Pac-10 Q&A with Juliana Murcia, Arizona State Women's Golf

March 17, 2010


Getting to Know Arizona State's Juliana Murcia

Juliana Murcia is a senior women's golfer at Arizona State from Bogota, Colombia. Murcia played a large role in the Sun Devils' 2009 NCAA Championship run. For her efforts, Murcia garnered first team All-Pac-10 accolades. She is also a two-time first team Pac-10 All-Academic selection. In the fall 2009 season, Murcia placed second at the TOPY Cup in Japan, shooting a 4-under 212. At the Stanford Intercollegiate, she shot a 4-under 209 to finish tied for third. At the end of the fall she held a 70.89 stroke average and was ranked seventh in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and was ranked 16th in the Golf Stat Cup. Murcia will play a large role for the Sun Devils down the stretch as they make a strong push to repeat as NCAA Champions in 2010. 

Pac-10: What did you and your teammates learn from last year's run to the national championship and what have you been working on in order to repeat as national champions in 2010...
JM: We learned that you need to have five great players, not just four. The five players that travel must all be ready to work and contribute. I have personally learned that I must have more consistency in my game and especially improve on my short game. 

Pac-10: What is the biggest challenge facing this year's team...
JM: It is hard to have five freshmen coming in. It takes some time to understand how school and practice works, but they have been working hard and are getting the hang of it. 

Pac-10: On your iPod is...
JM: I have a lot of Colombian music and salsa, but I also really like John Mayer. 

Pac-10: If you could trade places with a celebrity or a famous person for a day it would be...
JM: I would love to trade place with Roger Federer. He has achieved everything in his sport and I really admire that. I also really enjoy tennis. 

Pac-10: Your favorite team to watch as a kid was....
JM: I really enjoyed watching World Cup soccer. I remember always watching it as a kid. 

Pac-10: The talent you would most like to have is...
JM: I would really like to be a dancer. I stopped dancing to focus on golf, but I used to do ballet and would love to get back into it. 

Pac-10: Your favorite memory as a Sun Devil is...
JM: My favorite memory would have to be last year at Nationals. I finished first, and it was really neat to see every girl finish as we were in first place. We had achieved our goal, which was so amazing. 

Pac-10: The attribute you like most about yourself...
JM: I am patient. I have given a lot to this sport, which takes a lot of dedication and patience to see all your hard work come together to achieve your goal. 

Pac-10: My plans after college....
JM: I am going to graduate in May. I plan to play amateur golf in the summer and then try to qualify for the LPGA or the European team. 

Pac-10: The best thing about going to Arizona State is....
JM: It is a big school and I like that it is so diverse and there are a lot of dif

ferent types of people. Many of my teammates are international, so we all try to help each other to succeed here in Tempe. 

Pac-10: The sport you are the worst at...
JM: That would have to be tennis. I love to watch it, but I am not a good player at all. 

Pac-10: What other sports did you play growing up?
JM: I played a bunch growing up. I was a swimmer, a gymnast and a runner, but I devoted most of my time to golf and ballet. 

Pac-10: Something others would be surprised to hear about you is...
JM: I am shy at first, but once I get to know people I get over my shyness quickly and get into my comfort zone. 

Pac-10: The best advice you've ever received was...
JM: I would have to say the best advice I have received was from my coaches at ASU. I was having a hard time as a freshman and they kept saying to have patience, because all of your hard work and practice will begin to show. They believed in me and in my game, and it was nice to have someone believe in me and push me because they knew what I could achieve. 

Pac-10: What do you miss most about home in Columbia...
JM: I miss my family a lot. I come from a very close family. I also miss the food. Its hard to get used to American food. 

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