CHEVY CHASE, Md. — Rose Zhang gained the U.S. Ladies’ Junior on Saturday at Columbia Nation Membership, beating native favourite Bailey Davis 6 and 4 within the 36-hole remaining to turn into the eighth participant to win each the junior and U.S. Girls’s Newbie.
The 18-year-old Zhang gained the newbie final yr at Woodmont Nation Membership in Rockville, Maryland. She’s the one of the eight gamers to win the newbie earlier than the junior.
“To have the ability to win in such a grueling week, it is actually superb,” mentioned Zhang, the top-ranked newbie on the earth. “In USGA occasions, you really want your ‘A’ recreation by way of your endurance, your grit and your golf recreation.”
Zhang, the rising Stanford freshman from Irvine, California, is the primary qualifying medalist to win since Ariya Jutanugarn in 2011. After delay of three hours, quarter-hour due to harmful climate, Zhang completed off Davis with a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-4 thirty second after hitting the flagstick along with her method.
“I am actually happy with the dedication and work that I put in over the previous yr,” Zhang mentioned. “I’ve gotten extra skilled, each in how I play and the way I deal with myself. And after final yr, it was a extremely particular week attending to see folks cheering us on.”
The 18-year-old Davis, from White Plains, was attempting to turn into the primary Black golfer to win a girls’s USGA title. An incoming freshman at Tennessee, she’s a three-time Maryland highschool state champion.
Zhang earned spots within the 2022 U.S. Girls’s Open at Pine Needles and the 2021 Augusta Nationwide Girls’s Newbie. Each finalists at the moment are into the U.S. Girls’s Newbie at Westchester Nation Membership subsequent month.