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Wildcat Freshman Lorena Ochoa Named CGF Golfer of the Month for Third Time This Season
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 06, 2001
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TUCSON, Ariz.–University of Arizona freshman Lorena Ochoa has been named the Rolex College Golfer of the Month for February.

It is the third time this season that Ochoa has been honored as the Rolex College Golfer of the Month, she also won the honor in September and November. Also, it is only the third time in the six-year history of the CGF that a player has been named the Rolex College Golfer of the Month three times in one season. Last year Jenna Daniels of Arizona accomplished that feat for the first time since Tiger Woods of Stanford won it three times during the 1995-96 season.

Ochoa, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, won individual medalist honors at the Wildcat Invitational in a playoff with Candy Hanneman of Duke. Ochoa and Hanneman finished the regulation 54 holes with a score of three-under par 213. Ochoa then birdied the first playoff hole – No. 18 – to win the individual title. She shot 72-71-70 while leading the Wildcats to the team title.

Ochoa also finished second, behind teammate and fellow freshman Natalie Gulbis, at the TRW Regional Challenge. She shot a three-over par 216 (73-70-73) while helping to lead Arizona to its second team title of the month. Ochoa is tied with Michelle Simpson of Florida International to lead the Rolex Collegiate Tour with three wins so far this season. Ranked No. 1 in the final fall edition of the MasterCard Rankings and No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index, Ochoa finished the month with a stroke average of 71.50 (six rounds).

The Rolex College Golfer of the Month award is voted on by members of the College Golf Foundation's Golfer of the Month Committee. The award is based primarily on results from Rolex Collegiate Tour events, plus conference championships, NCAA Regionals and the NCAA Championships.