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Junior Stars Xin (Cindy) Kou and Joyce Jin Sign With USC

Nov 11, 2020

Five-time Rolex Junior All-American Xin (Cindy) Kou of Whittier, Calif., and 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur stroke play co-medalist and fellow Rolex Junior All-American Jiarui (Joyce) Jin of Encinitas, Calif., have signed National Letters of Intent with USC, Trojan Women's Golf Head Coach Justin Silverstein announced today.
 
Both Kou and Jin are originally from Beijing, China, the pair becoming close friends and rivals after moving to the U.S. as juniors. Jin is the younger sister of former Trojan men's golfer Cheng Jin.
 
"This program has a long history of recruiting the best talent from all over the world and Cindy and Joyce are no exception to that," Silverstein said. "Cindy's junior golf resume is one of the most impressive we have seen. Her 11 AJGA titles is testimony to her ability to play her best golf on its biggest stages.
 
"Joyce has been a long-time target of our program and we were thrilled that she made the decision to become part of the Trojan Family. I have known the Jin family dating back to my time on our men's staff here and coaching her brother, Cheng. The one trait that defines the Jin family is an incredible work ethic.
 
"We are very excited and eager for both Joyce and Cindy to get to campus in August and continue our legacy of freshmen helping us compete for Pac-12 and NCAA Championships."
 
Kou, a 2020 AJGA Rolex first teamer ranked third nationally, has won 11 career AJGA events, tied for seventh most all time among female golfers. That total includes victories this year at the AJGA Girls Invitational at Stanford (9-under 204) – her fourth win at the event – and the AJGA Longbow Golf Club Open (13-under 129). She was also seventh at The PING Invitational this year.
 
Jin has dominated the Southern California Junior PGA Tour since 2017, winning eight tournaments among 15 top 3 finishes, making the cut in all 27 tournaments she has played in.
 
Jin and Kou squared off in an epic dual at the 2019 ANA Inspiration Junior, finishing tied for first at 4-under 212 before playing a three-hole playoff that Kou won with a par on the final hole. Kou earned an exemption into the 2019 ANA Inspiration with her win.
 
Kou, who formerly attended the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., played in the 2019 Wyndam Cup, competing against current Trojans Alexa Melton and Brianna Navarrosa. Also in 2019, she took second at the Se Ri Pak Junior Championship, was sixth at the Thunderbird International Junior and seventh at the Swinging Skirts AJGA Invitational
 
Jin's 2019 was highlighted by her 6-under 138 to earn co-medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur. She also made match play at the 2019 U.S. Girls Junior, was third at the PING Heather Farr Classic and took 10th at the Thunderbird International Junior.