YORBA LINDA, Calif. (BVM) – Carson Kim may only be a senior in high school, but he already has the looks of a potential star pro athlete. Kim has been golfing since he was 7 years old, and continues to show flashes of brilliance while out on the course.
Currently, the Sunny Hills golfer is ranked No. 7 in the Rolex American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rankings. He has gotten there through plenty of hard work, reportedly practicing as much as 10 hours per day over the summer, and eight hours a day during the school year.
Thus far, the practice has paid off for the Yorba Linda golfer. This past year, he has put up some impressive rounds during AJGA action, finishing third in the Sergio and Angela Garcia Foundation Junior Championship in March, fourth in the Team TaylorMade Invitational in May and tied for fifth in the Wyndham Invitational in June. Most recently, Kim earned a couple of fourth-place finishes at the Jack Burke Jr. Invitational and the The Junior PLAYERS Championship.
In September, Kim also had the opportunity to play as part of the United States team in the Junior Presidents Cup hosted at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. The U.S. team ended up winning the event by a close 13-11 margin, and it was in large part thanks to a dazzling performance from Kim.
The junior golfer won all three matches he played in during the Junior Presidents Cup, including a 3&1 win in a four-ball match alongside Aaron Pounds of Texas, and another 3&1 victory in a foursomes match playing with Jackson Koivun of North Carolina. Then, in the head-to-head matches, Kim saved his best for last, defeating Rayhan Abdul of Indonesia 5&3.
Kim continues to showcase his talent, and soon, he will do so at the collegiate level with USC. The golfer committed to the Trojans in 2021, joining a school which had interest in him since he was 13 years old. At USC, Kim will play for J.T. Higgins, a longtime college golf coach who saw plenty of success in his 19 years at Texas A&M. Higgins joined the Trojans in 2020, leading his new team to the 2021 NCAA Tallahassee Regional in his first season in Southern California.
Kim will look to become the next star in a storied USC golf program that has produced four individual NCAA champions, 23 individual Pac-12 champions and over two dozen first-team All-Americans. The Yorba Linda golfer has the potential to shine for the Trojans, and it could very well be the springboard to competing at the pro level someday.
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