Stanford Cardinal freshman golfer Rose Zhang is the first varsity athlete to land a name, image and likeness deal with Adidas after the approval was announced on Tuesday.
“Rose is an extraordinary athlete, a class act both on and off the golf course and is driven to be the best in the world every day,” said Adidas Golf Global Sports Marketing Director Tim McNulty. , in a press release. “Having Rose join the adidas team is something we have been looking forward to for some time, and we look forward to supporting her as she continues to leave her mark on women’s golf around the world.
It’s been a pretty busy week for the top-ranked amateur golfer in the world as Zhang won the NCAA Individual Championship a week ago and won the team championship just five days ago.
Zhang shot a 3 of 75 to crown the national title at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is the second consecutive winner of an individual title for the Cardinal. Zhang has previously won the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Junior Championship and is now adding college success to her list of accomplishments.
“She has such a strong mindset,” Stanford coach Annie Walker said. “It wasn’t easy no matter what it looked like. It was a chore. She didn’t hit him the way she wanted to and was kind of out of position. She never let him shake his cage .”
The announcement comes the same week that Zhang will play her fourth straight US Women’s Open. This event will take place at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC.
Zhang is the first individual athlete to sign with Adidas, but the brand had launched an NIL network, allowing student-athletes to become affiliate ambassadors in group deals. This individual endorsement triggers the first of what Adidas says is the start of a new wave of signings.