Zhang cruises to 6&4 victory at US Girls’ Junior
Rose Zhang secured a 6&4 victory over Bailey Davis to win the 72nd US Girls’ Junior at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Zhang, who came into this week as the No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, now holds two USGA titles concurrently – the Girls’ Junior and the U.S. Women’s Amateur, which she won 11 months ago at Woodmont Country Club.
Rose Zhang (Credit: USGA)
“To be able to win in such a gruelling week, it’s truly amazing,” said Zhang, 18 who will attend Stanford University this season as a Freshman.
“In USGA events, you really need your ‘A’ game in terms of your patience, your grit and your golf game. I’ve gotten more experienced, both in how I play and how I handle myself. And after last year, it was a really special week getting to see people cheering us on.”
Zhang was virtually flawless during the final, hitting 16 greens in the morning round and putted for birdie on all 18 holes, constantly putting pressure on Davis. She converted six of those birdies, shooting a bogey-free, 6-under 64 (with match play concessions) to take a 4-up lead into the break.
The afternoon session was equally impressive.
Zhang made back-to-back birdies on the 23rd and 24th holes that extended her lead to 5-up. She pushed her margin to 6-up at the par-3 26th after Davis hit her tee shot long and failed to get up and down.
Zhang closed out the match on the 33rd hole where she made birdie after hitting the flagstick with her approach from the rough.
With the win over Davis, Zhang improves her match-play record in USGA events to 15-1, her lone loss coming in the 2019 US Girls Junior semifinals over 2021 US Women’s Open champ, Yuka Saso.
Queensland’s Lion Higo was the lone Australian in the field and was narrowly defeated in the round of 64 at the 21st hole by American Isabella Van der Biest.