College golf notebook: Rose Zhang and Stanford women win another victory, while the Oklahoma men win in Hawaii

Nov, 2022

Rose Zhang has participated in 14 college tournaments. Seven of these she has won.

Zhang, the best women’s amateur golfer in the world, is now a sophomore at Stanford. She won the Pac-12 Preview at Nanea Golf Club in Hawaii. The No. The No. 1 Cardinal team also won the fourth spring tournament, with three stroke play wins and a match-play victory against No. 2 Wake Forest at Stephens Cup

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Zhang was 11-under 208 and beat Ashleigh Park in Oregon by three shots. Zhang won her third season title and shot below par in each round. She finished T-12 in the only tournament she didn’t win, Stephens Cup.

Rachel Heck, 2021 NCAA individual champion, did not play for the defending champions. However, Stanford’s lineup has depth and it showed in Hawaii. Megha Ganne, a freshman, finished at 4 over and T-7. Brooke Seay was 10th at 3under and Sadie Englemann was at even par and at T-11.

Stanford beat Oregon by 10 shots in the team competition. Arizona came in third place at 7 under, just one shot behind the Ducks. The top five were completed by UCLA (2 over), Arizona State (5 under), and UCLA (2 über).

Individually, Gile Bite Starkute from Arizona finished third at 7 under. At 6 under, Caroline Canales from UCLA and Ashley Menne of Arizona State tied for fourth. Amari Avery, a sophomore at USC, finished T-7.

Oklahoma men win in Hawaii

The Oklahoma men’s golf team won its first win of the season in Hawaii with the capture of the Ka’anapali Collegiate at Ka’anapali Golf Course, Lahaina.

The Sooners shot 19 less in the final round to beat Clemson by 12 shots. They finished at 41-under 811.

The Sooners’ leaders were Jake Holbrook, Drew Goodman, and Jase Summy. They tied for fifth at eleven-under 202. Holbrook and Goodman shot 5 over in the final round, while Summy scored a 4 under score. Stephen Campbell Jr. shot 8-under and was T-10 for the Sooners. Patrick Welch was T-17 with 6 under.

Andrew Swanson, Clemson’s undergraduate golfer, finished at 18-under195 in the individual competition. He beat Nick Gabrelcik from North Florida by two shots.

Georgia’s Maxwell Ford was third at 13 under, while Liberty’s Josh Ryan came in a distant second.

Kansas’ William Duquette scored an ace in the third round. He hit his shot from 202 yards on the par-3-15th.

Arizona State women set a record

Arizona State’s women’s golf team broke a program record for the lowest 18-hole score to par.

The Sun Devils posted a 17-under round of 275 during the Pac-12 Preview’s opening day. The 2017 national champions set the previous record.

Patriot All-America adds The Thunderbolt for week-long celebrations

The Patriot All-America is set to improve.

The tournament organizers have added a second tournament to Patriot’s lineup called The Thunderbolt. This will feature 72 of the top male collegiate players in the country competing in a three-round event at Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club, Surprise, Arizona.

The inaugural Thunderbolt will take place at the same time the 12th Annual Patriot All-America Invitational. This invitational is made up of 84 top men’s college players and 66 top women’s college players playing at Wigwam Golf Resort, Litchfield Park. The 2022 edition of the Thunderbolt will feature 66 players in the women’s field, up from 42.

The Patriot All-America Invitational will feature PING All-Americans from previous seasons in NCAA Division I II and III as well as 2021 First Team All-America seniors of the AJGA.

Dustin Roberts (GCAA Chief Operating Officer), stated that it’s becoming more difficult to get invitations to elite tournaments due to the high level of talent at college and amateur golf. The Thunderbolt gives those who are not eligible for invitations a chance to play against high-quality competition and improve their profiles and rankings. We are proud to announce that the top three Thunderbolt finishers will be invited to the 2023 Patriot All-America Invitational. This invitation is a pathway to elite tournament play.

The Thunderbolt was named after the Air Force P-47 Thunderbolt. It is designed to accommodate players who meet the initial eligibility requirements but didn’t make it to The Patriot. A player may still receive an invitation to The Thunderbolt, but it does not prevent them from being invited to The Patriot. All golfers in The Thunderbolt will be added to The Patriot’s alternate list.

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