Marisa Baena is the 2005 HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship. Born in Pereira, Colombia in June 1, 1977, the Colombian golfer plays both in the US and LPGA Tour. Standing 5’4”, Marisa started playing golf at the age of six. She was married to Jun Aristizabal on February 5, 2005.
Marisa immediately qualified for the Tour in her first attempt and is now representing Visa. She had an unusually impressive career as an amateur. She was the runner-up at the 1996 US Women’s Amateur Championship. She also won the Pac-10 Championship title and the West Regional. She won 10 tournaments while she was a member of the University of Arizona golf team and earned the 1996 NCAA individual championship title. She was awarded the University of Arizona Player of the Year in 1996 to 1997 and was also a First-Team All-American from 1996 to 1998.
Marisa attended the University of Arizona, USA. Her being active in sports during her college years resulted to being the best rookie in the 1999 season. She had her best finish in a stroke play tournament on the tour and had a tie for the second place at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic in 2003.
In 2005, she surprised everyone when she became the HSBC Women’s World Match Play. She defeated Meena Lee, from South Korea by one hole in the final game. She achieved a three-year exemption on the LPGA Tour. That same year she represented the Team International in the inaugural Lexus Cup Competition. In 2006, she represented Colombia in the Women’s World Cup of Golf, together with her sister Christina.
In 2007, Marisa had a tie for the 21st position at the Fields Open in Hawaii and was her best finish so far. In the final round of the Safeway International presented by Coca Cola, she carded a season low 68.
Due to hip injury, Marisa only competed in 11 events.