Rose Zhang ties Stanford’s career wins record, a fourth golfer wins for Vanderbilt and more highlights from the past week in college golf
Another week has come and gone in college golf, and the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, is even closer.
In the last week of college golf, each of the top-ranked teams picked up wins while their stars shined. One of them tied a school record for career wins.
Each week, Golfweek will put together a roundup of the best individual and team performances from across the country, as teams continue on the road to Grayhawk, highlighting spectacular performances and keeping you up to date on which teams are making a title push.
Here’s what you need to know from the last week in college golf.
Rose Zhang ties Andrea Lee's wins record
Stanford’s Rose Zhang wins the individual title at the 2022 NCAA Championship. (Photo: Darren Reese/Stanford)
Rose Zhang is the best women’s amateur in the world, and she continues to prove worthy of that title every time she tees it up.
On Tuesday, Zhang birdied three of her final four holes to win the Juli Inkster Meadow Club Collegiate. It’s her fifth victory this season and ninth of her career, which ties Zhang with Andrea Lee for most on Stanford’s career wins list.
Zhang has won five of her six starts this season. In the one tournament she didn’t win, she finished T-12. Zhang finished at 11 under, beating San Jose State’s Kajsa Arwefjall by two shots.
The defending NCAA individual champion also helped her team collect a win, as top-ranked Stanford beat No. 13 USC by five shots. No. 7 San Jose State placed third, nine shots behind the Cardinal.
Stanford’s Sadie Englemann tied for third at 1 under, and Megha Ganne tied for ninth.
Fourth Vanderbilt golfer wins title, Commodores win fourth straight
Vanderbilt Commodores, 2023 Cabo Collegiate Champions. 2023 Cabo Collegiate, Third Round. Twin Dolphin Golf Club, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, March 7 2023. (Photo: Darren Carroll, Cabo Collegiate)
The rich get richer.
Last season, Gordon Sargent captured the NCAA individual title as a freshman. Since then, he has risen to No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and has become one of the faces of college golf, collecting two wins this season.
However, there’s another freshman who’s proving his worth for the Commodores. Wells Williams captured the Cabo Collegiate at Twin Dolphin Club in Mexico on Tuesday by five shots, finishing at 10-under 203. Williams has risen to fifth in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, and for good reason.
He has started only three tournaments this year, but he has two top 10s and a 69.8 scoring average. His worst finish was a T-11 at the Hayt.
Williams became the fourth Vanderbilt golfer to win a tournament this year, joining Sargent, Matthew Riedel and William Moll.
As a team, Vanderbilt won the Cabo Collegiate by 11 shots over Ole Miss. It’s the fourth straight win for the Commodores and fifth this season, setting a program record. Riedel tied for fifth at 4 under, and Sargent placed seventh at 3 under.
Georgia Southern captures Colleton River Collegiate
Georgia Southern won the Colleton River Collegiate. (Photo: Georgia Southern Golf)
Thanks to big final-round performances from 2022 U.S. Amateur runner-up Ben Carr and Hogan Ingram, Georgia Southern vaulted past Kansas State to win the Colleton River Collegiate at the Colleton River Club’s Nicklaus Course in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Georgia Southern finished at 34 under, besting Kansas State by two shots. The Wildcats shot even par in the final round, however, the Eagles shot 7 under to claim the crown.
Carr finished in a four-way tie for second at 10 under. August Meekhof of Michigan State won the event at 11 under. Both players shot 4 under in the final round on the par-72 layout.
Michigan State, the tournament host, finished in third at 26 under.
Another Div. II school wins Div. I event
Embry-Riddle, a Division II program, captured the Daytona Beach Spring Invitational on Tuesday, winning by one shot over Longwood and Loyola-Chicago.
Embry-Riddle shot 15-over 879, including a 2-under total in the final round to take the crown. It was the only team in the field to shoot under par in the final round.
Ian Aldarondo finished at 3-under 213 and in fifth while John Triplett finished T-11 at 3-over. Florida’s Ryan Hart, playing as an individual, won the crown at 9-under 207 by one shot.
Golfweek/Sagarin rankings update
As mentioned above, Stanford and Vanderbilt remain the top-ranked teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Meanwhile, Sargent and Zhang each pace the individual rankings.