Rose Zhang remains unstoppable, sweeping third college title while leading Stanford to 22-shot victory

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Rose Zhang has now won her first three starts at Stanford. It’s the first time in Cardinal history that a freshman has swept her first three events. For the record, Tiger Woods won two of this first three at Stanford.

Zhang’s 16-under effort at the Stanford Intercollegiate ties the relation-to-par record that sophomore Rachel Heck posted last season. The two-time USGA champion carded only two bogeys over the course of 54 holes at the home event, winning by four. The No. 1-ranked amateur is now 23 under through nine rounds of college golf, sporting a 69.1 average.

The Stanford women’s team are now a perfect 3-0 as well.

The Cardinal’s 28-under performance ties the 54-hole record set last year at NCAA regionals, also hosted at Stanford’s home course. Freshman Caroline Sturdza of Switzerland tied for fifth for Stanford while Aline Krauter (T-7), Heck (T-10) and Angelina Ye (T-19) rounded out the lineup.

The Cardinal topped runner-up San Jose State by 22 strokes. UCLA was the only other team that broke par at 1 under.

The legendary Woods won three times as a freshman and eight times as a sophomore in his two years at Stanford. Maverick McNealy, Patrick Rodgers and Woods hold the all-time record for most wins at Stanford with 11. Andrea Lee, a rookie on the LPGA, is next with nine.

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Sophomore Rachel Heck won six times in one semester last spring, including a sweep of the postseason.

Stanford heads next to Hawaii for the final event on the fall schedule, the Pac-12 Preview. There are eight events listed for the spring, including the NCAA Championship.