INDIANAPOLIS --- The NCAA has announced that former University of Arizona golfer Lorena Ochoa has been named the Division I Women’s Golf Most Outstanding Student-Athlete for her accomplishments in NCAA championship competition. The honor, which was bestowed as part of the 25th Anniversary of Women’s Championships celebration, takes into account outstanding performances over the past 25 years.
In 2001, Ochoa placed second at the NCAA West Regional Championships and second in the NCAA National Championship. In 2002, she won the NCAA West Regional and tied for second in the NCAA National Championship. Ochoa earned NCAA Player of the Year honors in 2001 and 2002 and set the single-season NCAA scoring average record as a freshman at 71.33. As a sophomore, Ochoa surpassed her own mark by just over a stroke per round with a 70.13 average.
Ochoa also had stellar performances while competing for Arizona. In 20 starts, Ochoa won 12 times, finished runner-up six times and never placed out of the top-10. In the 2001-2002 season, she won the first seven events of the year and finished with eight wins in 10 events, finishing runner-up in the other two.
In 1981, the NCAA began sponsoring women’s championships, which opened the door to increased athletic and academic opportunities for female athletes. Today, the NCAA sponsors 44 women’s championships in 20 sports, providing more than 150,000 women with an opportunity to compete for national titles each year.
The 2006 Division I Women’s Golf Regionals begin May 11. The NCAA National Championship will be held May 23-26 in Columbus, Ohio at the Scarlet Course. Ohio State University will serve as host.
The following NCAA women’s sports are celebrating their 25th anniversary during the 2005-06 athletic season: Division I and III women’s field hockey; Division I, II and III women’s cross country; Division I, II and III women’s volleyball; Division I, II and III women’s swimming; Division I, II and III women’s basketball; National Collegiate women’s gymnastics; Division I, II and III women’s tennis; Division I women’s golf; Division I women’s lacrosse; Division I women’s rowing; Division I and II softball; and Division I, II and III women’s outdoor track.