Violeta  Retamoza

Violeta Retamoza


Aguascalientes, Mexico

High School:
Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)




2004-05: Honored as a National Golf Coaches Association first-team All-American...Concluded the season ranked sixth in the nation with the second-lowest single-season stroke average in school history, 73.18...Outstanding effort lowered Retamoza's career mark to 73.90...Average is tops in Big Orange golf annals...Named both the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, (two of the three awards presented to individuals)...Selected to the All-SEC first team for the third consecutive campaign...Fired a program-best 15 rounds of par or under en route to claiming six top-10 finishes...Career total stands at 30, trailing only former UT standout Young-A Yang...Became the first Lady Vol to win the Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships, carding a tournament-record 211...Victory secured the Aguascalientes, Mexico, native's third collegiate tournament win, the most in program history...Score tied as Retamoza's career low and the second-lowest total by a UT golfer...Took home Lady Vol Athlete of the Week accolades for the second time that season after winning the Mercedes...Also named SEC Co-Women's Player of the Week...Her victory led the Orange and White to tie for second place in the tournament, matching the program's best finish in the Mercedes...Turned in the lowest individual total in program history at a regional event (217) en route to leading the Orange and White to a share of the NCAA West Regional title...Effort propelled UT to second straight NCAA Championships appearance and landed the junior second place...At NCAAs, Retamoza led the Big Orange to a tie for sixth place with the fifth-lowest score by an orange-clad golfer at the event (296), including a one-under-par 70 on the final day...Recorded a program-best-tying opening-round score in the first round of the Arizona Wildcat Invite, with a four-under-par 67...Carded 71 and 74 on days two and three, respectively, to secure a tie for third place...Tally of 212 was the fourth lowest in UT history...Claimed runner-up status at the Liz Murphey Collegiate with a three-day score of 220, including a scintillating tally of 68 during round two...Finished in second place at the Cougar Classic, carding a three-day total of 213...Total tied as program's sixth-best score for 54 holes and earned Retamoza Lady Vol Athlete of the Week honors...Provided solid support to teammate Golda Johansson with a third-place finish at the prestigious Bryan National Collegiate...Concluded the event with a score of 219, helping UT snare second place...Turned in another top-15 finish, registering a three-day total of 219 to finish tied for 13th at the Landfall Tradition...Fired a tally of 217 en route to finishing in 14th place at the NCAA Fall Preview...Finished the UNLV Invitational with a score of 218, which placed her tied for 18th...Concluded the SEC Championships in a tie for 30th with a total of 233...Posted a 2-1 record at the Hooter's Collegiate Match Play Championships...Named a preseason All-American.

2003-04: Made a valiant two-shot comeback to track down Vanderbilt's May Wood on the final hole of the 2004 SEC Championships...Despite a 213 (69-73-71), Retamoza finished second after the playoff...Earned Lady Vol Athlete of the Week honors for the effort and was a first team All-SEC honoree...Named a preseason first-team All-American by Golfweek...Tied former Lady Vol Young-A Yang's school record of six consecutive tournaments as UT's top scorer with a 15th-place-tying 224 (74-78-72) at the NCAA East Regional...Her efforts helped lead Tennessee into the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2000...Posted a 223 (72-76-75) to tie for sixth place at the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational...Fired her 11th-career under-par round and paced UT for the fourth consecutive tournament with a 221 (74-72-75) to tie for 16th place at the Bryan National...Shot her ninth under-par round with a 69 on the second day of the Las Vegas Founders Women's Collegiate Showdown en route to an eighth-place tie with a 220 (74-69-77)...Led UT with a 14th-place-tying 221 (75-76-70) at the Liz Murphey Collegiate...Started off the spring season with a 20th-place tie at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational after posting a 226 (78-76-72)...Fought through injury to tie for 45th place at the Mercedes-Benz after carding a 231 (75-78-78)...Finished in a 49th-place tie with a 298 (73-75-75-75) at the NCAA Championship...Fired a pair of even-par 72s after withdrawing from the first round of the Lady Tar Heel...Posted a 236 (83-76-77) to tie for 68th at the NCAA Fall Preview....Earned NGCA Academic All-America status...Also named to SEC Academic Honor Roll...

2002-03: Earned second-team All-America status by the National Golf Coaches' Association, the first Lady Vol rookie to reach that level...Named to the first-team All-SEC squad...Garnered SEC Freshman of the Year honors...Nominated for The Daily Beacon Female Athlete of the Year for the University of Tennessee and was golf's nominee for UT's Alpha Omicron Pi Athlete of the Year Award...Finished the campaign rated 10th in the country by Golfweek...Carded a team-low 231 to tie for 24th place at the NCAA Central Regional...Narrowly missed becoming just the second orange-clad SEC medallist by one shot with a second-place 217 at the SEC Championships...Two-round 140 at the conference championships ranks as the second-lowest two-day total in school history...Turned in a seventh-place 225 at the Lady Boilermaker...Tied for 31st place with a 152 at the Bryan National Collegiate...Posted a second-place tying 217 at the Lady Gator Invitational to finish in the top five for the fourth time...Climbed to fifth place at the Arizona Wildcat after being mired in 42nd place after round one...Garnered SEC Golfer of the Week accolades for her performance at that meet...Carded a two-day 157 to tie for 35th place in the Regional Challenge...Earned top spot in final fall-season SEC top-40 release due to her 73.13 stroke average at the conclusion of the season...Captured her initial Lady Vol Athlete of the Week accolade for her performance at the Auburn Tiger Derby...Became the first Lady Vol to win two tournament titles in a single season by knocking off Auburn's Celeste Troche in a three-hole playoff at the 2002 Auburn Tiger Derby when she fired a 54-hole 211, which included two straight under-par rounds of 70 and 67...Third-round 67 at the Auburn Tiger also tied for the third-lowest round in program history, while her 211 was the second-best three-day total for the Lady Vols...Fired a 230 to tie for 26th at the Mason Rudolph...Fought through stormy conditions to fire a two-day even-par 144, which tied for the 12th-best two-day total in UT history, clinching the Lady Kat tournament title as an individual competitor...Medallist triumph at the Lady Kat was only the second time a Lady Vol newcomer captured a debut event, following Wendi Patterson's 1994 Memphis Women's Intercollegiate victory...Final 74.15 season shot average ranks as the lowest for a Lady Vol newcomer and is the second-lowest in program history...Her season shot average also ranks as the lowest career total at UT and is only the second tally, in front of Young-A Yang's 74.37, in the 74s.

Tabbed Arizona Player of the Year during the 2001 season in which Hamilton claimed the region championship...Also nabbed the Arizona individual state championship title...Locked down Hamilton County Player of the Year honor.

Became the first active Lady Vol golfer to play in an LPGA Event, as she qualified for both the Corona Morelia and MasterCard Classics...Has played as an amateur in eight different countries, including her home of Mexico...Finished tied for 13th as a member of the Mexican National Team at the 2002 World Amateur Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia...Participated in the Jeans and Jacket Championship in Bogota, Colombia; the International Foundation for Junior Golf Invitational in Aberdeen, Scotland; the World Team Amateur Espiritu Santo in Berlin, Germany; and the Invitational Championship in Guatemala...Garnered honorable mention on the AJGA Polo Junior Golf All-America team...Fired a personal-best 62 at the Mesa Invitational in Arizona...Battled to the semifinals of the 2000 U.S. Girls' tourney...Claimed the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Championship in 2001...Led her team to the Girls' Americas Cup in 1999 and 2000 while capturing the individual championship...Earned the 2000 Junior Mexican National Championship crown...Secured the South Texas Junior Golf Classic championship in 1999...Ranked No. 2 in the Mexican Amateur Rankings from 1999-2001.

Majoring in finance...Has two brothers, Hector, an art teacher, 27, and Carlos, an oceanographer, 25...Golf ambition is to play on the LPGA Tour...Hopes to continue with her education in graduate school...Daughter of Carlos Retamoza and Violeta Leon Lara...Born Violeta Retamoza on July 20, 1983, in Aguascalientes, Mexico.



Cougar Classic2nd70-69-74=213
Fall Previewt14th73-69-75=217
Landfall Traditiont13th76-69-74=219
Arizona Wildcatt3rd67-71-74=212
UNLV Invitet18th80-75-76=231
Liz Murphey2nd78-68-74=220
Bryan Nationalt3rd70-71-78=219
SEC Championshipst30th72-80-81=233
NCAA West Regional2nd-74-71=217
NCAA Championshipst16th77-74-75-70=296
Low Round67(Arizona Wildcat)
Low Total211(Mercedes-Benz)
NCAA Fall Previewt68th78-74-79=231
Lady Tar Heel InvitationalN/A72-72-WD
Las Vegast8th74-69-77=220
Arizona Wildcatt20th78-76-72=226
Lady Gatort6th72-76-75=223
Liz Murpheyt14th75-76-70=221
Bryan Nationalt16th74-72-75=221
SEC Championshipst1st69-73-71=213
NCAA East Regionalt15th74-78-72=224
NCAA Championshipst49th73-75-75-75=298
Low Round69(2 - Las Vegas)
Low Total213(SEC Championships)
Lady Kat Invitational *1st70-74=144
Mason Rudolpht26th76-78-76=230
Auburn Tiger Derby1st74-70-67=211
Regional Challenget35th80-77=157
Arizona Wildcat5th78-72-68=218
Lady Gatort2nd73-72-72=217
Bryan Nationalt31st75-77=152
Lady Boilermaker7th76-76-73=225
SEC Championships2nd70-70-77=217
NCAA Central Regionalt24th82-74-75=231
Low Round67(3 - Auburn Tiger Derby)
Low Total211(Auburn Tiger Derby)
* = played as an individual


Started playing golf at age: Eight
Favorite course to play: Cherokee Country Club
Favorite club in bag: Sand Wedge
Most memorable moment at UT: Winning The Auburn Derby Invitational my freshman year
I'd like to play a round with: Annika Sorenstam, Judi Pavon, Lorena Ochoa
Word that describes my game: Feeling
Favorite movie: Finding Nemo
Dream course to play at: Augusta National
Most memorable shot: The time I made a long putt to win a play-off with Celeste Troche (To win the Auburn Derby)
Nobody knows: I'm way too clean with my things
Person in history you'd like to meet: Che Guevara
Favorite sport besides golf: Baseball


Rounds: 94
Strokes: 6,947
Average: 73.90
Rounds of Par or Under: 30
Low Round: 67; 2002 Auburn Tiger Derby, 2005 Arizona Wildcat
Low Tournament (54 holes): 211; 2002 Auburn Tiger Derby, 2004 Mercedes
Top-10 Finishes: 15
Best Finish: 1st Auburn Tiger 2002, 1st Lady Kat 2002, Tie for 1st, 2004 SEC Championships, 1st 2004 Mercedes-Benz



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