LPGA Rookie Qiang Zhang to Return to Stanford in January

After a successful rookie season on the LPGA Tour, Qiang Zhang has announced that she will return to Stanford University in January to continue her education.

Zhang turned pro last year as a sophomore with four top-10 finishes, three of which came at majors, and the 20-year-old also won the Mizzou American Open in her LPGA Tour debut.

Stanford plays on a quarterly system, with each quarter lasting 10 weeks. She missed the last two quarters and needed to make up some ground.

LPGA Rookie Qiang Zhang to Return to Stanford in January

"You know, the school starts with the winter semester - January through March, until the end of March - including finals week and so on," Zhang told reporters." So I'll make time to go back and study in person. We have the Asian Swing and the Florida Swing, so it's still to be decided if I'll play in those tournaments.

Zhang told reporters that she may only play in one or two tournaments during her lessons from January through March. She knows the balance will be a challenge, but she has a plan of attack that will hopefully set her up for success.

I think the biggest takeaway is being able to say no," Chang said." Yes, you have responsibilities and obligations to the media and sponsors, but at the end of the day, you have to learn how to take care of yourself, your job, your craft, and that is to play your best on the golf course.

Chang has now completed 55 percent of her graduation requirements with 85 credits remaining. She will need to work hard over the next few years to balance her studies with her golf career.

Chang's decision to return to Stanford is a testament to her commitment to both her education and her golf career. She is a talented young player with a bright future ahead of her, and it will be interesting to see how she balances these two passions in the coming years.

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