Kristen Park, the 2010 Rolex Junior Player of the Year and a five-time Rolex All-American from Buena Park, Calif., played for the Trojans during the fall of the 2011-12 season as a freshman. In the spring, however, she left the team to pursue a professional career.
Park, who attended Sunny Hills High in Fullerton, Calif., and played for the boys team, was selected to play in the 2011 Wyndham Cup in July, competing for the 11-woman west team. In 2010, she posted victories at three big events, claiming the Ping Invitational, the Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship. Her win at Ping featured a final-round 67 while her Under Armour title was secured with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Additionally in 2010, she helped the U.S. to a win at the Junior Ryder Cup and was a quarterfinalist at the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur. She was also fifth at the 2010 Junior PGA Championship and reached the round of 16 in the USGA Girls' Junior.
Park's overall major tournament experience is impressive. She played in the 2011 Kraft Nabisco and the 2008 and 2009 U.S. Women's Opens and played in both the U.S. Women's Amateur and the U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur from 2007-2010. She also has been part of four Canon Cup teams (2007-2010) and two Solheim junior teams (2007, 2009). She is unbeaten in all six of her Solheim matches. In 2007, before she entered high school, she had a coming out party in the junior golf world by winning the prestigious U.S. Girls Junior, becoming just the fourth youngest girl ever to do so. She also won the Kathy Whitworth Invitational and was the runner-up at the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions.