Rose Zhang of Irvine, a newcomer to Stanford, received the McCormack Medal for the Women’s Best Amateur Golf Player for the second year running during the opening ceremony for the Spirit International Amateur at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.
18-year-old Zhang joined Lydia Ko from New Zealand (2011-12-13) and Leona McGuire from Ireland (2015-16-17) and is the only multiple award winner.
“It is incredible to receive an award with the names of the USGA and the R&A. So it’s both rewarding and humbling to have it happen a second time, ”said Zhang, who won the singles title in her first three tournaments at Stanford.
“The work I’ve put into my game over the past few years has really paid off and I’m very grateful to everyone who has supported me on this path. I look forward to continuing to reach new heights as I take my game to college level. “
Zhang, who was # 1 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings for the past 47 weeks, won the US Girls’ Junior Championship in July 2021 by beating Bailey Davis of White Plains, Md., 6 and 4, in the 36-hole -Finals at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md.
A year earlier, Zhang won the 2020 US Women’s Amateur by defeating Gabriela Ruffels of USC and Australia on the 38th hole at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.
Zhang, who was only the eighth player to win both events, also received low amateurs awards in the LPGA Tour’s ANA Inspiration, finished third in the 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, and finished second in the LPGA’s Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic Symetra tour.
“On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to congratulate Rose on this incredible achievement,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director of Championships.
“Her game over the past two years has put her in a league of its own and has shown that she is a champion not only on the pitch, but also off it. We can’t wait to see her career grow in the years to come. ”
The award is named after Mark H. McCormack, who founded the sports marketing company IMG and was a huge supporter of amateur golf. It is awarded annually by the USGA and R&A.
Other winners of the McCormack Medal for Women, which was first awarded in 2011, are Andrea Lee from Hermosa Beach and Stanford (2019), Jennifer Kupcho from Westminster, Colorado, and Wake Forest (2018) and Minjee Lee from Australia (2014.). ).