Trojans looking for seventh consecutive regional win.
The junior takes over first at 9-under after her 7-under round; four Trojans in top 10.
All five Trojans under par to kick off postseason, take four-stroke lead.
Trojans looking for sixth conference crown, fifth win this season.
Trojans turn focus to upcoming Pac-12 Championships
THIS SEASON: Kyung Kim, a three-time All-American (first team in 2013 and 2014, second in 2015) and a three-time All-Pac-12 first teamer, returns one of the top golfers in the country as a 2016 senior.
CAREER: Kim begins her senior year tied for second on USC's career chart in rounds in the 60s (21), one out of first, to go with three career wins (tied for sixth). She is also fourth on USC's career stroke average chart at 72.53, second among Trojans who have played at least three seasons ... She is one of only eight Trojans ever to earn two All-American first team honors. No Trojan has done it three times. She is also trying to become just the fourth Trojan to earn four All-American honors overall.
2014-2015: Kim earned WGCA All-American second team honors (her third All-American honor overall) as a 2015 junior and was tabbed as an All-Pac-12 first teamer for the third year in a row. She was second on the team in stroke average (73.17), had four rounds in the 60s and finished with six top 14 finishes, including one fourth and a pair of ties for seventh ... She posted a season-best fourth at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational at 8-under 208 (67-70-71) and ties for seventh at the Stanford Intercollegiate at 4-under 209 (70-72-67) and at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at 4-over 217 (72-77-68). She also tied for 10th at the UC Irvine Invitational at 1-over 217 (70-78-69) ... She earned 2015 Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention honors for the second year in a row.
2013-2014: Kim completed her second straight stellar season as a 2014 sophomore, amazingly repeating her WGCA All-American first team, WGCA All-West Region and All-Pac-12 first team honors ... She broke USC's season-record for rounds in the 60s with 11 (the previous best was eight) and posted a career-best stroke average of 71.51, third-best in school history (0.01 out of second, 0.15 back of third) ... Her 20 rounds of par or better were almost double her total from her freshman year and second-best ever at USC. She won two events as a sophomore to give her three for her career and she had seven top 8 finishes with four in the top 4 ... She became the first Trojan since Dewi Claire Schreefel in the fall of 2007 to go under 70 in all three rounds of an event by taking first at the 2013 Fall Preview at 6-under 204 (69-69-66) to open the 2013-14 season. Her three-round total was tied for the second lowest in school history, joining Schreefel's 204 at the aforementioned 2007 event (also a Fall Preview) ... Kim extended her streak of rounds in the 60s to five in a row with a 69 and a 68 at the Windy Collegiate Championship (a USC record to start the season as well as at any point during the season) en route to a tie for second at 3-under 210 (69-68-73) ... Kim won her team-best second event of the season and the third of her career by outlasting teammates Doris Chen and Annie Park (who both tied for second) to win the Bruin Wave Invitational at 3-under 213 (70-70-73) ... Other top finishes included a tie for fourth at the NCAA West Regional at even 216 (66-74-76), a tie for seventh at the 2014 Pac-12s at 2-over 218 (76-69-73) an eighth at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at 4-under 212 (73-69-70) and a tie for 16th at the 2014 NCAA Championships at 5-over 285 (77-74-67-67) ... She and teammate Annie Park represented the U.S. in the 2014 Curtis Cup in June and helped the eight-woman American team win 13-7. Kim, like, Park, was 3-1 in competition that included match-play in Four-Ball, Foursomes and Singles ... She finished sixth at the World University Golf Championships at 3-under 285 (71-72-73-69) and helped the U.S. finish second, four back of Spain. Kim also played at the 2014 Women's Amateur Public Links but missed the cut ... She earned 2014 Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention honors.
2012-2013: Kim earned 2013 WGCA All-American and 2013 All-Pac-12 first team honors as a freshman as well as WGCA All-West Region recognition. She led the Trojans with six rounds in the 60s and had one win among her six top 10 finishes, claiming the Stanford Intercollegiate at 7-under 206 (72-66-68). Kim, whose stroke average of 72.55 was third-best on the team and tied for 11th in school history, was third at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and tied for third at the NCAA West Regional, where her final-round 63 set USC's record for lowest round ever. She tied for sixth at the NCAA Championships at 1-over 289 (74-69-69-77) and was the only Trojan to break 70 twice in the event. She also tied for fourth at the SDSU Farms Invitational at 5-over 221 (72-76-73) and tied for seventh at the Bruin Wave Invitational (73-76-74) ... After the season, she advanced to the round of 32 at the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship ... She earned a spot in the U.S. Women's Open as an amateur for the second year in a row by winning a five-hole playoff at the final qualifying round. At the Open, she started with a 1-under 71 but followed with a second-round 82 and missed the cut ... Kim also played at the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur, advancing past the stroke play round but falling in the first round of match play ... Kim was named a Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar for Division I golfers with at least a 3.50 GPA.
HIGH SCHOOL: Kim prepped at Hamilton High in Chandler, Ariz., where she became a member of the 2011 U.S. Junior Solheim Cup Team and the West Wyndham Cup Team and qualified to compete in the U.S. Women's Open. The sixth-ranked junior in the country as a senior and the second-ranked in her class according to Golfweek Sagarin, Kim was a four-time 2011 Rolex Junior All-American, twice as a first teamer. She was the 2010 Arizona High School Player of the Year and was Arizona All-State first team four years in a row (2009-12). Kim won three AJGA events (she had four AJGA top 10 finishes in 2011) and posted three seconds and five thirds. Among her wins were the 2010 PING Phoenix Junior and the 2011 Heather Farr Classic ... After graduating from high school, she won her biggest event to date, claiming the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, N.J., in late June. Kim, who advanced to the 64-player match-play draw after tying for 20th in two rounds of stroke play, had 10 birdies in the championship round. Her victory was the first time that a non-college player claimed the title since 2007 ... Kim also competed as an amateur at the 2012 U.S. Women's Open Championship, missing the cut by one stroke with a two-round 150.
PERSONAL: Born in April 2, 1994, her parents are Douglas Kim and Eun Young Kim. She is a business administration.
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