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Friday, August 24, 2018

Mariajo Uribe Sets a Course Record

...and it was tied just an hour later by Ariya Jutanugarn and then by Nasa Hataoka. Such is the way of life in the women's game.

Still, it's exciting (to me, anyway) to see Mariajo at the top of the leaderboard.

Mariajo Uribe

Many of you may not even recognize her name. She's struggled since joining the LPGA, and she only has one professional win -- the 2011 HSBC Brazil Cup, which was an unofficial LPGA event.

Mariajo (a Colombian) first caught my attention when she won the 2007 US Women's Amateur. She was walking around the course, fist-pumping and ordering that ball to get in the hole! It was an impressive performance, and I couldn't wait to see how she did as a pro.

As it turns out, she's struggled to find her place on the Tour just like so many other good young players who come out of college. Don't get me wrong, we've seen flashes of her brilliance -- she won the the gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games and the silver medal at the 2014 South American Games. But while she's had numerous Top10s on the LPGA, she still has no official wins and she's struggled in the majors.

I still keep a watch for Mariajo's scores. She's got a lot of talent, although she -- like most players -- probably needs to work more on her short game if she wants to break through. She had a runner-up finish to start the year but has seen her finishes drop further and further down all year. (She missed the cut in Indy last week.) But I keep hoping that maybe this week will be the week. She's a fiery competitor who could really add to the already fascinating mix if she could get in on the action more often.

Maybe a good start like this will be the catalyst she needs to get things going. Maybe...

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