AS A SENIOR: Ended his final season with the Irish competing in two total events, both as an individual ... wrapped up the year with a stroke average of 80.25 overall - 77.00 in the spring and 81.33 in the fall ... took to the course for the first time on the season at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic ... placed 80th in the field after carding a 54-hole total of 244 (+34) ... saved his best round for last, concluding the FIGGC with a 75 (+5) on his final 18 holes, also his lowest round of the year ... returned in the spring at the Battle at the Warren, tying for 21st with a score of 77 (+6).
AS A JUNIOR: Participated in two tournaments for the Irish ... recorded a 78.75 stroke average ... opened his season at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic as an individual participant ... tied for 72nd at the FIGGC with a 25-over par 235 (81-74-80) ... competed at the Battle at the Warren finishing at 10-over par 80.
SUMMER 2008: Despite tough weather conditions, advanced to 16-man match play tree at Wolverton Alberta Open Championship in Dewinton (Carnmoney GC) after finishing sixth (fourth among amateurs) during medal play at two-over par 146 (73-73) ... fell in first round of Alberta Match Play Championship in Dewinton (Carnmoney GC) on 19th hole to Tim Webb ... tied for 34th at Sun Life Financial Men's Amateur in Calgary (Calgary G&CC) with 19-over par 299 (76-70-80-73) ... earned exemption into main field at Western Amateur, but did not make 36-hole cut after firing nine-over par 149 (75-74) at Point O' Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in six tournaments during his first collegiate season, including the last three in the Irish starting lineup ... tallied 75.53 stroke average over 17 rounds ... saw all nine of his travel-squad rounds count to the team score ... made college debut at Rutgers Invitational ("B" team event), tying for eighth place at six-over par 219 (69-77-73) and setting season-low marks for 18 and 54 holes in the process ... participated as an individual at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, where he placed 69th at 34-over par 244 (80-83-81) ... opened spring season with 32nd-place tie in Charleston Southern Spring Kickoff ("B" team event) at 19-over par 232 (75-80-77) ... broke into starting lineup for first time at National Invitational Tournament, ending up tied for 48th place at eight-over par 224 (74-72-78) ... posted best finish of rookie season at Irish Invitational, tying for fourth place at one-over par 141 (71-70) ... became the seventh Notre Dame freshman in as many seasons to play at BIG EAST Championship, tying for 18th place at eight-over par 224 (77-75-72).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Enjoyed strong junior golf career, both in his home province of Alberta, as well as in the United States ... qualified for and participated in the 2009 U.S. Amateur at Southern Hill Golf and Country Club after shooing a 67-69 to qualify ... also participated twice ('08, '09) in the Western Amateur ... three-time winner of Alberta Juvenile Championship (16-and-under) ... three-time winner of Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) Future Links Championship (Bantam division) ... two-time qualifier for Canadian Amateur Championship, advancing to match play in 2006 ... played way into 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship with dramatic rally in qualifying, carding birdies on six of his last eight holes, including the first playoff hole ... finished 34th on 2007 CN Future Links Junior Order of Merit ... played regularly on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Tour ... registered 75.80 stroke average in 13 events on the AJGA loop, collecting six top-20 finishes (two in the Top 10) ... temporarily relocated to La Quinta, Calif., for 2006-07 winter season, playing in four events on the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) and tying for 38th on the FCWT points list while logging a 72.00 stroke average ... posted four top-20 finishes on that circuit, including three in the Top 10 ... finished second at 2006 FCWT Escena Classic after shooting eight-under par 136 (66-70) ... tied for second at 2006 FCWT Mission Hills Pete Dye Invitational with four-under par 136 (70-66) ... graduated from Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary, Alberta ... member of the RCGA Canadian Junior National Team in '06, which included other golfers Matt Hill, Eugene Wong and Nick Taylor, who were all former #1 ranked college golfers ... first Canadian golfer to join Irish program since Walter Mulfur (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) earned a monogram in 1956 ... one of three foreign-born players who teed up for Notre Dame in 2008-09, along with Brazilian Olavo Batista and England's Tom Usher ... full name is Dustin Charles Zhang ... older of two children born to Charles Zhang and Jen Yu ... born September 9, 1989 in Calgary, Alberta ... currently enrolled in Mendoza College of Business as a finance major with 3.377 cumulative grade-point average (GPA).
Zhang's Career Statistics
||Top Finish (Field)- Event
||T-4th (59)- Irish Invitational
||T-13th (Caputo Invitational)
||T-72nd (Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic)
||T-21st (The Battle at the Warren)
||T-4th ('08 Irish Invitational)