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Maria Juliana Loza
Year: Senior
Hometown: Bucaramanga, Colombia
High School: Aspaen Gimnasio Cantillana
Experience: 2 Letters
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CAREER
Three-time NGCA All-American Scholar...2011 NCAA All-Central Regional...two-time All-Southern Conference performer...Dean's List and Athletic Director Honor Roll every semester with just one B on her academic ledger and a 3.97 GPA after her senior year in a very demanding discipline (mechanical engineering)...2012 Dayle May Award winner (top senior student-athlete)...first Mocs golfer to record top 10 finish in NCAA postseason play tying for eighth at 2011 NCAA Central Regional losing in a playoff for final individual spot into NCAA Championship field...will be forever remembered in Chattanooga golf lore for recording four birdies in six holes (finishing with three straight) to get into that playoff...has helped lead UTC to four consecutive postseason appearances as a team - including a spot in the 2009 finals field - and was integral in winning back-to-back-to-back SoCon titles (2010, 2011, 2012) with three top five finishes in the events...counted in 104 of 120 career rounds.

2011-12
Played in nine of 10 events...NGCA All-American Scholar...Dayle May Award winner...wound up third in stroke average (77.67)...battled injuries through the fall slate that made her miss just the second tournament of her career (Tar Heel Invite)...finished third at SoCon Championship...tied for 19th at NCAA East Regional with a season-best 221 (+5)...tied for 15th at Knights & Pirates Invite...low round of 72 (E) came in the opening round of the Knight & Pirates Invite and second round of NCAA East Regional...35 total birdies and 292 pars...her 10.81 pars per round led the squad as did her 3.25 average on par threes...40 pars in the SoCon Championship was team-best total for the season...three times recorded 14 pars including the first and final rounds at the SoCon...high of four birdies in the opening round of the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational...eight birdies over 54 holes at NCAA East Regional was her best total...played par or better on 67.3 percent of her holes...counted in 24 of 27 rounds...Dean’s List, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Academic All-SoCon and SoCon Honor Roll.

2010-11
Averaged 76.11 strokes per round... NGCA All-American Scholar...All-SoCon for second straight year......Commissioner's Medal, Academic All-Conference, Dean's List and Honor Roll...four top 10s including her last three events...tied for eighth at NCAA Central Regional losing on first playoff hole to advance to NCAA Championship making all-tourney team...birdies last three holes and four of last six to get to playoff at seven over (223)...tied for fifth at SoCon Championship firing an even-par 72 in the final round...five par or better rounds for the season, 12 career...was sixth at JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational with a three-over par 219...had two level par 72's in the event...tied career-low round with a 69 (-3) during the second round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship...it included four birdies, 13 pars and one lone bogey...best finish was second at JU Labor Day Shootout (27 holes)...best 54-hole total was 218 (+2) tying for 15th at Mercedes-Benz Women's Championship...four birdies (Mercedes-Benz 2/SoCon 3/NCAA Central 3) and 15 pars (Mercedes-Benz Final/NCAA Central 1) were season highs in a round... twice recorded 40 or more pars with a team-high of 41 at Mercedes-Benz...had 40 in the win at JMU/Eagle Landing Invite playing 46 of 54 holes at par or better...team-low six bogeys at Mercedes-Benz (47 of 54 holes par/better)...six total birdies is a tournament high coming four times (Golfweek Conference Challenge/Mercedes-Benz/JMU Eagle Landing/SoCon)...played 71.0 percent of her holes par or better for the season with 13 rounds of 15 or more par/better holes...team counter in 25 of 29 rounds.

2009-10
All-Southern Conference performer...NGCA All-America Scholar...Commissioner's Medal, Academic All-Conference, Dean's List and Honor Roll...one of 13 UTC student-athletes (69 in SoCon) to record a 4.0 GPA for the year...one of two golfers (Emma de Groot) to count in every round during the season...low score of 69 (-3) came in second round of JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational - where she finished tied for seventh - posting four birdies, 13 pars and just one bogey...carded four birdies in a round three times and had 12 or more pars 13 times with a high of 15 in the first round of the SoCon Championship...best result was fourth place in the SoCon Championship where she keyed a final nine comeback from five strokes down shooting three-under par down the stretch...beat 13 top 10 golfers (5 in top 50) finishing tied for 23rd at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational...went 1-1-1 in the Hooters Collegiate Match Play shooting two-under par in her lone loss...played two tournaments recording zero scores higher than a bogey (Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invite, NCAA East Regional)...second on the team in pars (342) and scores higher than bogey (17).

2008-09
Named to the 2009 SoCon All-Freshman team ...tied Emma de Groot for the second lowest final round (79) in harsh wind conditions at the NCAA Central Regional in helping lead the team to the NCAA Finals...finished in the top 20 (t18) in her first collegiate event...solid at Mercedes-Benz finishing T36 at 225 (+9)...top Mocs finisher at Derby tied for 24th...tied for 17th in Lady Mocs Intercollegiate...lone top 10 is sixth (+3) at JMU/Eagle landing Invitational...tied for second on the squad with five par or better rounds...score counted in 24 of 35 rounds.

COLOMBIA
Helped lead Colombia to 2008 South American Junior Championship...finished third in medal play at 2008 Colombia Amateur and second in the 50th Bucaramanga International Open in 2008...made it through the first round of qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Women's Open... won an interesting event sponsored by FORE at Ruitoque Golf Club in her native Colombia in 2009...FORE is the foundation started by former UCLA golfer Maria Jose Uribe who turned pro after the 2009 NCAA Finals...the two-day tournament was played over 36 holes, but it only allowed an 18-hole score as the best result of the two days on each individual hole counted as Maju's 69 won the event...finished second in the 2009 Bucaramanga Open shooting the event's low round of 68...finished fourth in the 2009 Colombian Women's Amateur after leading through 18 holes.

PERSONAL
Born March 31, 1990 in Bucaramanga, Colombia...daughter of Monica Ortiz and Jorge Loza...has a younger sister, Isabella...full name is Maria Juliana Loza, nickname is Maju (MAH-who)...majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

CAREER STATS

Year

Rounds

Avg

60's

Par/Better

Top 10's

Best 54-hole

2008-09

35

78.34

0

5

1

219 (+3)

2009-10

31

76.45

1

2

2

224 (+8)

2010-11

27

76.11

1

5

4

218 (+2)

2011-12

27

77.67

0

2

1

221 (+5)

Totals

120

77.20

2

14

8

218 (+2)

CAREER HIGHS
Finish: 3rd, 2012 SoCon Championship (36 holes or more)
Totals:
54-Hole: 218 (+3), 2010 Mercedes-Benz Women's Championship
36-Hole: 145 (+1), 2010 Mercedes-Benz Women's Championship
18-Hole: 69 (-3), 2010 JMU Eagle Landing Invite & 2010 Mercedes-Benz Women's Champ.
Rounds:
1st: 72 (E), 4 times (MR: 2012 Knights & Pirates Invite)
2nd: 69 (-3), 2010 JMU Eagle Landing Invite & 2010 Mercedes-Benz Women's Champ.
3rd: 71 (-1), 2009 Mercedes-Benz Women's Champ.

 

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