Kim, Park Named To Prestigious U.S. Curtis Cup Team|
Sophomores Annie Park and Kyung Kim, 2013 All-American first teamers and mainstays on the top-ranked USC women's golf team, are among eight players who were selected to represent the U.S. in the prestigious 2014 Curtis Cup Match, scheduled for June 6-8 at the St. Louis (Mo.) C.C. , the USGA announced today.
The Curtis Cup Match is a biennial international women's amateur golf competition between eight-player teams from the U.S. and Great Britain and Ireland.
"I am tremendously proud of both Annie and Kyung," USC 18th-year Coach Andrea Gaston said. "Representing the U.S. in the Curtis Cup is a special honor which both richly deserve. They were integral parts of our NCAA title last year and have maintained their high levels of play this season. I have no doubt that they will represent USC and the U.S. very well this June."
Park, in 2013, became the seventh freshman to claim the NCAA individual title and only the second woman in NCAA history to sweep the conference, regional and national titles. Park, the 2013 WGCA and Pac-12 Golfer of the Year, reached the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur and has competed in two U.S. Women's Opens. Earlier this week, she accepted an invitation to play in the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship in April.
Park has followed her brilliant freshman season with a strong first half to her sophomore season. She has already broken the school season record for rounds in the 60s with nine (in 20 rounds) and leads the Trojans with a stroke average of 70.50, almost a full stroke better than the school-record she set last year. Her five career wins are tied for most in school history and her 14 rounds in the 60s are third on USC's career list. She has posted top 8 finishes in her last five events.
"I am honored to be selected to the Curtis Cup team and to get the chance to play with this great group of players," Park said. "It's always special to represent your country and I'm sure the experience will be tremendous."
Kim, like Park, a 2013 All-Pac-12 first teamer, won the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and has competed in the past three U.S. Women's Open Championships.
She won her third career collegiate title in USC's most recent event, claiming the Bruin Wave Invitational while helping the Trojans to their sixth team win of the season. She is second on the team with seven rounds in the 60s this year and has 13 for her career, fifth best on USC's career list. She is also second on the team in stroke average (71.00), which is also under Park's school record set last year. She has six top 13 finishes this year, including four in the top 8.
"Making the Curtis Cup team is like a dream come true," Kim said. "I'm very honored to have the opportunity to represent my country and I am definitely looking forward to playing in this event."
USC junior Doris Chen, a two-time All-American, was one of two alternates selected. She has a pair of top 2 finishes this season, three in the top 9 and four in the top 13.
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The USC women's golf team retained the top spot in the latest Golf World/WGCA women's coaches' poll released earlier this week for the 13th time in a row, the longest such streak since the poll was resumed in 2001-02.
The Trojans, the defending NCAA champions who have won six of seven events this season including a stretch of five in a row to start the year, earned all 23 first-place votes. The last time they did not hold the top spot was in October of 2012. Duke held the previous longest streak at 11, from March 2003 to September of 2004.
Troy's six wins this year is one off the school record of seven set last year during USC's title-winning season, the third in program history. The Trojans have also won nine of their past 10 events, 12 of the past 14 and 13 of the past 16 dating back to last season.
USC returns to action March 24-26 at the SDSU Farms Invitational at the Farms C.C. in Rancho Santa Fe., Calif.