TU's Lopez Porras to compete in 2012 World Amateur Team Championships

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Tulane Green Wave

Tulane’s Maribel Lopez Porras has received one of the top amateur golfing honors in her country as she was one of three golfers selected to represent Colombia at the 2012 World Amateur Championships, Sept. 23-26, at the Antalya Golf Club (Sultan Course) and the Cornelia Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey.

The World Amateur Team Championships are played every two years and was last played in Buenos Aries, Argentina in 2010.  The four-day event is organized by the Turkish Golf Federation and features many of the world’s leading amateurs.  A group of around 1,500 golfers will play 72 holes of stroke play.

‘This is as big as it gets when it comes to playing for your own country,” Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said.  “The World Amateur Team Championships would be just under the Olympics for amateur players. Maribel has worked so hard over the last three years and I am very happy for her. To be of one of three young ladies to represent your country in the World Amateur Team Championships is a great opportunity and an experience she will take with her forever. We will miss her for the one event but I know she will play great for Colombia and will be a great representative for Tulane Women's Golf.”

A rising senior from Bogota, Colombia, Porras will be joined by teammates Laura Blanco, who plays at Arizona State, and Alejandra Cangrejo, who is a member of the Duke squad, and only two scores will count each round. This event is perhaps one if not the most important tournament for amateurs, and most importantly for players of different ages which are not yet professionals or did not decide to follow that path.

“I am very excited not only because it will be my first time playing this huge tournament, but also because I have the opportunity to represent both Colombia and Tulane University on a different continent,” Porras said.

Porras has been one of Tulane’s most consistent golfers over the past three years.  She owns 25 rounds of par or better, including a career-low 4-under 68 during the second round of the Windy City Collegiate as a freshman, has posted eight top-10 finishes and five top-20 showings.

Porras captured her first collegiate individual medalist honor this past season at the 2012 Conference USA Championships.  She holds a career 74.94 scoring average through three seasons with the Green Wave.

A communication major, she is a two-time All-C-USA first team performer as a sophomore and junior and was the C-USA Golfer of the Year and honorable mention All-America pick as a sophomore in 2011.  She helped the Wave to an NCAA Championships appearance as a freshman and became the first Tulane player to represent the school as an individual at the 2011 NCAA Championships.