Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Latina atheletes have been underrespresented in the sports world as well as in the media but do not be fooled there are many LATINA athletes out there that you have probably not even heard of. Many Latinas have excelled in their sports and have served as role models for other Latinas and women.
Every week LATWEENO.COM will feature a LATINA athlete of the week. We are very proud to show off some of our own orgullo. We hope you enjoy this segment.
This week the SPOTLIGHT is on:
Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico
Lorena Ochoa began to play golf at a very young age. She use to follow her father around the golf club and soon enough, she began competing at the age of six. In 2001, Lorena became the first golfer and youngest recipient of the National Sports Award which was presented to her by the President of Mexico, Vicente Fox. She has been in the LGPA tour for three years now. She won rookie of the year in 2003 and has had two career victories in the LGPA tour. During her off season she dedicates her time to helping other young golfers and makes appearances around Mexico.
LPGA Tour wins:
- 2004 Franklin American Mortgage Championship benefitting Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Wachovia LPGA Classic Hosted by Betsy King
- 2005 Wegmans Rochester LPGA
- 2006 Takefuji Classic, Sybase Classic
"I feel fortunate to be able to represent my country and to be a role model for kids in Mexico. It is a big responsibility that I take with honor". -Lorena Ochoa