Meet Carlota Ciganda
Meet Carlota Ciganda: Carlota is a LPGA tour player (#22 in the world!) from Pamplona, Spain who has made Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club her home course. Read about Carlota and her journey in her own words.
I began playing golf at the age of 5 with my father at the local course where my parents live. My dad has been a big influence on my career, always supporting and never pushing me. I come from a very sporting family, my uncle (dads brother) played soccer (1st division) for Athletic Bilbao and Spain. Growing up I played tennis, soccer, swimming and golf. At the age of 8 I went to my first Spanish Championship. Over the coming years I represented Spain in numerous International events and also represented Europe in the junior Ryder Cup and junior Solheim Cup. I won the European individual Championship at the age of 14 and British amateur when I was 17, and finished 2nd as a team at the World Amateur in Australia. At the age of 18 I was invited to visit Arizona State University and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Coming to college in the states not only helped with my golf game but also I grew a lot as a person. Being far from home made me realize who were the important people in my life. I had such a great time playing for the team. We won 5 out of the 8 events of the year during my first semester, including regionals, conference (pac10) and national championships. I won back to back pac10 and I was an all American every year.
In 2012, I decided to turn professional and started my career in Europe. I played on the European Tour for 2 years, which included 2 victories during my rookie season as well as Player of the Year and Rookie of the year awards. In 2014 I decided to play more on the LPGA. I wanted to compete against the best players in the world. I have played 4 full years on the LPGA, winning twice and representing Europe at the past 3 Solheim Cups. I am currently ranked 22nd in the world and I am looking to climb the rankings this coming year. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to practice/ play at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club. I am excited to meet my new friends at Superstition.