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Maria Martinez
Maria Martinez

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Maracaibo, Venezuela

High School:
Mater Salvatoris

Birthdate:
01/28/1984

Senior (2005 Fall)
Named to Golf World Midseason All-America team ... Concluded the fall season with a 71.58 stroke average, which leads the SEC ... Won the Derby Invitational by nine strokes with a three-day total of 7-under, 69-72-68--209 ... Named Golfweek Player of the Week following her win in the Derby ... Tied for fifth at Lady Tar Heel Invitational with a four-day total of 71-70-75--216 ... Finished in tie for second at Mason Rudolph Championship carding a 69-73-71--213 ... Tied for 15th at Cougar Classic with a 74-75-72--221 ... Finished second in U.S. Amateur to Morgan Pressel during summer of 2005.

Junior (2004-2005)
Second Team All-American and First Team All-SEC team member ... Finished 4th in the 2004 World amateur ... Has a 74.45 stroke average for the season ... Sank long birdie putt on second hole of the playoff with Georgia to secure the SEC title ... Tied for team-best three-day score at SECs with 74-75-77--226, good enough for a sixth-place tie on the tournament leaderboard ... Scored a three-day total of 75-75-74--218 and finished in a three-way tie for sixth place at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic ... Finished the fall with the SEC's lowest stroke average of 71.88 over three tournaments ... Notched her first career collegiate individual championship at the Franklin Street Partners Invite with her three-day total of 72-69-71--212 ... Named Golf World Golfer of the Week and SEC Co-Player following her performance at the Franklin Street Partners Invite ... Carded a season-low tie at the Bryan National Collegiate with a team-best 74-73-77--224 ... Finished fourth at the 2004 World Amateur Championships.

Sophomore (2003-04)
Had a 75.07 stroke average ... finished in a fourth place tie at the SEC Championship after scoring a 72-75-71--218 ... finished in 46th place after carding a 79-76-79--234 at the NCAA East Regional ... scored a 75-75-78--228 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic to finish in a tie for 30th ... fired an 81 at the Lady Gators at Howey-in-the-Hills and tied for 13th ... finished in 9th place at the Lady Gators Invitational with a 75-77-72--224 ... tied for 16th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic with a 73-74-76--223 ... tied for seventh in the SEC-ACC Challenge with a 68-74--142 ... ... tied for 12th in the Mason Rudolph Championship with a 72-73-73--218 ... tied for 15th in the Fall Preview with a 74-70-75--219 ... tied for 34th with an 81-81-77--239 in the Franklin Street Partners Invitational.

Freshman (2002-03)
Earned All-SEC second-team honors with a 76.10 stroke average ... best finish came in a tie for fifth in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate with a 74-73-74--221 ... tied for eighth in the SEC Championship with a 76-72-76--224 ... tied for 20th in the ACC/SEC Challenge with a 74-79-72--225 ... shot a final round 6-under 66 after a pair of 77s to tie for 22nd in the NCAA East Regional ... tied for 25th in the Liz Murphey Collegiate with a 73-76-76--225 ... tied for 34th in The Derby Invitational with a 73-76-79--228 ... tied for 41st in the Fall Preview with a 79-77-75--231 ... 23 of 28 rounds played counted (.821) ... reached the U.S. Women's Amateur second round after defeating teen phenom Michelle Wie 1-up at the Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, Pa.

Prep & Junior
2002 United States Women's Amateur Semifinalist in Scarsborough, N.Y. ... four-time South American Junior Champion in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2002 ... two-time Venezuelan Amateur Champion in 1999 and 2000 ... Venezuelan Junior Champion ... British Junior Open runner-up at St. Andrew's in Scotland ... Dural Publix Junior Champion ... Optimist International Junior Golf Champion in 2000.

Personal
Full name is Maria Eugenia Martinez ... born January 28, 1984, in Caracas, Venezuela ... daughter of Julio and Maria Eugenia ... one brother, Julio Cesar (10)... dream golf course is Pebble Beach ... favorite athlete is Tiger Woods ... fifth place honor roll participant as a junior and senior in high school ... performed many activities for charity ... also enjoys listening to music, working out, dancing and ready, especially philosophy.