May 28, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.-Former Arizona golfer Lorena Ochoa was named the 2002 National Golf Coaches Association Player of the Year and junior Laura Myerscough was named an honorable mention selection to the 2002 All-America team, the NGCA announced in ceremonies held in conjunction with the NCAA Championships.
Ochoa was also honored with the Golfstat Cup for the nation's lowest scoring average for the second consecutive year. Her mark of 70.13 shattered her record of 71.33 from her freshman season.
Also winning player of the year honors in 2001, Ochoa recently turned professional, ending an amateur career that featured many unprecedented accomplishments. The 5-foot-7-inch star from Guadalajara, Mexico, won eight times in just 10 tournament appearances this season, including a record-setting streak of seven straight wins. Ochoa was also honored as a first-team All-American, in addition to player of the year honors.
Myerscough, a 5-foot-7-inch junior from Charleston, Ill., capped her third season competing for the Wildcats by finishing in seventh place at the 2002 NCAA Championships. Myerscough was the only Wildcat to compete in each of Arizona's 11 tournaments this season as she garnered four top-10 finishes and one top-20 finish. Her opening round of 70 at the NCAA Championships set a new career-best for single round score.
Arizona recently completed the 2001-02 season by capturing second place at the NCAA Championships last week.