Eight former USC golfers will compete, seven of which are in the top 80 of the LPGA money list.
Four-time All-American fired 3-under 69 in first round.
Venezuelan native, a rookie on the tour, registers best ever pro finish at Walmart NW Arkansas.
Fresh off regional win, USC looking for strong finish.
Trojans are seeking 15th straight trip to NC
THIS SEASON: Sophomore Candie Kung returns as USC's top golfer after earning All-American first team honors last season. Already the defending Pac-10 Individual Champion, she has a good shot at claiming USC's second individual NCAA title at season's end.
FALL RESULTS: Kung has picked up where she left off last season, finishing in the top five in every fall tournament and lowering her stroke average down to 72.1 ... She had three fourth place finishes and one third place ... Shot team-low rounds of 67 at the Stanford Women's Intercollegiate and the Golf World Invitational ... Shot 213 at the Golf World, which is tied for her second-lowest career performance ... Has been very consistent, not shooting higher than 75 in any round this past fall.
Candie Kung in the Fall of 2000:
NCAA Fall Preview 75-73--148 (4th tie)
Edean Ihlanfeldt 73-71-74--218 (3rd tie)
Stanford Intercollegiate 74-67-74--215 (4th)
Golf World Invitational 72-67-74--213 (4th tie)
1999-00: Kung had a tremendous impact on the world of women's collegiate golf as just a true freshman in 1999-2000, winning the Pac-10 individual title and setting Women of Troy records for lowest round (65) and season stroke average (72.6) ... Tallied eight top 10 finishes and seven top 5 finishes ... Her 214 at the Oregon State Preview was the lowest 54-hole debut in USC history ... Won Pac-10 medalist honors (her first career tourney win), edging out teammate Mikaela Parmlid in a dramatic playoff ... Finished second at the NCAA West Regional, where she shot a career-low 211, including 65 in the second round ... Finished tied for 13th at the NCAAs ... Named All-American first team (the fourth USC woman to be so honored) and All-Pac-10 first team.
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Fountain Valley High in Fountain Valley, Calif. ... Was the 1999 AJGA Girls Player of the Year and the top ranked amateur female as well as an AJGA Polo Golf Junior All-American ... Won five tournaments in 1999, including the MCI Junior Heritage, the Taylor Made Woodlands (where she shot a career-low round of 67) and the Hargray Jr. Classic ... Qualified for the 1999 U.S. Women's Open ... won three major tournaments in 1998, including the Independent Insurance AJC, the Women's Western Junior and the Doral Publix Junior ... Was also the 1998 CIF Champion and a 1998 AJGA first-team All-American ... Competed for the West squad at the 1998 Canon Cup ... Was a 1997 first-team Rolex Junior All-American ... Named to the 1997 West Canon Cup Team.
LINKS: Born on Aug. 8, 1981, in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, Candie is undecided in her choice of major at USC. Her full name is Candie I-Ping Kung.
Candie Kung's Career Highlights
Lowest 54-Hole Score: 211
Lowest Round: 65
Top 10 Finishes: 12
Top 5 Finishes: 11
Rounds in 60s: 5
Most thrilling moment in sports--"Playing with Annika Sorenstam at the 1999 Women's Open Championship practice round."
Toughest player I've played against--"Everyone who I've played with before, because they all played really well when they played me."
Why I chose to attend USC--"It has great coaches, it's close to home and there is perfect weather for golf all year long."
Andrea Gaston on Candie Kung: "Candie thrives under pressure. She's all business out there. She's very prepared and organized and leaves nothing to chance. For such a young player, she is most impressive. She is also a great leader."