Popov Named Pac-12 Scholar

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USC women's golf has developed a reputation for all-around student-athletes who dominate on the course and in the classroom.  Senior Sophia Popov is the best example as a leader on the national championship team, and now the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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Popov, a communications major, holds a 3.53 cumulative GPA. She earned her second WGCA All-American and All-Pac-12 first team honors in 2013 after playing an integral role in USC's NCAA title run.

A Weingarten, Germany native, Popov is currently ranked in the top-20 in both the NCAA and the World Amateur Golf rankings. As a senior this year, she has five top-13 finishes and six in the top-17 in seven starts. She is USC's career leader in rounds in the 60s (21) and her five wins are tied for most in program history. Popov is a three-time All-American on track to become just USC's second four-time All-American.

"The Pac-12 Conference has great pride and respect for our rich history of academic and athletic excellence," said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. "We are proud of this year's group of student-athletes and their dedication to achieving success in sports and in the classroom."


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