising golfer that you did not know about


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An Insight into Rose Zhang’s Personal Life

The recently turned professional golfer was born in Arcadia, California. She was born to Haibin Zhang and Li Cai on May 24, 2003. She has a brother who is 10 years older than her. In her free time, the golfer likes to read and engage in other sports. 


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How did she start golfing? 

At the age of nine, Zhang started her golf journey when a family friend brought some clubs for her father. Intrigued by the equipment, she decided to try it out in her own backyard.

Surprisingly, on her third attempt, she struck the ball perfectly. Recognizing her potential, Zhang’s father promptly organized golf lessons for her. 

What does her coach think about her? 

Impressed by her skills, the head coach at Stanford University described Zhang as “the Mozart of golfand “the Van Gogh of golf.”

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The most crucial attribute of Zhang’s game 

Her ability to swing is one of her biggest characteristics as a golfer. She has worked really hard on her swing since the age of 11. Her swing coach is George Pinnell, who has helped her excel at her swing shot.

Who inspires Zhang to perform in a stunning manner?

The new professional golfer had shared in the past that she really admires Lydia Ko. It is her down-to-earth and real nature that she really admires. Rose Zhang has described Ko as a super nice and genuine person.

Along with Ko, Zhang is also highly inspired by her father, who also happens to caddy for her during her games. 

 Rose Zhang’s sponsorship milestone

Apart from achieving many feats on the course, the golfer has some off-the-course milestones as well. In 2022, Zhang became the first college golfer to sign with giants such as Callaway Golf and Adidas.

Zhang broke Tiger Woods’ record

Zhang hails from Stanford University, the same as golf legend Tiger Woods. In 2023, she won the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship, which helped her surpass the number of wins Woods had as a college golfer. As mentioned in The New York Times, with this record, she also became the first golfer ever to win two NCAA individual titles.

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A young golfer’s amateur grand slam

In April, Zhang achieved a notable win at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Tournament. This victory allowed her to accomplish a significant feat in women’s amateur golf by completing the equivalent of a career Grand Slam. Prior to this achievement, Zhang had already secured victories in the U.S. Women’s Amateur, the U.S. Girls’ Junior, and an individual N.C.A.A. title while representing Stanford University.

Rose Zhang’s notable career moments 

Zhang competed in the 2019 US Women’s Open; she was just 16 at the time. Zhang was named Girls Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2019 and 2020. She also represented Team USA in the Curtis Cup in 2021 and 2022. The 20-year-old won the Mark H. McCormack Medal for top world amateur golfer three times in succession from 2020 to 2022. When she was playing in the Carmel Cup in 2022 at Pebble Beach, she set the record with nine under, during the second round.


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 Yet another record in Zhang’s name

Along with records on the green, Zhang has another ranking record attached to her name. In April 2023, she will have been ranked as the top amateur golfer in the world for 141 weeks. Before her, the golfer who had this record was Leona Maguire, who was ranked number 1 for 135 weeks.

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Riya Singhal


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Riya Singhal is a promising golf writer at EssentiallySports. She was recently recruited in the latest round of ‘ES Draft’ as one of the young writers with a strong passion for golf writing. Despite being in her early days, Riya has already showcased exceptional talent in her coverage of the sport, with her article on Brooks Koepka's kind gesture towards a young fan after his Masters loss quickly rising to the top of the charts.
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