Coulter storms through the field to claim runner-up finish behind Zhang

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Beth Coulter (Photo by Jan Kruger/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Beth Coulter put on a final round charge as she registered her highest finest of her freshman year with Arizona State, claiming second place in the Pac-12 Championship.

World Number One amateur and Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion Rose Zhang was the runaway winner on twelve-under.

Coulter shot a final round 68 – one better than Zhang – to finish on five-under-par and rise eleven places in the leaderboard.

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The Kirkistown Castle starlet raced out of the traps with three birdies in six holes.

Her only dropped shot came on the 12th but she finished how she started with two birdies in her last three holes.

Coulter’s previous best finish for the Sun Devils was 11th at the ASU Invitational and the Irish Women’s Close and Girls Close champion is trending in the right direction ahead of the Irish championship season.

On the same day she broke Leona Maguire’s long-standing record for most weeks spent as women’s world number one amateur, Zhang added another title to her glittering CV.

Zhang has now spent 136 weeks as the world’s leading women’s amateur golfer, surpassing the record total of 135 weeks set by Leona Maguire in 2018.

The 19-year-old ascended to the number one position in WAGR® for the first time in September 2020 and has gone on to beat Lydia Ko’s record of 130 consecutive weeks by remaining at the top of the ranking ever since.

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