Recognizing Lorena Ochoa

lorenaHispanic 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.