Jennifer Song finished first in USC's first two tournaments in the fall of her sophomore season, claiming the Mason Rudolph Championship and the Stanford Intercollegiate. She also received an LPGA Tour playing exemption into the Hana Bank - KOLON Championship in Incheon, South Korea at the end of October ... She entered the fall season on a huge roll after becoming the first woman in 21 years -- and only the second woman ever -- to win two U.S. Golf Association championships in the same season. Song first won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in June and followed it with a title at the U.S. Women's Amateur in August. She was also the low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Women's Open.
SUMMER OF 2009: Song became the first woman in 21 years -- and only the second woman ever -- to win two U.S. Golf Association championships in the same season. She first won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in June and followed it with a title at the U.S. Women's Amateur in August. She was also the low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Women's Open. At the 2009 U.S. Women's Public Links Championship, she defeated Kimberly Kim, 7 and 6, in the 36-hole final round ... At the 2009 U.S. Open, Song was the high amateur finisher, tying for 13th at at 7-over 291 (72-74-73-72) ... Song was again low amateur at the Futures Tour's 2009 ING New England Golf Classic, where she tied for eighth at 3-under 207 (70-70-67).
2008-2009 As a freshman who was one of the top international amateur players to join the NCAA ranks in 2009, Song broke onto the collegiate scene in a tremendous way last year with eight top 10 finishes in 10 starts and earning National Golf Coaches Association All-American first team and Freshman of the Year honors ... The No. 3-ranked individual player in the country, she earned 2009 All-Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-10 first team honors after reaching a three-way playoff at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships (which she lost on the first hole) ... Song made her first splash by tying for ninth in her USC debut at the 2009 Fall Preview with a 2-over 218 effort. She followed that with a tie for third at the Mason Rudolph at 6-under 210 (71-68-71) and a tie for 14th at the Stanford Intercollegiate. She tied for second at the rainy and windy 2009 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (where all players were well-over par) and tied for seventh at the 2009 Arizona Wildcat Invitational at 1-over 217 (73-72-72) ... She posted a then-season-best second at the Ping/ASU Invitational with a 4-under 212 (70-74-68) and was second again at the 2009 NCAA West Regional Championship, where she finished at 9-under 207 (72-67-68). Her regional total 207 tied her for the fourth-lowest 54-hole score in school history ... At the NCAA Championships, Song led for much of the event but finished second at 2-over 290 (72-73-71-74) ... She led the team lead with seven rounds in the 60s (one off the school-season record of eight set by Irene Cho) and also broke the school record for season stroke average with a 71.55 (Cho held the previous mark at 72.06).
Song, who has dual citizenship between America and South Korea, attended Taejon Christian International School in Daejeon, Korea (a city two hours south of Seoul) ... She played on South Korea's National Team and was part of its second-place showing in the Hoshim Cup ... In 2008, before enrolling at USC, she was runner-up at the U.S. Women's Public Links Championship ... She also played in the 2008 U.S. Women's Open and in the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur ... She had a standout 2007 as an amateur. She tied for the low amateur at the 2007 Women's Open, was a quarterfinalist at the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur and finished 11th at the KB Star Tour Grand Final, a Korean LPGA tournament ... Song, who turned in numerous top 10 finishes at various amateur and junior competitions in 2005 and 2006, competed and qualified for match play at the 2007 U.S. Junior Girl's, competed at the 2006 Asia Pacific Junior Championship and the 2006 Korea Women's Open and tied for second at the 2006 Korean Women's Amateur ... She also played soccer for her high school team as a forward/striker.
PERSONAL: Song was born on Dec. 20, 1989 ... She is the daughter of Dr. Museok Song and Jeeyeon Koong. She is an Ann Arbor, Mich., native, but resides in Daejon, Korea.
* Most thrilling moment in sports: 1) winning, 2) walking down the 18th hole fairway knowing that you're the winner, 3) seeing the crowds, 4) just being able to compete makes me excited. * Biggest sports hero: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. * Dream Foursome: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa. * Favorite food: Korean. * My favorite thing about USC: The diversity of the team and the loving atmosphere that exists between each player and the coaches. * Post-college ambition: Become a Top 3 LPGA player and become the first woman to play in the Masters. * Biggest lesson golf has taught me: Golf has taught me to be a humble person and yet also taught me to be a person with no doubt. It allowed me to approach things with a more optimistic attitude.
CAREER NOTES Lowest 54-Hole Score: 205 Lowest Round: 66 Top 10 Finishes: 12 Highest Finish: 1st Rounds in 60s: 12