Pac-10 Q&A with Jennifer Song, USC Women's Golfer

Jan. 29, 2010



Getting to Know Jennifer Song

Jennifer Song, of Seoul, Korea, is a sophomore golfer at USC. Song is off to a strong sophomore campaign, winning USC's first two tournaments in the fall. She received an LPGA Tour playing exemption into the Hana Bank-KOLON Championship in Incheon, South Korea this past October and most recently received an invitation to compete as an amateur in the LPGA's 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship in April. In the summer of 2009 Song became the first woman in 21 years, and only the second woman ever, to win two U.S. Golf Association championships in the same season. In the 2008-09 season Song had a tremendous freshman campaign with eight top 10 finishes in 10 starts earning her National Golf Coaches Association All-American first team and Freshman of the Year honors. As the No. 3-ranked individual player in the country, she earned 2009 All-Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-10 first team honors. Song, who attended Taejon Christian International School in Daejon, Korea, has dual American and South Korean citizenship and played on South Korea's National Team. She was a part of its second-place showing at the Hoshim Cup. Song also played in the 2008 U.S. Women's Open and the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur.   

Pac-10: What has been the best part of the 2009-10 golf season...
Jennifer Song: During 2009 I won two U.S. Golf Association championships and those were the best moments of my life. For 2010 I really want to work hard to win the NCAA team championship this spring.

Pac-10: What did being a part of the South Korean National Team teach you? Any skills that you learned from those experiences that you have brought to USC and the collegiate game...
JS: It really taught me to work as a team because golf is usually an individual sport. Even if I'm having an off day I try to shoot the best scores possible to help the team. I have learned to keep fighting, encourage my teammates and being there for them.

Pac-10: On my iPod is...
JS: I really like pop music like Chris Brown, Maroon 5 and the Black Eyed Peas. I also have a lot of Korean pop music. 

Pac-10: If I could trade places with a famous athlete or celebrity, it would be...
JS: It would have to be Jack Nicklaus. He has set records that no one has broken. He is very well respected with how he treats his family and everyone around him. He also has such skill and was so dominant on the course. I would like to be able to experience that. 

Pac-10: My favorite sporting events to watch growing up...
JS: I didn't watch alot of sports growing up, but when I did I really enjoyed tennis, especially watching Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras play. 

Pac-10: The talent I'd most like to have is...
JS: I really wish I had a great voice and could sing, because I would love to be on American Idol. 

Pac-10: My favorite memory as a Trojan is... 
JS: I have alot of great memories as a Trojan. I have enjoyed being a part of the golf team and getting to know my teammates. I also have really enjoyed attending the football games. I had never really been to a football game before coming here, and it is just really amazing and the atmosphere is great. Its really cool to see everyone come together at those events. 

Pac-10: The attribute I most like about myself is... 
JS: The attribute I like most about myself is that I am very disciplined. When I set a goal I will do everything in my power to make sure I succeed. Some people may see that as a weakness, because I am stubborn, but I think in the long run it is key to help me achieve my goals. 

Pac-10: My plans after college are... 
JS: I hope to go pro on the LPGA tour after college.

Pac-10: The best thing about being a part of the Trojan family is... 
JS: There are so many great things about being a Trojan. I have enjoyed getting to know my coaches, teammates and the faculty. I have learned that being a Trojan is very special and there is a strong sense of family even after you leave here because of all the alumni connections. 

Pac-10: The sport I'm the worst at is...
JS: Swimming. I just never did that very often growing up, although I usually pick up sports pretty quickly.

Pac-10: What other sports other than golf did you play growing up...
JS: I played tennis, soccer, volleyball and basketball.

Pac-10: Something about me that others would be surprised to hear is...
JS: I am very unique. On the golf course I don't speak very much because I am very focused. But off the course I am very silly. 

Pac-10: The best advice I've received was... 
JS: My Dad has given me the best advice and I try to follow everyday. He said that you need to be happy with what you are doing. You need to love what you do and do what you love. I really took that to heart.

Pac-10: What do you miss most about your hometown...
JS: I definitely miss my Mom's food. When I was back home in Korea after a hard practice I would come home and my Mom would have really good food waiting for me. I really miss being around my family, but Coach Gaston and my other teammates have really been very supportive. We are like our own family. 


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