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Cristina Baena Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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General: The most experienced player on the Arizona roster with 92 career rounds to her credit... Underwent wrist surgery in mid-August which will cause her to miss the fall season and possibly the spring season... Has 13 career top-10 finishes in just 32 tournaments.

Junior (2000-01): Ranked third on the team with a 75.70 stroke average and three top-10 finishes... Ended the season with a tie for 90th place at the NCAA Championships with a four-round total of 314 (+26)... Finished tied for 25th at the NCAA West Regional (229)... Named honorable mention all Pac-10... Tied for 15th at the Pac-10 Championships with a total of 223... Finished in a tie for 31st at the Wildcat Invitational... Tied for ninth place at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational after shooting a three-round total of 219... Shot low round of the year with first-round 70 at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational... Finished second at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational with a total of 219... Finished third at the rain-shortened NCAA Fall Preview with a two-round score of 147... Opened the year ranked No. 2, but quickly rose to the top spot after fall play began... Named to Golfweek magazine's 2000 Preseason All-America first team.

Sophomore (1999-2000): Capped a solid year as the Wildcats' No. 2 golfer with a tie for 10th place at the NCAA Championships, shooting a 297 (+9)... Selected second-team All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association... Finished the year ranked No. 8... Matched her low round of the year with a second-round 68 at the NCAAs... Had six top-10 finishes in 1999-2000 and three top-20 finishes... Won the Rainbow Invitational in March... Won the tournament after a sudden death playoff with teammate Jenna Daniels... Finished seventh at the Dick McGuire Invitational where she shot even par... Opened the fall season with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Preview... Tied for eighth at the TRW Regional Challenge where she shot a season-low 68... Finished in a tie for 20th at the Arizona Invitational in February, where she shot a three-over-par 219... Placed third at the Pac-10 Championships, Arizona's second-highest finisher, with a four-over-par 220... Tied for 34th at NCAA West Regionals shooting a nine-over-par 225... Stroke average of 73.44, second-best on the squad behind only individual national champion Jenna Daniels... Average finish of 13.7... Member of the All-Pac-10 Conference first team... Was named Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic team... Member of the 1999-2000 Golfweek/Sagarin All-Far West District first team.

Freshman (1998-99): One of the top freshman golfers in the country, she was an honorable mention All-America selection and had five top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments, as well as two top-20 outings... Owned the third-best stroke average on the team (75.18) and finished the year ranked No. 21st in the country... Arizona's top finisher at the Pac-10 Championships, tying for sixth... Had the Cats' second-best finish at the NCAA West Regional, tying for 19th after shooting a 10-over-par 226... An All-Pac-10 second team honoree and was a Golfweek/Sagarin All-Far West District honorable mention team performer... In Arizona's four tournament wins, she placed in the top-10 in each of them... Best outing of the year was a tie for third at the Arizona Invitational in Tucson... She was the Wildcats' top finisher and helped lead the team to its third of four titles on the year with a 4-under-par 212... Was featured in Sports Illustrated's Golf Plus "Faces in the Crowd" in March as a result of that outing... Was the Cats' top placer in one other outing - the Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif... She tied for 11th with a 15-over-par 228... Tied for third in the Stanford Intercollegiate, shooting a 2-under-par 217 (71-73-73)... Tied for seventh in the first tournament of her career, the Topy Cup in Tokyo in the fall... She recorded a two-round total of nine-over-par 153... Tied for 35th at the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

High School: Graduated from Canyon Del Oro in Tucson in 1997... Finished fourth in the 1997 Junior World... Finished first in the Mexican Amateur.

Personal: Full Name: Cristina Baena... Daughter of Eduardo and Maria de Baena... Both her parents are doctors... Born December 14, 1979, in Pereira, Colombia... Academic major is marketing... Her sister, Marisa, played golf three years at Arizona and earned National Player of the Year honors in 1996 & 1997, before turning professional in 1998... Enjoys playing volleyball.