Rose Zhang has already achieved well more than her original goal heading into her first LPGA Tour event this week.
Zhang, the 20-year-old phenom from California, announced she was turning professional just last week.
The decision was made public shortly after she earned her second straight NCAA individual title, becoming the first woman to accomplish the feat.
It's been an incredible year so far for Zhang, who also broke the record for most wins by a Stanford University golfer after the national championship marked her 12th in just 20 starts.
Her 12th collegiate career win was also her eighth in the season alone as just a sophomore, tying the NCAA single-season record.
On Thursday, Zhang began her professional debut at Michelle Wie West's inaugural Mizuho Americas Open.
The tournament is being played at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.
Zhang started the new chapter of her career with an impressive 2-under par 70. She was five strokes back of the lead after 18 holes.
OKAY ROSE!— LPGA (@LPGA) June 1, 2023
Can't get any better than this! pic.twitter.com/dn7wRPMbMn
She followed it up with a 3-under par 69 on Friday to score a third-round pairing with 13-time LPGA Tour winner Brooke Henderson.
Playing alongside the Canadian, Zhang shot a 6-under 66 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into Sunday's final round.
After her bogey-free day, Zhang spoke to reporters, where she admitted her original goal was just to simply make the cut this week.
"I was expecting myself to scramble into the cut. That was the first priority for me," she said, adding:
Rose Zhang takes the lead with a tap-in birdie on 16 pic.twitter.com/S5RQysXOEp— LPGA (@LPGA) June 3, 2023
Despite having never led a tournament as a professional, Zhang says she's been comfortable on the golf course.
Zhang will tee off for Sunday's final round with Atthaya Thitikul at 1:55 p.m. local time.