Popov, Park, Kim Earn WGCA All-American First Team Honors|
May 29, 2013
Junior Sophia Popov, sophomore Doris Chen, freshmen Annie Park and Kyung Kim - all of whom were instrumental in USC's NCAA Women's Golf national title last week -- were named All-Americans the Women's Golf Coaches Association announced Wednesday (May 29).
Park, Popov, and Kim all earned first team honors while Chen was tabbed second team. It is Popov's third All-American honor and second as a first teamer (2011). She was also honorable mention in 2012. Chen was a first teamer last year.
Park had already been named WGCA Player and Freshman of the Year after capping a dominant freshman season by winning the 2013 NCAA Women's Golf individual title by six strokes with a 10-under 278. The win was her fourth of the season (tying a USC season record) and followed titles at the NCAA West Regional and the Pac-12 Championships, making her just the second NCAA woman to sweep conference, regional and NCAA titles in the same season.
Park's stroke average of 71.36 broke USC's season record (71.55) and her four wins this season also tied a school record. An early enrollee who joined the Trojans in January, Park posted seven top 8 finishes and six in the top 3 in nine events. She finished the season with five rounds in the 60s and carded no worse than a 73 in her final 15 rounds and no worse than a 71 in any of her 10 postseason rounds.
Popov finished second on the team in stroke average at 72.25 (ninth best in school history) and also had seven top 10 finishes, including in six of her final seven starts. She won her USC-record-tying fifth career title at the SDSU Farms Invitational at 1-over 217, 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.
Kim 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. 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 and was the only Trojan to break 70 twice in the event.
Chen had four top 10 finishes and seven in the top 16. She finished a season-best tied for third at the Stanford Intercollegiate and tied for fourth at the SDSU Farms Invitational.
Junior Rachel Morris just missed earning All-American honors but polished off her best season as a Trojan with seven top 22 finishes in her final eight events, including three 10th-places in a row (one at the Pac-12 Championships) and a tie for 17th at the NCAA Championships.