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    Kyung Kim
    Kyung Kim

    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Chandler, Ariz.

    High School:
    Hamilton

    Height:
    5-4

    Birthdate:
    04/02/1994

    10/07/2013

    Kim and Rapsey Named USC Student-Athletes of the Week

    Kyung Kim of the women's golf team and Mace Rapsey of the men's water polo team represent this week's honorees.

    07/03/2013

    Four Trojans Earn WGCA All-American Scholar Honors

    Kyung Kim, Rachel Morris, Sophia Popov and Kim Santiago all represented the Trojans.

    04/22/2013

    No. 1 USC Opens Pac-12 Championships With 10-Stroke Lead

    Popov and Park finish 1-2 after 18 holes.

    04/19/2013

    No. 1 USC Set For Pac-12 Championships

    Trojans looking for fifth conference crown and fifth win this season.

    04/14/2013

    Popov, Morris Tie For 10th To Lead No. 1 USC At PING/ASU Invitational

    Trojans tie for fifth, their three-event win streak snapped.

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    THIS SEASON: Kyung Kim, a 2013 and 2014 All-American first teamer, returns one of the top golfers in the country as a 2015 junior and will look to help USC make another NCAA title run.

    CAREER: Kim begins her junior year second on USC's career chart in rounds in the 60s (17) to go with three career wins (tied for sixth) ... She is one of only eight Trojans (including senior teammate Doris Chen) ever to earn two All-American first team honors. No Trojan has done it three times.

    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.

    CAREER NOTES
    Lowest 54-Hole Score: 204 (Dale McNamara Fall Preview)
    Lowest Round: 63 (NCAA West Regional (Stanford G.C.)
    Highest Finish: 1st (three times)
    Rounds in the 60s: 17

    GET TO KNOW ME:

    Who is your favorite professional athlete and why?
    Annika Sorenstam. She has been my role model since I started playing golf. Her golf game and demeanor off and on the course is very inspiring.

    If you could play with any 3 people in the history of the world, who would it be?
    Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, and Roger Federer.

    Why did you choose to come to USC?
    I chose USC because of the family like environment within the school and the great team chemistry. USC offers the best academic and athletic services along with a great support network from the Trojan family. After taking my unofficial visits, I was convinced that USC would help me pursue my goals as a student athlete and have memorable experiences throughout my college career.

    What is your favorite golf course?
    Wailea Emerald in Maui, Hawaii.

    What is your favorite band or musical artist?
    One Direction.

    What is your favorite USC home golf course?
    Trump National.

    What is your greatest golf memory?
    Winning my first big tournament, the USGA Women's Amateur Public Links.

    What is your favorite type of food?
    Korean.

    What do you like to do when you're not playing golf?
    Hanging out with friends and family.

    Tell us something about yourself that people don't likely know about you.
    The number 4 is my lucky number along with the color green, so I only play golf balls with the number 4 on them and mark my golf balls with a green flower.