Smith, Chang Earn PING All-American Honors
June 20, 2013
USC senior Sam Smith and freshman Yi Keun Chang, who led USC to the 2013 NCAA Championships and a pair of wins this year, were both named 2013 PING All-American honorable mention selections, the GCAA announced Thursday (June 20).
Smith led USC in stroke average as a 2013 senior at 71.76 and was the Trojans' top finisher for five consecutive events during a late-season stretch.
That string of top finishes was highlighted by his first career win, coming at the 2013 NCAA Pullman Regional were he finished at 14-under 202 (62-64-76), his first two rounds establishing a school record for the lowest score over 36 holes. His first round 62 tied the school record, as well.
Among his eight rounds in the 60s was also a 65 at the North Ranch Intercollegiate, where he tied for fourth for his second-best finish of the season. He had nine top 20 results on the season, tops on the team.
Chang was second on the team in stroke average at 71.78 and finished with a team-best nine rounds in the 60s, including three rounds of 66.
He had a USC high four top 10 finishes, including a win at the North Ranch Intercollegiate at 2-under 211 and a fifth at his collegiate debut at the Pac-12 Preview.
Chang had eight top 20 results, including a tie for 16th at the NCAA Championships, where he led all Trojans at 4-under 207.