Two years ago, Azahara Munoz wasn’t even sure she wanted to turn professional. Did the Arizona State star really want that lifestyle?
So far, it appears to suit her fine. Two weeks into her professional career, Munoz has finished 2-1. After a runner-up at LPGA sectional qualifying, the 2008 NCAA champion traveled to her native Spain for the LET’s Madrid Ladies Masters. There she beat former teammate Anna Nordqvist on Oct. 4 on the first playoff hole. Munoz carded a final-round 64 while Nordqvist posted 63.
ASU coach Melissa Luellen said Munoz kicked things up several notches once she decided to turn professional.
“The last two years, that girl hit more wedges than the entire LPGA combined,” Luellen said.
She and Munoz traded e-mails after her playoff victory in Spain, and Munoz indicated she had decided to forgo next month’s Duramed Futures Tour Q-School.
“She has a place to play now,” said Luellen, “a home.”
If things continue this well at the final stage of LPGA Q-School, she’ll have two.