CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Rose Zhang of Irvine, California, added her name to the storied history of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship with a four-day tournament total of 15-under-par 273.
Zhang now holds all three Rolex honors in the same AJGA season with her victory at the 2019 Rolex Tournament of Champions, 2019 Rolex Junior Player of the Year and 2020 Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
Rolex is such a prestigious brand and having them support junior golf and host this event is so amazing. Being one of the few people to have the three Rolex titles in the same season is something I'm extremely proud of.
Zhang started off strong as the 18-hole leader with a five-stroke advantage. She shot a new amateur course record of 8-under-par 64 and continued to put up solid rounds.
In the final round, Bohyun Park of Farmer's Branch, Texas, and Catherine Rao of Camarillo, California, gave Zhang a challenge, coming within one stroke of her lead. Zhang played even-par golf on the front nine, but had a birdie on No. 10 to put herself back in position. She closed out the final round with four-straight birdies, ending with a six-stroke victory.
In her 72 holes of play, Zhang had 19 birdies. Coming off her win at the U.S. Women's Amateur, she maintained a steady performance to earn her eighth AJGA title and sixth Invitational win since 2018.
It honestly feels amazing because I didn't really expect anything coming out of this week, but it's just such an honor to win one event and I am truly thankful winning my eighth.
Zhang has held the top spot in the Rolex AJGA Rankings for 79 consecutive weeks and solidified herself as a consistent competitor in national junior golf, adding 14 top-5 finishes since 2016.
Park finished tied for second with Leila Raines of Galena, Ohio, at 9-under-par 279. Rao finished in fourth place with a total of 8-under-par 280. Megha Ganne of Holdmel, New Jersey, earned the low final-round of the day with a 7-under-par 65 to finish in fifth place.
Rounding out the top ten, Sophie Zhang-Murphy of Saratoga, California, finished in sixth at 5-under-par 283, Paula Miranda shot a 4-under-par 284 in seventh place, Grace Summerhays of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Bailey Davis of White Plains, Maryland finished tied for eighth at 3-under-par 285 and Katie Li of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, finished in tenth at 2-under-par 286.
About the Rolex Girls Junior Championship
The 29th Rolex Girls Junior Championship took place August 17-21 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The all-girls invitational brought the top-ranked junior golfers in the world to compete at Dalhousie Golf Club for a 72-hole, stroke-play tournament.
Since 1992, the competition brings together one of the strongest fields in junior golf. The 2020 event included 11 of the top 20 girls in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Representatives from seven foreign countries and 22 U.S. states are set to compete in one of the AJGA’s most iconic all-girls events.
The 2020 Rolex Girls Junior Championship field is highlighted by 13 Rolex Junior All-Americans and 41 AJGA champions, including 15 players with wins this year. Of the total girls competing, 21 players have committed verbally or with a National Letter of Intent to play college golf.
Rolex Girls Junior Championship History
The Rolex Girls Junior Championship has occurred annually since 1992, changing host venues each year. Noteworthy courses include: LPGA International – Champions and Legends Course (2002-2005), Long Cove Club (2010), The Country Club of North Carolina – Dogwood Course (2015), and Promontory Club – Dye Canyon Course (2018).
Dalhousie Golf Club also hosted the 2013 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, crowning current LPGA Tour player Alison Lee as the champion with a score of 7-under-par 281. Lee went on to win the 2013 Rolex Tournament of Champions and was also named the 2013 Rolex Junior Player of the Year in her last year of junior golf before starting her stand-out college career at UCLA.
Past champions of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship include an AJGA all-star cast: Rachel Heck (2017), Alison Lee (2013), Ariya Jutanugarn (2012, 2011), Morgan Pressel (2005), Paula Creamer (2003), and Inbee Park (2002).
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