Rose Zhang, Wake Forest win NCAA titles — Summer golf preview — Must-click women’s golf links

The IX: Golf Thursday with Addie Parker, May 25, 2023

Happy Golf Thursday and (almost) Memorial Day weekend, friends! Summer golf has arrived and once the misquitos start biting, the golf bug is soon to follow. Every year, the NCAA DI men and women’s championships kickstart prime-time golf season — and this year’s women’s tournament threw us for a loop! My predictions from last week were all shook up and honestly I’ve never been happier to be wrong. Let’s break down all the drama from the desert over the last 6 days.

Continue reading with a subscription to The IX

Get unlimited access to our exclusive coverage of a varitety of women’s sports, including our premium newsletter by subscribing today!

Join today

The IX Newsletter: Six different women’s sports in your inbox every week!

Subscribe now and join us, just $6 a month or $60 a year. It’s the women’s sports media network we all wished for, and now it’s here!

I think the only thing correctly predicted was the GOAT aka Rose Zhang repeating the individual title. In doing so, Zhang has solidified herself as the greatest collegiate golfer ever; she has more wins in less events than Tiger Woods (a famous Stanford golf alum) and she set the record for the best scoring average in a season at 4-under par (68.81 to be exact).

At this point, Zhang’s list of accomplishments is practically a phone book, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving. Every time she talks to the media, or we see her interacting with her teammates, we’re reminded of how incredibly humble she is. After Stanford’s shocking semifinals defeat to USC, you can see the emotion in her eyes and hear the adoration she has for her team and coaching staff; she sings their praises and they give it right back.

It’s unclear at this point what Zhang will do after this. It’s evident that she loves her team and it seems like unfinsihed buisness after falling short — but is that enough to keep her in Palo Alto, or will she announce her decision to turn pro? I think it’s important to note the friendship between Zhang and junior Rachel Heck, who made her return to the lineup after being sidelined with a shoulder injury since February. The two are tight-knit and always cheering one another on, and since they have yet to play a full season with each other, I think it’s reason enough for Zhang to want to stay. But only one person knows the answer to this, and I’m interested to see how the summer pans out to see what the final decision is.

Before we dive into USC vs. Wake Forest, I want to briefly mention the other teams I was shocked to see miss the team match-play rounds and who did.

LSU not making the top eight was surprising to me, even though I correctly predicted them not making it. The team is led by Ingrid Lindblad and Latanna Stone, both of which have played tremendous golf all season long. Lindblad finished T-5, at 7-under for four rounds. Stone had back-to-back tough days in rounds three and four, posting 77-75 to land T-45. To place things into perspective, Stanford out-scored LSU by 34 strokes. Lindblad was the only Tiger to shoot under-par, meanwhile only one Stanford player shot over-par.

Another team that I had on my watch list was Mississippi State, led by Julia Lopez Ramirez. Lopez Ramirez was on a roll for much of the playoffs, and she didn’t play badly at all, it just wasn’t enough to get the job done and securing a spot in the top eight.

Two teams that snuck their way into the match-play rounds were Florida State and Pepperdine. Neither team had made a ton of noise leading up to the natty, despite FSU being ranked inside the top-10 and Pepperdine hanging in close at the 12 spot. What’s so fascinating is that the level of play is so elite, that the stats are literally decimals apart. At any moment, it can be anyone’s game which leads us to the final match up between USC and Wake Forest.

All year long, it had been a two-team race between Stanford and Wake Forest. The top two ranked teams have a combined total of 13 wins on the season — so who else but them could compete for the title? USC, the conference rival of Stanford had something to prove. It was a tight showdown, but junior Brianna Navarrosa took down two-time NCAA individual champ Rose Zhang for the deciding point in a 3-2 win.

Both Wake and USC have struggled on the punishing desert layout in the past, the Trojans missing the 54-hole cut two years ago and the Demon Deacons doing the same last year — it’s not what we saw coming, but something worth celebrating no less.

After defeating the top-ranked college player, Navarrosa continued her roll and was throwing darts early on.

But the Demon Deacs were absolutely dialed in.

Seniors Rachel Kuehn and Lauren Walsh played will all out offensive tenacity and it paid off. Wake defeated USC 3-1 for their first national title in program history.

It was yet another incredible college season in the books, and I’m sure we’ll being seeing these players qualify for some LPGA events and the US Women’s Am. Head to Five at The IX for my picks of the best summer tournaments to tune in to — see you next week!

Want women’s hockey content? Subscribe to The Ice Garden!

Here at The IX, we’re collaborating with The Ice Garden to bring you Hockey Friday. And if you want the women’s hockey goodness 24/7? Well, you should subscribe to The Ice Garden now!

This week in women’s golf

If you have links you wish to share for Golf Thursday, sources for golf news, or want to talk about anything at all, you can email me at ! Discussion of any kind is always welcome…I mean it…MESSAGE ME!


The LPGA is in Las Vegas this week for the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play! Here are the five things to know about the tournament!

The format for this week

Linn Grant is grateful for Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play opportunity

Featured groups/matches in Vegas

Nelly Korda will not play in the Mizuho Americas Open

Tour pro qualifies for U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach … while six months(!) pregnant

LPGA Launches affordable golf clubs, accessories and shoes for female beginners and juniors

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Annika Sorenstam playing in the 2003 Bank of America Colonial on the PGA TOUR

More on the GOAT — Twenty years after Annika Sorenstam’s historic PGA Tour appearance, 10 things you might not remember

LET News

How are the 2023 rookies doing so far this season?

126 players will tee it up this week at the 2023 Belgian Ladies Open

Top storylines out of Belgium

PODCAST: Casandra Alexander has become the go-to girl when it comes to ATS events, and she stops by us this week to chat about her journey to the LET and goals for the season

The LET has been holding it down for Linn Grant

Epson Tour News

Inside the minds of Epson Tour athletes

When I was 15, I played in an international tournament in Australia against 80 other junior golfers, I remeber befriending two golfers from Singapore, one of those players is now making her mark on the Epson Tour — meet Amanda Tan


Stanford’s Rose Zhang wins ANNIKA Award

My latest from GD: Favorite looks from the DI women’s golf championship

Other News

Good friend of The IX, Lisa Cornwell, wrote a book called “Troublemaker” and it’s now available for your reading pleasure

Lorna McClymont goes back-to-back at the Flogas Irish Women’s Amateur

Five at The IX: Summer golf tournaments to circle on your calendar


This inagural event hosted by Michelle Wie West is not only held at the stunning Liberty National in Jersey City, but it will also feature junior golfers front and center with 120 of the best players in the world.

This will be the first time Liberty National is hosting an LPGA event, and the prize it set to $2.75 million, one of the largest non-Major Championship purses on the LPGA Tour calendar for the 2023 season.

Also just look at the views!


The Women’s PGA championship is just 3 weeks after Mizuho and features another iconic venue at Baltusrol Golf Club. The course will be playing over 6800 yards, and it will be TOUGH. It’ll be interesting to see the world’s best struggle a bit especially right before the US Open.

WUSO at Pebble Beach

The very next week after the PGA is the US Open at Pebble. I don’t need too many words to explain why this is a must-see event.

US Women’s Am at Bel-Air CC

The amatuers are going to Hollywood! From Jack Nicholson to Tom Cruise, Bel-Air CC has got the celebs. The Women’s AM is the third oldest USGA championship and the U.S. Women’s Amateur is over a century older than the U.S. Women’s Open.

Solheim Cup!!

It’s not quite summer, but I’m too excited about it. The Solheim Cup in Spain will be absolutely electric. I’m extra excited because earlier this week, Beth Ann Nichols tweeted that she got to preview the course!

Mondays: Soccer
By: Annie Peterson, @AnnieMPeterson, AP Women’s Soccer
Tuesdays: Tennis
By: Joey Dillon, @JoeyDillon, Freelance Tennis Writer
Wednesdays: Basketball
By: Howard Megdal, @HowardMegdal, The Next
Thursdays: Golf
By: Addie Parker, @addie_parker, The IX
Fridays: Hockey
By: @TheIceGarden, The Ice Garden
Saturdays: Gymnastics
By: Lela Moore, @runlelarun, Freelance Writer

Written by Addie Parker