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    Sophia Popov
    Sophia Popov

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Weingarten, Germany

    High School:
    European School Karlsruhe

    Height:
    5-6

    10/29/2013

    Popov and Virjee Named USC Student-Athletes of the Week

    Sophia Popov is this week's Women's Student-Athlete of the Week, while Connor Virjee of men's water polo takes home the men's weekly honor.

    10/29/2013

    Popov and Virjee Named USC Student-Athletes of the Week

    Sophia Popov is this week's Women's Student-Athlete of the Week, while Connor Virjee of men's water polo takes home the men's weekly honor.

    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.

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    THIS SEASON: Sophia Popov, a 2014 senior and USC's school-record holder for rounds in the 60s who also shares the mark for most wins in school history, is a three-time All-American looking to become only Troy's second four-time selection ever ... She got off her senior campaign to a strong start with a tie for second at the Stanford Intercollegiate at 6-under 207 (66-67-74), a tie for third at the Pac-12 Preview at 6-under 213 (70-72-71) and a tie for 17th at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview at 5-over 215 (73-74-68).

    2012-2013: Popov earned her second WGCA All-American and All-Pac-12 first team honors as a 2013 junior after playing an integral role in USC's NCAA title run. She finished second on the team in stroke average at 72.25 (ninth best in school history) and also had seven top 10 finishes, including six of her final seven starts. She won her USC-record-tying fifth career title at the SDSU Farms Invitational at 1-over 217 (74-69-74), finished second at both the Pac-12 Championships and the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, tied for fifth at the Liz Murphey Fall Preview and tied for sixth at the NCAA Championships ... At the Pac-12s, Popov battled teammate Annie Park for first before finishing second at 5-under 211 (66-75-70). She posted a 2-under 142 (70-72) at the rain-shortened Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate and played strong throughout the NCAA Championships, finishing at 1-over 289 (71-70-74-74) ... Popov earned 2013 WGCA All-American Scholar and 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic second team honors ... During the fall of 2012, she led Germany to second place at the 2012 Women's World Amateur Team Championship at the end of September in Antalya, Turkey. Popov led Germany to a combined 10-under during four rounds of play, three back of first-place Korea. Popov, in fact, led the German team at 6-under 282 (72-70-72-68), good for sixth place.

    2011-2012: Popov earned NGCA All-American honors (honorable mention) for the second year in a row as a 2012 sophomore. Ranked in the top 15 much of the year, Popov finished with a pair of top 2 finishes (including one win), five in the top 8 and six in the top 16. Her four rounds in the 60s tied for team high and gave her 11 for her career, four shy of the school record and one shy of fourth place. She opened the year with a tie for eighth at the Mason Rudolph at 2-over 218 (72-72-74) but was injured in USC's second event, ending her fall campaign. She regained her form in the spring, taking second at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and winning the rain-shortened Battle at Rancho Bernardo with a 2-under 142 (71-71). At the Pac-12 Championships, she tied for fifth at 4-over 220 (79-69-72). Popov, a 2012 All-Pac-12 second team selection, finished third on the team in stroke average (73.57). Her win at Rancho Bernardo was the fourth of her career, one off of USC's career record (held by Irene Cho).

    2010-2011: Popov earned NGCA and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and NGCA All-American and All-Pac-10- first team honors in 2011 and was ranked as high as No. 3 by Golfweek.com in one of the top debuts ever for a Trojan ... She led USC with seven rounds in the 60s, one off the school season-record, and her 72.16 stroke average was seventh-best in school history ... She won three events last year, part of a string of eight straight top 7 finishes, including the Pac-10 title, claimed in a one-hole playoff after a 6-under 210 (69-71-70) performance. Her first title of the year came at the Pac-10/SEC Challenge when she fired a 6-under 207 (72-68-67). She complemented the win with a title at the PING/ASU Invitational with a 5-under 211 (69-71-71) ... Popov's string of top 8 finishes began with a fifth-place finish at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at 2-under 214 (68-74-72). After her Pac-10/SEC win, she posted a tie for seventh at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at 8-over 221 (74-74-73) and another tie for seventh at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational at 1-under 215 (74-72-69). She then tied for fifth at the Battle at Rancho Bernardo with a 3-over 219 (74-73-72) before the PING/ASU win. At the NCAA West Regionals, she was third at 1-under 215 (69-73-73). She tied for 26th at the NCAA Championships, ending the streak ... Popov had a busy and fruitful off-season, mainly competing throughout Europe. She made the cut at the British Open with a 36-hole 145 (70-75) and finished 67th overall. She was 15th at the International European Ladies Amateur Championship, where she was the defending champion, and helped Germany to third place at the European Ladies Team Championships, going 4-2. She also went 3-1 to lead Team Europe to victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the Vagliano Trophy. She made it to the round of 16 at the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship and qualified for the match-play at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Popov, who attended European School Karlsruhe, is a German national team member who represented Germany at the Junior Solheim Cup in 2009 as well as at the 2009 European Girls' Team Championships. Popov, ranked first among German juniors, won the 2010 International European Ladies Amateur Championship, the 2008 German Championship Girls 16 and under and was second in both the 2008 German Ladies Championship and the German Girls and Boys International Championship. She was fourth at the 2008 Skandia Girls in Sweden and tied for fifth in stroke play at the 2008 Girls British Open Amateur Championship (she was a quarterfinalist in match play) and was 16th there in 2007.

    PERSONAL: Popov's brother, Nicholas, is a swimmer at Arizona. Her mother, Claudia, was a top swimmer at Stanford while her father, Philip Popov, was a first division field hockey player ... Popov was an accomplished amateur tennis player and swimmer in Germany before deciding to focus on golf ... In the winter of 2012, Popov was among three USC student-athletes who represented the Trojans at the Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education conference, designed to promote student-athlete health and wellness ... She is a communications major.

    CAREER NOTES

    Lowest 54-Hole Score: 207 (2013 Stanford Intercollegiate, 2010 Pac-10/SEC Challenge)

    Lowest Round: 66 (2013 Stanford Intercollegiate)

    Round in the 60s: 19

    Highest Finish: 1st (five times)

    GET TO KNOW ME:

    Who is your favorite professional athlete and why?
    Tiger Woods, because he possesses the perfect combination of physical and mental strength to be a successful golfer.

    If you could play with any 3 people in the history of the world, who would it be?
    Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Novak Djokovic.

    Why did you choose to come to USC?
    There is a perfect balance of good academics and a great golf team.

    What is your favorite golf course?
    Torrey Pines

    What is your favorite band or musical artist?
    Coldplay

    What is your favorite USC home golf course?
    L.A. CC.

    What is your greatest golf memory?
    Winning the European Championships by holing a 50-footer.

    What is your favorite type of food?
    Traditional German dishes (Schnitzel).

    What do you like to do when you're not playing golf?
    I like to ski, play soccer and tennis, go running and hang out.

    Tell us something about yourself that people don't likely know about you.
    I am bilingual (German and English). I have dual citinzenship because I was born in the U.S., but lived in Germany almost my whole life.