Chen, Kim Earn WGCA All-American First Team Honors
May 29, 2014
Junior Doris Chen, the individual winner at the 2014 NCAA Women's Golf Championships, and sophomore Kyung Kim were named All-American first teamers, sophomore Annie Park and freshman Karen Chung earned second team notice and senior Sophia Popov was tabbed an honorable mention pick as the Women's Golf Coach Association released its 2013-14 All-American teams Thursday (May 29).
The Trojans placed five golfers on the three All-American teams for just the second time in school history and for the first since 2008. Only one other school had as many as four.
Chen earned her third All-American honor and second as a first teamer (2012). Kim is now a two-time first team selection and joins Jennifer Song (2009-10), Candie Kung (2000-01) and Jennifer Rosales (1998-99) as the only Trojan women to earn first team status as both a freshman and a sophomore.
Kim and Chen join Song, Kung, Rosales as well as Popov, Lizette Salas and Mikaela Parlmlid as two-time All-American first teamers. No Trojan has ever earned first-team notice three times.
With her honorable mention honor this year, Popov becomes the second Trojan in program history to earn All-American honors four times. She earned first team honors in 2011 and 2013 and honorable mention honors this year and in 2012. She joins Salas as a four-time pick. Salas was a first teamer in 2009 and 2011 and was a second teamer in 2008 and 2012.
Park is a two-time pick after being a first team selection last year. Chung's second-team nod gives USC at least one All-American freshman for four years in a row and in seven of the past eight years.
Chung is also the Trojans' 25th different golfer to earn All-American status, 17 of which have played under USC 18th-year head coach Andrea Gaston.
Player summaries from 2014
* Chen, a 2014 Honda Sports Award finalist and an All-Pac-12 second team pick, posted career highs as a junior in stroke average (72.38), rounds in the 60s (six) and in rounds of par or better (16). She had three top 3 finishes in 2014 and four in the top 10. She is USC's fifth NCAA individual title winner.
* Kim, a 2014 All-Pac-12 team first team selection, broke USC's school record for rounds in the 60 this year with 11 and now has 17 for her career, second-most in program history. She also posted a career-best stroke average of 71.51, third-best in school history, and her 20 rounds of par or better were almost double her total from her freshman year. She won two events as a sophomore to give her three for her career and she had seven top 8 finishes with four in the top 4.
* Park, a 2014 Honda Sports Award finalist and an All-Pac-12 first teamer, led USC with a 71.50 stroke average, second best in school history behind her 71.36 as a freshman. Her 10 rounds in the 60s were second-most in school history and give her 15 for her career, tied for third most at USC. Her 21 rounds of par or better were a school-record and helped her to a team-best eight top 10 finishes, including five in the top 3. She won one event to give her five for her career, tied for the most ever as a Trojan.
* Chung, a 2014 All-Pac-12 second teamer, was fourth in stroke average as a freshman with a 72.59, among the top 20 in program history. She had five rounds in the 60s and 10 rounds of par or better. She won one event and had five top 11 finishes.
* Popov, a 2014 All-Pac-12 first team pick, finished her senior year as USC's career leader in rounds in the 60s with 22 after six this season. She had four top 10 finishes and six in the top 13 and had 14 rounds of par or better. Her 72.71 career stroke average is second-best at USC for a four-year player.