Golf Alumna Honored As NCAA Woman Of The Year Finalist
Former Lynn women’s golfer Krissy Ortiz continues to represent Lynn at the highest level as one of the top nine finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Ortiz had a stellar career at Lynn. During her four years as a fighting knight, Ortiz competed in every golf tournament on the teams’ schedule.
The Puerto Rican native collected WGCA All-American Scholar Accolades her freshman and senior year, and Ortiz closed out her career by being named a second team all-American, first team all-South region and a Sunshine State Conference (SSC) second team all-conference.
Ortiz led the Fighting Knights to a conference and regional championship in her final season.
“If you do find that one thing that makes you successful, use it, be consistent with it,” said Ortiz. “Routine equals consistency, and consistency equals success.”
As much as Ortiz grew as a player during her time at Lynn, she also grew as a person. Always sporting a smile and offering a kind word, Ortiz left a lasting impact on the Lynn community.
Ortiz served on Lynn’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Lynn’s Athletic Council, the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct, the Division II Management Council and acted as a national representative for the entire SSC.
“I am grateful for all the experiences and cultures that I have been able to experience at Lynn and in the Sunshine State Conference,” said Ortiz.
Every other Tuesday night, even after a long day of practice, class and workouts, Ortiz would make time to visit Stratford Court of Boca Pointe, a local retirement home. Not only did Ortiz give back to community by playing Bingo with the retirees, but Ortiz also inspired fellow student-athletes to follow her lead.
“I started volunteering at the nursing home because I wanted to bring a smile to their faces. I wanted to see them be happy. Within a month of going, I realized that they were the ones bringing joy to me,” said Ortiz.
After completing her studies at Lynn, Ortiz accepted a graduate assistant position at Georgian Court University in New Jersey and continues to make a positive impact in the lives of student-athletes.