Four Trojans Earn WGCA All-American Scholar Honors|
July 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Four national champion USC women's golf student-athletes were named Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars for Division I, it was announced this week. Kyung Kim, Rachel Morris, Sophia Popov, and Kim Santiago were recipients of the honor, as they all boast cumulative GPAs higher than a 3.50.
Morris leads the way with an impressive 3.84 GPA as a business administration major. The rising senior earned First Team Pac-12 All-Academic honors following the 2013 season. Morris has now been named to the first team for two-straight seasons. She also earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention as she finished off her best season with the Trojans, finishing with seven top 22 finishes in her final eight events. She finished 10th at the Pac-12 Championships and tied for 17th at the NCAA Championships.
Popov, also a rising senior, boasts a 3.49 GPA as a communication major. She was a Second Team Pac-12 All-Academic selection in 2013. Popov also earned All-Pac-12 first team honors for her success on the course. 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 in six of her final seven starts. She won her USC record-tying fifth career title at the SDSU Farms Invitational.
Kim and Santiago, both freshmen in 2013, were unable to earn Pac-12 academic honors, but were named WGCA All-American Scholars for their success in the classroom. Kim is currently an undeclared major and Santiago is a computer science engineering major.
Kim was a key piece to the Trojans run to the national title, as she was the only Trojan to break 70 twice in the NCAA Championships, where she finished tied for sixth. Overall her stroke average of 72.55 was third-best on the team and tied for 11th in school history.