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Jimenez Ties for 12th at the 2014 World Amateur

Sep 8, 2014

By Lindsay Gaesser, SDA Media Relations

KARUIZAWA, Japan—In her first appearance at the World Amateur Championships, Arizona State senior Noemi Jimenez tied for 12th place in a field of 146 golfers at the 2014 World Amateur in Karuizawa, Japan.  Freshman Roberta Liti and former Sun Devil Laura Blanco tied for 40th and 65th place, respectively.   

“I am very proud of all three of them,” said ASU head coach Melissa Luellen.  “Noemi finishing top 12 in the world for her first appearance at the World Amateur is quite an accomplishment.”

Shooting a 9-under 279, Jimenez led her home country of Spain (-10), which placed 13th out of 50 countries.  Jimenez tied her career-low 66 in the second round, carding eight birdies, and was tied for second place individually.  Jimenez improved to 10-under in the third round, but dropped back to 9-under after shooting a 1-over 73 in the final round. 

Overall, Jimenez had a tremendous debut at the World Amateur Championships, carding 20 birdies, 41 pars, and only 11 bogeys. 

Liti, an incoming freshman from Siena, shot an even-par 288, tying for 40th.  Her home country of Italy took 15th place overall with a 6-under 570.  In her best round of the tournament, Liti shot a 4-under 68 and carded five birdies.    

“Roberta played consistently and has the potential to really glow,” said Luellen.  “It will be fun to follow her progress through the next four years as a Sun Devil.” 

Liti improved in her second consecutive World Am appearance.  In 2012, Liti tied for 61st with a 10-over 298 at the Gloria Golf Course in Antalya, Turkey.   

In her third-straight appearance at the World Amateur Championships, former Sun Devil Laura Blanco tied for 65th place with a 7-over 295.  Blanco shot a 1-under 71 in the second round, which was her best round of the tournament.  Blanco’s home country of Colombia tied for 25th with a 7-over 583.   

“Laura did a fantastic job considering the fact that she has not played as much because of a back injury,” said Luellen.  “I foresee that Laura will be a member of the World Cup team for Colombia for many years to come.” 

In the golfing community, the World Amateur Championships is regarded as the “Olympics of golf,” with 50 countries vying for the title and the coveted Espirito Santo trophy on the women’s side.  In 2008, former Sun Devil and current LPGA professional golfer Anna Nordqvist helped her home country of Sweden take home top honors, while Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Muñoz led Spain to a second place finish. 

Since its inception, 15 Sun Devil women’s golfers have competed in the World Amateur, with eight players making multiple appearances.  Names such as Grace Park, Wendy Ward, Heather Farr, Guilia Molinaro, and Juliana Murcia have all represented their respective countries.

“Golf is truly an international game,” added Luellen.  “It’s great to be represented by so many great players past, present, and future in the World Amateur Championship.”

The 2016 World Amateur Championship will be played in Cancun, Mexico.