Who Is Maria Jose Uribe?

June 26, 2008

Amateur golfer Maria Jose Uribe finished the day with a 4-under 69 in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open Thursday, and is in a three way tie for fourth. See photos and a biography of Maria below.

Uribe, who won the U.S. Women’s Amateur last year, played for the first time alongside her idol, Lorena Ochoa.

“I love to play with Lorena, it was a great experience for me. And it’s just simple, simple golf. Nothing different than a Saturday round with your folks at home.”

The two gabbed as if they were long lost friends while walking throughout the course. Uribe spoke of her freshman year at UCLA and Ochoa told her that she had watched her win at the U.S. Women’s Amateur last year. Ochoa even teased Uribe about speaking to her ball in Spanish, which is something she had done as well, but told her that eventually she’ll speak to it in English, just like Ochoa does now.

Uribe is tied for fourth along with Louise Friberg and Ji-Yai Shin.

As a biography, Maria Jose Uribe was born on February 27, 1990. She is 18 years old. Her hometown is Bucaramanga, Colombia. She started playing golf when she was nine years old but admittedly struggled the first couple years. By the time she was 13, her skills improved and she won the National Championship in Colombia. When she was 15 years old, she made it to the quarterfinals of the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur and decided that she wanted to move to the United States and play professionally.

In 2006, she tied for fifth place at the Rolex girls Junior Championship. She also competed in the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open, where she was tied for 81st. She signed a letter of intent with UCLA in November of 2006. She won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2007.

Uribe recently finished her freshman year at UCLA, where she is majoring in Psychology.

Click below for photos of Maria Jose Uribe.

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