Player: Cheng Jin
University: University of Southern California
Area of Study: Business Administration
Expected Graduation: 2020
Soldier Honored: Steven E. Shephard
THIS YEAR: Cheng Jin, the top-ranked amateur in China and among the top 20 amateurs in the world, is a 2017 USC freshman and will be a strong challenger for a starting role with the Trojans.
CHINA: Jin has been a mainstay of China's national team for a number of years with a seemingly career's worth of accomplishments to his credit. He played in The Master's in May of 2016 where, despite missing the cut, turned in many fine holes. He earned the prestigious opportunity by winning the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (he shot a course record 62 in the first round) ... Cheng has played as an amateur in multiple professional events in China, winning the PGA Tour China's 2014 Nine Dragons Open, becoming the first amateur ever to win a PGA Tour China event (he finished 10th at the event in 2015). He made the cut and tied for 54th at the European Tour's Maybank Championship Malaysia. In other PGA Tour China events, he was third in the 2014 Jianye Tianzhu Henan Open, tied for seventh at the 2015 Lanhai Open and at the 2015 Cadillac Championship and tied for 13th at the Pingan Bank Open. He also tied for sixth at the 2014 Western Junior Amateur Championship and tied for 12th at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Amateur ... He played for China at the 27-team 2015 Nomura Cup in Abu Dhabi, where he captured medalist honors.