Women Of Troy Get Top International Commitments

Nov. 21, 2005

Talented junior golfers Belén Mozo of Cadiz, Spain, and Caroline Kim of Port Coquitlam, Canada, who have extensive international amateur level experience, have both signed commitments with USC, women's golf coach Andrea Gaston announced on Monday (Nov. 21).

Mozo and Kim both come with top credentials and are expected to make an immediate impact on next year's team.

Mozo is an accomplished junior amateur golfer who has experience competing in both Europe and the United States. She has been selected by the Spanish Golf Federation to compete in numerous team events; most notably, she was a part of the winning team at the 2005 European Ladies Team Championship hosted in Karlstad, Sweden, and the 2005 PING Junior Solheim Cup Team hosted in Carmel, Ind. In 2004, Mozo was invited to compete against other top-ranked juniors in the AJGA Thunderbird Invitational and won this most prestigious tournament in her first attempt. Moreover, Mozo recently finished first at the 2005 Junior International Championship of Spain.

Kim began playing golf only four years ago but has already accumulated an impressive golf résumé. Most notably, this season she qualified and competed in several prestigious junior amateur events, including the USGA Junior Girl's Amateur, the Junior World Championship, and the Canadian Women's Amateur. Kim was also selected by her Amateur Golf Federation to compete in the Junior America's Cup held in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the 2005 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship in Trinity, Texas.

'When I reflect on how exhausting this recruiting season has been I am extremely ecstatic about these two great student-athletes that have chosen to join our world-class golf program,' Gaston said. 'I am so blessed to be associated with an exemplary university that provides the resources needed to maintain a great balance of both academics and an extraordinary women's golf program. The student-athletes that choose to come and play for us not only want to compete with the best but also select our program for the character building and life skills that will help them become well rounded individuals.'

Said Kurt Schuette, USC Director of Golf: 'Coach Gaston did an excellent job in identifying and attracting two of the finest international competitors. Belén and Caroline's worldwide experience and success will be welcome additions and add championship caliber depth to an already talented young nucleus.

'I was very impressed with both of these recruits genuine excitement and passion for being part of something bigger and more challenging than individual goals. Both of these players are looking forward to being an integral part of our championship team standards as well as add to our tremendous school spirit, camaraderie and tradition. We look forward to welcoming Belén and Caroline to our team next season and for them to become part of our Trojan Golf Family.'

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