Karen Chung is a 2017 senior who competed for the Trojans in the fall in her fourth year as a starter. She recently finished tied for 19th in the final stage of the LPGA's Q School to earn full LPGA status. She will forgo her final semester of NCAA play to begin playing professionally in January of 2017.
Chung was third on USC's team in stroke average (72.29) as a 2016 junior with four top 10s and one win on the year, earning WGCA All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-12 first team honors ... She had three rounds in the 60s for all of the 2014-15 season, a total she matched in USC's season-opener and then surpassed after opening her second tournament with one more. She finished with six overall ... Chung's win in the season opener at the Annika Intercollegiate at 12-under 204 (68-68-68) was the third of her career, tied with Kim for sixth on USC's career chart. She also tied for second at the Windy City Collegiate with a team-best 7-under 209 (68-71-70), tied for ninth at The Gold Rush at 4-over 220 (70-75-75) and tied for 10th at the Pac-12 Championships at 3-under 213 (71-69-73) ... She split her matches in USC's win at the East Lake Cup, including a 4&2 win over Duke's Celine Boutier. At the SDSU March Mayhem, she went 3-0-1 in her matches, including a 6&5 win over Stanford's Casey Danielson in the semifinals and a 1up win over Arizona's Haley Moore in the final. Chung did not compete at the Liz Murphey Invitational while playing as an amateur in the LPGA's Ana Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, March 31 and April 1. She did not make the cut ... She tied for 27th in the NCAA Championships stroke play portion at 2-over 290 (73-69-74-74) and defeated Duke No. 1 player Leona Maguire, 4&2, for USC's lone point in its NCAA quarterfinal loss.
As a 2015 sophomore Chung earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors after finishing fifth on the team in stroke average (73.84) to go with eight top 21 finishes, including her second career victory. Chung had three rounds in the 60s during the season, two during her win at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational where she crushed the field at 11-under 205 (67-68-70). The last Trojan to finish double digits under par was Annie Park, who won the 2013 NCAA title at 10-under, though over four rounds. Chung's total was two off Irene Cho's school record on a par 72 course, a 13-under 203 at the Guadalajara (Mexico) Invitational ... Chung tied for 11th twice, at 9-over 222 (71-76-75) at the NCAA St. George (Utah) Regional and in the season-opening ANNIKA Intercollegiate at 1-under 215 (70-72-73). Her other finish under par was a 2-under 211 (72-69-70) when she tied for 12th at the Stanford Intercollegiate. At the NCAA Championships, she tied for 21st during the stroke play portion at 12-over 300 (77-79-73-71). She was the only Trojan to win both of her NCAA match play matches, defeating Washington's Eimi Koga, 3&1, in the quarterfinals, and downing Stanford's Quirine Eijkenboom in a playoff in the semifinals.
Chung, as a freshman, earned 2014 WGCA All-American and 2014 Pac-12 second team honors and was named to the WGCA All-West Region team ... She was fourth on the team in stroke average (72.59), finishing among the top 20 in program history. She had five rounds in the 60s and 10 rounds of par or better ... She posted five top 11 finishes, including her first collegiate win at the SDSU Farms Invitational at 8-under 208 (74-68-66). Her 66 at the SDSU Farms included a 29 front 9, a personal best for the freshman ... She tied for 10th at the NCAA West Regional with a 6-over 222 (77-72-73), claimed sixth at the Windy City Collegiate Championship at 1-over 214 (73-69-72) and tied for third at the Stanford Intercollegiate at 5-under 208 (69-67-72) ... Following the collegiate season, Chung played in the U.S. Women's Amateur, earning her spot after winning her qualifier, though she missed the cut at the main event. She then tied for 13th at the Canadian Women's Amateur at 4-under 285 (75-72-71-67) ... In the summer before her first collegiate semester, Chung reached the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championships. She also played at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championships, but did not make the cut.
Chung, home-schooled from the Zion Academy and from Livingston, N.J., earned 2008, 2011 and 2012 AJGA All-American first team status and was second team in 2009 and 2010 and went undefeated while representing the U.S. in the 2012 Jr. Ryder Cup. She also represented America at the 2011 and 2013 Jr. Solheim Cups and competed for the East team four times from 2009-12 at the Wyndham Cup. She won back-to-back AJGA Girls Championships in 2009-10, won the 2011 Thunderbird International Junior and was the runner-up at the 2008 USGA Junior Girls Championship. She has 14 top 5 finishes in her AJGA career.
Chung is a communication major ... Her cousin, Stephanie Kim, played golf at Wake Forest (09-10) and briefly played professionally.