Rose Zhang
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Aside from her excellent golf game, what’s most impressive about Rose Zhang is her poise. She carries a level of inner calm and confidence that blew me away when I first got to know her. It’s especially apparent when she’s playing under immense pressure—like at the Mizuho Americas Open earlier this year, where she made history by becoming the first golfer in 72 years to win her LPGA debut.

Rose is a fierce competitor but, more importantly, she’s an incredibly supportive teammate and friend. It’s clear that she cares about uplifting other players just as much as she cares about performing well, and that’s what makes her such a remarkable role model. I just know that she’s going to continue to flourish as a student at Stanford and as a woman out on tour, and I absolutely can’t wait to keep watching her win.

Wie West is a professional golfer who retired from the LPGA tour this year

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