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Former Wildcat Named 2005 Hispanic Female Athlete of the Year
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 13, 2005
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Lorena Ochoa, a former member of the University of Arizona women’s golf team, was named the 2005 ESPN Deportes Women’s Athlete of the Year.


Ochoa was named the National Golf Coaches Association Player of the Year and a first-team All-American in both of her years as a Wildcat (2000-02).  In 2002 Ochoa set the NCAA record for most individual victories in a season (8).


At the conclusion of her sophomore season, Ochoa elected to leave the University of Arizona and join the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).


“This is a great award for Lorena.  She is one of the most famous athletes to come out of Mexico,” Arizona Head Golf Coach Greg Allen said.  “Lorena has been a great ambassador for her country as well as the University of Arizona.”   


Ochoa’s persuit of excellence has continued since joining the LPGA Tour.  In 2003 Ochoa was named the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year.  During her three-year career on the LPGA Tour, Ochoa has claimed three victories and is third on the University of Arizona career earnings list behind Annika Sorenstam and Chris Johnson.


The 2005 Hispanic Athletes of the Year is awarded to a select group of professional and amateur male and female Hispanic athletes.  The awards were selected by a panel of Hispanic sports media, prominent Hispanic athletes and ESPN Deportes representatives. 


The “State Farm Presents the Hispanic Athletes of the Year” will air in English on ABC-TV Dec. 17, 2005, and later that week on ESPN Deportes.