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    Kyung Kim
    Kyung Kim

    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Chandler, Ariz.

    High School:
    Hamilton

    Height:
    5-4

    Birthdate:
    04/02/1994

    @KyungKimUSC

    THIS SEASON: Kyung Kim, a 2013 All-American first teamer, is one of the top golfers in the country and an up-and-coming leader on the Trojan squad as a 2014 sophomore ... Kim got off to a hot start in the 2013 fall season, posting a pair of top 2 finishes and two others in the top 25. She won the season-opening Dale McNamara Fall Preview at 6-under 204 (69-69-66) and backed it up with a tie for second at the Windy City Collegiate Championship at 3-under 210 (69-68-73). She was the first Trojan to post three rounds in the 60s in an event since 2007 and the first Trojan to ever string together five straight rounds in the 60s. Her 204 at the Fall Preview was also tied for second lowest in school history. She was named Pac-12 Women's Golfer of the Month for September for her efforts in the season's first two events.

    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 (twice)
    Rounds in the 60s: 11

    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.