Hispanic Heritage Month recognized Lorena Ochoa. Lorena Ochoa is a Mexican professional golfer who played on the LPGA Tour from 2003 – 2010, and was the top-ranked female golfer in the world for over three years. As the first Mexican golfer of either gender to be ranked number one in the world, she is considered the best Mexican golfer of all time!
Born November 15, 1981 and raised in Guadalajara, Ochoa took up golf at the age of five, won her first state event at the age of six, and her first national event at seven. As a junior, she captured 22 state events in Guadalajara and 44 national events in Mexico. She was very successful in women's collegiate golf, winning the NCAA Player of the Year Awards for 2001 and 2002. In 2003, She was the recipient of the Nancy Lopez Award, which is presented annually to the world's most outstanding female amateur golfer. Ochoa left college after her second year to turn professional, then won three of ten events played on the 2002 Futures Tour. She was also Duramed FUTURES Tour Player of the Year. In her rookie season on the LPGA Tour in 2003, she had eight top-10 finishes, ending the season as the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year. In 2005, Ochoa won the Wegmans Rochester LPGA. In April 2007, Ochoa overtook Annika Sorenstam to become the world number one ranked golfer. Ochoa won her first major championship in 2007 then won her second major championship in 2008. In April 2010, Ochoa released a statement retiring from professional golf.
As part of Hispanic Heritage month, today, we are recognizing Lizette Salas, a young, up and coming Latina on the LPGA. Earning full status on the LPGA Tour on her first try in 2012, Salas is definitely one talented player to watch!
Born and raised in Azusa, CA, Salas started playing at the age of 7. When she graduated from high school, she earned a golf scholarship to the University of Southern California. She had three collegiate wins, was named the 2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, was Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, and Pac-10 All-Conference First Team selection in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She was also a NGCA All-American First Team selection in 2009 and 2011. Lizette is the only USC student-athlete to be recognized as an All-American all four years at USC. In July 2010, she made her first appearance in a professional tournament after qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open. Salas turned professional in June 2011 upon graduating from the University of Southern California. She was the first member of her immediate family to earn a college degree.
Take the 30-Day Cardiogolf Fitness Challenge with LPGA Teaching Professional and Golf Fitness Specialist Karen Palacios-Jansen.
Karen Palacios-Jansen, renowned, LPGA Teaching Professional, regular guest instructor on The Golf Channel, voted one of America’s “Top 50 Females Instructors” by Golf Digest Magazine, and LPGA 2008 National Teacher of the Year recently released her online Cardiogolf 30-Day Challenge.
The Cardiogolf 30-Day Challenge is a unique online fitness program designed to jump-start your golf game. With effective combinations of swing drills and golf-specific exercises, Cardiogolf accommodates golfers of all skills and fitness levels. The only requirement is a small, 4 x 4 sq. ft space to do the golf swing exercises.
Every Cardiogolf exercise is based on fundamental golf positions and sequences of motion achieved by every good golfer. Using golf clubs, weights, medicine and exercise balls you'll learn exercises to promote better flexibility, posture and balance throughout the golf swing. Your game will improve and your body will be better conditioned.
The Cardiogolf 30-Day Challenge includes:
At a suggested retail price of $79.95, the Cardiogolf 30-Day Challenge includes the Cardiogolf workouts, a pre-round warm up routine, basic golf fitness screen and a program outline including a welcome letter from Karen.
Special member rate for EWGA members through October 31st is $29.95. For less than a dollar a day, you can get world-class golf instruction to kick-start your fitness and golf game. Beginning November 1, 2013, EWGA members will still enjoy a 25% discount and special rate of $59.95.
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Today's woman of focus is Nancy Lopez. Overcoming discrimination and diversity, Nancy Lopez became one of the best Latina role models in sports. She is known as one of the greatest athletes in Golf.
Born on J...anuary 6, 1957, in Torrance, California, Nancy Lopez began playing golf as a child. She won the New Mexico Women's Amateur tournament at the age of 12 and went on to win several amateur titles. Becoming a professional golfer while in college, Lopez won LPGA Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, and the Vare Trophy awards in 1978. She is the only woman to win these awards all in the same season. In 2003, she won the Billie Jean King Contribution Award from the Women's Sports Foundation. Over the course of her career, Lopez received the Player of the Year Award four times and had 48 victories—three of them in major tournaments—and became the first woman to receive the Frances Ouimet Award for lifelong contributions to golf.
Shopping has gotten even easier at EWGA. The newly revised EWGA Shop offers EWGA logoed apparel and merchandise. Start shopping at http://bit.ly/18p6Hfk
The EWGA Premium Outlet launched September 15th with a new deal every day! Each morning a new offer will be in your inbox. To sign up bit.ly/17nJNYP.
Julie McKenna from Springfield, Mass. defeated a field of thirty-two women in the Championship Flight to claim the title as the Overall Champion of the 2013 EWGA (Executive Women's Golf Association) Championship Finals on September 8, 2013 at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ.
Despite the inclement weather, McKenna posted a Final Gross Score of 146, 4 strokes better than her nearest competitor, to capture the victory. The former Wake Forest University and Western New England College School of Law alumna was ecstatic about her win. "I am sure I will be running on adrenaline for the next week or so," said McKenna.
EWGA (Executive Women's Golf Association) Board of Director, Jon Last, was in Golf, Inc. Magazine's recent listing of the eighteen most innovative people in the golf industry included the likes of a number of leaders in golf facility development and management. But rounding out the list was a marketing researcher—Sports and Leisure Research Group Founder and President, Jon Last. As one more used to creating lists than being included on them, Last was surprised to be selected from among an extensive group of several hundred nominees. Said Last, " I feel that our firm's commitment to rigorous research standards coupled with an insatiable appetite to translate our findings into something that our clients find meaningful and actionable is a necessity in this world of data overload. Since our leadership team has worked on the brand side, in agencies, media, travel and sports, it's important that everything we do is delivered within the appropriate context and perspective for the particular client. I might prefer 'pragmatic' to 'innovative,' but I'm flattered by the compliment."
Now in its 18th year, the EWGA (Executive Women's Golf Association) Championship is the largest women's amateur golf competition in the world. The event provides competitive tournament golf for members of all skill levels and more than 2500 members participate annually. The EWGA Championship offers two different competitive formats: Stroke Play Competition and Inter-Chapter Team Scramble Competition.
To follow the competition, go to www.ewgachampionship.com
Sept. 19-21, 2013
Go for the Greens is a business development conference for women entrepreneurs offering exclusive access to companies, government agencies and nonprofits that can help women-owned business secure their largest, most profitable contracts ever in a fun, creative setting... and YES - there is golf, too!
During the month of August, EWGA members can make a difference in a girl's life and become a Champion Fore Girls Golf.
A donation as small as $10 will sponsor a girl for a year to join her local LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program. Just think of the impact EWGA can make collectively!
Follow this link to learn more about becoming a Champion Fore Girls Golf. It's easy! Donations can be made online or by texting the word "LPGA" to 50555.