Elite Trio Signs With Women's Golf
Nov. 23, 2009
Rachel Morris from Carlsbad, Calif., Sophia Popov from Weingarten, Germany, and Pearl Jin from Bradenton, Fla., who are all among the most accomplished prep amateurs in the world, have signed letters of intent with USC, head women's golf coach Andrea Gaston announced Monday (Nov. 23).
'This was a big recruiting year for us since we are losing three great seniors. I'm extremely excited about these three impact players that have chosen to join our world-class golf program,' Gaston said. 'Rachel, Sophia and Pearl are exemplary student-athletes who are outstanding on the course and in the classroom. They have chosen USC so they can compete with the best and continue our tradition of contending for national championships. They also want to be a part of a program that will build character and enhance their life skills to prepare them for life after college.'
Morris, who attends Carlsbad High, is a two-time HP Scholastic Junior All-American (2008, 2009) and a four-time Rolex Junior All-American (2006-09) who has won seven AJGA titles and has posted 27 AJGA top 10 finishes. She is a two-time Canon Cup West Team Member (2008-2009) who is ranked No. 4 in Polo Golf and No. 9 in Golfweek. She is a four-time CIF league champion (2006-09), a three-time CIF San Diego Section champion (2006-08) and was the 2006 CIF Southern California Regional champion. She has four top 13 finishes in the California CIF State Championships, including second place in 2009 and third in 2006. She was selected by the USGA for the 2008 China-USA Youth Team Golf Championship, a precursor to the 2008 Olympic Games, and carded the lowest round (69). The event was conducted by the USGA and the China Golf Association.
Popov, who attends European School Karlsruhe, is a German national team member who represented Germany at the Junior Solheim Cup in 2009 as well as at the 2009 European Girls' Team Championships. Popov, ranked third among German women's amateurs, won the German Championship Girls 16 and under in 2008 and was second in both the 2008 German Ladies Championship and the German Girls and Boys International Championship. She was fourth at the 2008 Skandia Girls in Sweden and tied for fifth in stroke play at the 2008 Girls British Open Amateur Championship (she was a quarterfinalist in match play) and was 16th there in 2007.
Jin, who attends the Bradenton (Fla.) Academy, was ranked No. 3 in Golfweek and No. 2 in Golf Scoreboard in 2008. She was the youngest player to qualify for match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur when she did it at 12 in 2007. She advanced to the second round of match play that year and repeated the feat in 2008. She has 56 titles on the Southern California PGA Junior Tour and won her age group in the 2007 Junior World Championship. She also won the AJGA Mayakoba Junior Golf Classic and was second at the AJGA Rolex Girls' Junior Championship.