By Allen Moff | Staff writer
Taylor Kim has joined first-year head coach Greg Robertson's Kent State women's golf program as a transfer from the University of Texas.
"We're really looking forward to having Taylor with us for the next three years," Robertson said. "She's a quality player who we think can make an immediate impact on the team. She had a successful summer, ending it with a win a five-shot win at the Canada Games a week ago. If she continues that momentum into the fall season, it will be a real boost for the team."
A native of Surrey, British Columbia, Kim is a member of Team Canada's Development Squad along with Kent State junior star Jennifer Ha.
Earlier this month, Kim claimed medalist honors while leading British Columbia to the gold medal at the Canada Summer Games. She has several top 10 finishes this year, including a trio of third-place finishes at the CN Future Links Pacific Championship, B.C. Women's Amateur Championship and Canadian Junior Girls Championship.
Kim played two fall events during her freshman campaign a year ago for the Longhorns, averaging 77.33 strokes per round.
Kent State was selected to finish fourth in the conference according to the annual preseason poll of the league's six coaches, but are co-favorites to win the MAC Tournament along with Central Michigan.
Miami was chosen to win the regular season crown, followed by Ohio as both teams received two first-place votes. Central Michigan sits at third place in the preseason poll, followed by KSU, Missouri State and Ball State.
KSU and CMU both received two votes to win the MAC tourney.
KSU was picked to finish sixth in the MAC East Division according to the conference's preseason coaches poll.
Kent State compiled a 6-22 record a year ago in its first season under the leadership of head coach Don Gromola but returns 10 letterwinners, including five starters and a libero.
The Flashes open the 2013 season this weekend with three matches at the Indiana Invitational.