THE GOLF SWING OF LORENA OCHOA
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Lorena Ochoa's Golf Swing HighlightsFULL NAME: Lorena Ochoa
BIRTHDATE: November 15 1981
EDUCATION: Arizona University
JOINED TOUR: 2003
EXEMPT STATUS: Exempt
Lorena Ochoa (born in Guadalajara) is a Mexican golfer who plays on the U.S. based LPGA Tour. She was only the second Mexican to become a member of the world's leading women's golf tour. She quickly became one of the LPGA's top players. Ochoa's success has raised its profile and popularity in her home country.
Lorena grew up next door to the Guadalajara Country Club. She took up golf at the age of five. She won her first state event at the age of six and her first national event at seven. As a junior golfer she captured 22 state events in Guadalajara and 44 national events in the country of Mexico. She also won five consecutive titles at the Junior World Golf Championships. In 2000 she enrolled at the University of Arizona.. She was the dominant player in women's collegiate golf for two years, winning the NCAA Player of the Year Awards for 2001 and 2002. In her sophomore year she won a record eight consecutive collegiate events.
In November 2001, Ochoa was presented with Mexico's National Sports Award by Mexican President Vicente Fox. She was the youngest recipient of her country's highest sporting accolade, and the first golfer to receive it.
Ochoa left Arizona University after her sophomore year to turn professional. She won three of her ten events on the 2002 Futures Tour, and topped the money list to earn membership on the LPGA Tour for the following season. She won the LPGA Rookie of the Year Award in 2003, and finished ninth on the money list. In 2004 she won her first two LPGA Tour titles and finished on the money list. That same year she placed in the top ten in three of the four majors. In 2005, she won the Wegman's Rochester LPGA.
On March 30, 2006, her first round score of 62 in the Kraft Nabisco Championship tied the record for lowest score ever by a golfer, male or female, in any major tournament. She retained her lead through rounds 2 and 3, but ultimately lost to Karrie Webb in a playoff. Her playoff loss marked her best finish to date in an LPGA major.
In 2006, a year in which she led the LPGA in tournaments won (six) and money earned, Ochoa won the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year award. This award goes to the player who gains the most number of points throughout the season based on a formula in which points are awarded for top-10 finishes and are doubled at the LPGA's four major championships and at the season-ending ADT Championship. She also won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour. Her achievements were recognized outside the sport of golf when Ochoa won the 2006 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award.
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