As the off season keeps players from competing on the Road to the LPGA, SymetraTour.com is running a new feature to keep fans in touch with the future stars of women’s golf. This edition of Time to Meet… features Colombia native and two-year member Juliana Murcia Ortiz. The Arizona State alum recorded 12 top-10 finishes including one victory during her collegiate career and helped the Sun Devils win the 2009 NCAA Women’s Golf National Championship. Murcia Ortiz was also a standout in the classroom and won the MGCA Edith Cummings Munson Award in 2010 for being selected as both an NGCA All-American Scholar and NGCA All-American. She was a four-time All-American Scholar selection and was named First-Team All-American in 2010.
Murcia Ortiz made her Symetra Tour debut in 2011 and made 15 starts in her rookie season, making 10 cuts. She would post three top-20 finishes including a season-best T10 at the South Shore Championship. In 2012, the Colombian improved through her sophomore season and recorded three top-10 finishes with a career-best T4 at the Northeast Delta Dental International. She finished 29th on the money list ($17,788) and 10th on tour in putting average (29.75). See what television show she would like to be on, which tennis pro she admires and the thing she considers to be her most valuable possession.
Name: Juliana Murcia Ortiz
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If you could be on a show based only on your personality or interests, which one would it be and why?
Dancing with the Stars. I like to dance and would love to learn more.
If you could witness any event past present, or future, what would it be?
I would have liked to witness a Beatles concert in the 60’s.
What was the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Quitting ballet to give 100% to golf.
What’s your biggest fear?
Lose my family.
What’s the most pressure you’ve ever felt in tournament golf?
Last three holes of the NCAA championship in 2009 when we won.
Describe the best meal you’ve had while on the road and where you had it…
At Angelina’s in Concord, New Hampshire, I had seafood risotto.
What story does your family always tell about you?
When I was little I did not like getting dirty or falling.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Life makes you smarter, living makes you wiser”
If you had one last round of golf to play, who would make up your foursome?
My boyfriend, Luke Donald and Gary Player
Who do you admire and why?
I admire Roger Federer because he is elegant. He plays with great values and shows how I would like to be as an athlete.
Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter and why?
Facebook because I don’t have to talk about myself.
What is the most rewarding charitable thing you’ve done?
Sponsor a student to go to college.
What is your favorite sports team?
What is the top played song on your Ipod? Most frequently listened to artist?
Set Fire to the Rain by Adele
If a movie were filmed about your life, who would play you?
What is your favorite country to travel to?
Italy or Spain
If you could play one pro sport besides golf, what would it be?
First concert you ever went to…
What’s something you are looking forward to in the next year?
I went to Cartagina for the holidays
What do you consider to be the most valuable thing you own?
Jewelry that my parents have given me.
If you had one last practice round on the Symetra Tour, who would make up your foursome?
Eileen Vargas, Sara-Maude Juneau and Alejandra Llaneza