Fassi Joins Razorbacks Early

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Maria Fassi becomes the third star from Mexico to join the Razorbacks after signing in November 2015. She finished high school early and joins the team for the second semester in January 2016.

Following on the heels of the recent success of seniors Gabriela Lopez and Regina Plasenica, Fassi also advanced through qualifying to play in the U.S. Women’s Open last summer. She finished as a runner-up in the South American Women’s Amateur and was the top-ranked female amateur in Mexico, according to the Mexican Golf Federation. Fassi won the Mexican Amateur in 2015 and recently in 2016, playing with several of her Razorback teammates. Other major events Fassi took part in prior to joining the Razorbacks include three appearances at the U.S. Girls Junior Championship (2012, 2013, 2015), two trips to the U.S. Women’s Amateur (2013, 2015) and the Spirit International (2015) winning the event.

“Convincing Maria to become a Razorback would not have been possible with the help of Gaby Lopez,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “They have been friends for quite some time and the great experience Gaby had as a student-athlete at The University of Arkansas definitely proved helpful in the recruiting process with Maria. I have watched Maria compete and play over the past few years and she possesses many of the intangibles that you just can’t teach. She has had many great competitive experiences across the world and when you couple that with her great length you have a recipe for success. Maria is a special athlete and I know she will leave her mark on program moving forward.”

Fassi hails from Pacuca, Hidalgo, Mexico and was born March 25, 1998. She is the daughter of Andres Fassi and Tabiana and attended UFD High School. She as two older brothers, Sebastian and Juan Pablo, and a younger brother, Fronco.

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