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No. 1 amateur golfer announces she will go pro

Rose Zhang, the world no. 1 amateur golfer, is going pro.

According to The Athletic, Zhang, who is currently a sophomore at Standford University, made the announcement on Friday. She will make her professional debut at the inaugural Mizuho Americas Open.

“From my teammates to my coaches and trainers, to my friends and my family – you have all been integral in my journey, shaping me as a person and player while making sacrifices for my success. You have made it possible for me to pursue my dreams,” Zhang wrote on Instagram.

According to ESPN, the United States Golf Association granted Zhang a special exemption after her announcement. It will allow her to compete in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California from July 6-9.

Zhang is a three-time winner of the McCormack Medal, a prize given to the world’s top amateur player. During her two seasons at Stanford, she won 12 times in 20 starts. She plans to continue pursuing her degree.

“I appreciate everyone who continues to believe and support in me as I will be embarking on this new chapter in my life. With faith in God’s plan, I’m stoked for what’s to come,” she wrote in her Instagram post.

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