When it came time for the Golfweek staff to decide the Female Amateur of the Year, there wasn’t much conversation.
Sure, there were talented athletes across the world who made their mark during the 2022 calendar year. There were first-time winners, young stars shining on the brightest stage and others cementing their legacy, But one female golfer stood out among them all.
In the end, it came down to three athletes, two who made honorable mention and the Golfweek Female Amateur of the Year. The best women’s amateur in the game has held this title for some time, and she’s going to make plenty of splashes in the professional ranks before long. The 2022 Golfweek Award winner for Female Amateur of the Year goes to …
Honorable Mention: Amari Avery
Team USA player Amari Avery reacts after putting on hole one during Four-Ball Matches at the 2022 Curtis Cup at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on Saturday, June 11, 2022. (Chris Keane/USGA)
Amari Avery joined the USC women’s golf team in the spring, and did she stand out. Three wins, seven top-10 finishes and first-team All-America honors. She has continued her dominance this fall, adding another win.
Honorable Mention: Saki Baba
Saki Baba holds the championship trophy after winning the 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. (Darren Carroll/USGA)
Saki Baba, a 17-year-old from Japan, broke out on the national stage after capturing the 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Chambers Bay in Washington. She beat Monet Chun, 11 and 9, to capture the title. She sits third in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Honorable Mention: Rachel Kuehn
Team USA player Rachel Kuehn hits her tee shot on hole eleven during Foursomes Matches at the 2022 Curtis Cup at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on Friday, June 10, 2022. (Chris Keane/USGA)
Rachel Kuehn was on the U.S. Curtis Cup team this summer and also picked up a win this fall at the loaded Stephens Cup. She also won 2022 ACC Player of the Year and was a first-team All-American.
Female Amateur of the Year: Rose Zhang
Rose Zhang is a three-time winner of the Mark H. McCormack Medal which was presented at the closing ceremony at the 2022 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship at Golf de Saint-Nom-la-Bretéche in Paris, France on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)
Rose Zhang is one of the best women’s amateurs of all-time. As a freshman at Stanford, she won the 2022 NCAA individual championship and team title. She won the Mark H. McCormack medal as world’s best amateur for the third straight year and she set a new women’s course record at Pebble Beach in the Carmel Cup, shooting 9-under 63.