Lorena Ochoa Named Winner of Fourth Annual Nancy Lopez Award

Apr 24, 2003, 01:00 ET from Chick-fil-A

    STOCKBRIDGE, Ga., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Lorena Ochoa, one of the
 greatest players in the history of collegiate golf and a virtual sports icon
 in her native Mexico, has been selected as the recipient of the fourth annual
 Nancy Lopez Award.  Named after one of the greatest and most respected women
 golfers in history, the award is presented annually to the world's most
 outstanding female amateur.  Previous award recipients include Meredith Duncan
 (2002), Aree Wongluekiet-Song (2001), and the inaugural award winner Kellee
     The award is a key facet of the relationship between Nancy Lopez and the
 Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez.  Along with the award
 comes a sponsor invitation to compete in the tournament.  Since Ochoa is now
 an LPGA Tour member, her sponsor exemption was given to Michelle Wie.  In
 addition, the tournament is donating $1,000 in Ochoa's name to La Barranca in
 Guadalajara and AIM for the Handicapped, one of the tournament beneficiaries.
     The talented native of Guadalajara, Mexico enjoyed perhaps the greatest
 collegiate career of any women (or man) in history.  During her two years at
 the University of Arizona, Ochoa competed in 20 college tournaments, winning
 12, finishing 2nd six times, 3rd once and 9th once.  In other words, she never
 finished out of the top 10.  During her second year, she won eight of 10
 including seven in a row and placed 2nd in the other two.  She set an NCAA
 scoring record of 71.33 during her freshman year and then shattered that mark
 by more than a full stroke in her sophomore campaign (70.13).  She was named
 NCAA player of the year in both of her two seasons.
     In her own country she was a seven-time Mexican Junior Champion and a
 three-time Mexican Amateur Champion.  She represented Mexico in many world
 amateur events and in 2001 she received the Premio Nacional del Deporte Award,
 the highest athletic award in Mexico.  She was the youngest recipient ever and
 the first golfer.
     Prior to turning professional last May, she competed in five LPGA Tour
 events as an amateur, finishing in the top 10 in three of them.  At the 2002
 Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major of the year, she finished

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