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Paula Kirner

  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Lorsch, Germany
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Lorsch, Germany

Paula Kirner Bio


  • SEC All-Freshman Team (2021)
  • SEC Freshman of the Week – March 10, 2021
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll (2021, 2022)
  • WGCA All-American Scholar (2021, 2022)


  • Saw action in six stroke play events, competing as an individual each time
  • Logged a season scoring average of 77.22 in 18 rounds played
  • Was subbed in for the third round of the 2022 NCAA Championship (May 22) at Grayhawk and shot 84 (+12)
  • Subbed in for the match play quarterfinals at the SEC Championship vs. No. 9 Alabama ; fell 3&1 to Benedetta Moresco as the Crimson Tide advanced with a 3-2 victory
  • Her lone start of the season came at the Wolfpack Match Play (April 3-4) where she went 2-1 and helped the team to a 3-0 record en route to its program-record fifth win of the season
  • Had a season-best finish at the Valspar Invitational (March 12-13) ; shot 148 (+4) with rounds of 75 (+3) and 73 (+1) while finishing T-10th, her first career top-10 finish


  • Earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team
  • Played in nine of the 10 tournaments the Gamecocks competed in
  • Posted a strong performance in the stroke play portion of the SEC Championship, carding an even par 72 in the first round and finishing with a 2-under 70 in the final round
  • Had her best performance as a Gamecock so far at the Valspar Augusta Invitational carding a 1-under 215, including her career-best second round, 4-under 68, to finish tied for 17th place
  • Named SEC Freshman of the Week after her performance at the Valspar Augusta Invitational
  • Competed at The Ally, notching the best round of her Carolina career to that point with a first round 1-under 71
  • Made her South Carolina debut at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational and found a groove as the tournament went on, finishing the event with five birdies in the final round to earn a tie for 31st place


  • Finished fifth at the Youth Olympic Games in 2018
  • Four-time German national champion
  • Took second at the International Amateur Championship in 2019
  • Finished third at the British Girls championship in 2017


  • Born May 5, 2002
  • Daughter of Maren and Michael Kirner
  • Her father worked as a tennis coach and her grandfather Anton was known for his tennis abilities and ski jumping
  • Chose South Carolina because the coaches and campus made a tremendous impression during her visit and she believes being a Gamecock will be a springboard to a successful life, both academically and athletically
Year Events Rounds Low 54 Low 18 Par/Better Top 5 Top 10 Top 20 Strokes Average
2020-21 9 26 215 68 8 3 1,931 74.27
2021-22 7 18 225 73 0 1 1 1,390 77.72
Total 16 44 215 68 8 1 4 3,321 75.48