Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Lorena Ochoa Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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General: Will anchor a squad which she led to six tournament titles in her first year in the program... Opens her sophomore campaign as the Wildcats' top returnee and the nation's top golfer... Hailed by Golfworld magazine as the nation's top-ranked collegiate woman in the publication's preseason poll... Should take on a more vocal leadership role in addition to her competitive fire... Participated in the 2000 U.S. Women's Open... Semifinalist at the 1999 U.S. Women's Amateur, quarterfinalist in 2000... Also qualified for the match play portion of the 2001 U.S. Women's Amateur... Mexican Amateur Champion in 1999 and 2000... Named best golfer in Mexico 1997-2000... Represented Mexico at the Women's World Amateur in Germany.

Freshman (2000-01): The 2001 NGCA Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year... Also earned the Golfstat Cup with the nation's lowest scoring average (71.71)... A first team NGCA All-America pick... One of the four finalists for the Honda Award, along with teammate Natalie Gulbis... Ended 2001 as the nation's top-ranked golfer in the CGF/MasterCard rankings... Finished second at the NCAA Championships, losing in a one-hole playoff with Candy Hannemann of Duke... Shot 73-71-72-69-285 (-3) to force the playoff... Posted top-10 finishes in all 10 stroke play events, including a first, second or third place finish in each of the final nine tournaments of the season... Finished second at the NCAA West Regional with a season-low 210 (-6)... Closed the event with a 69, the low round of the day... Named Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year... Also named to the all-Pac-10 Conference First Team... Won the Pac-10 Conference Championship in a playoff after carding a score of 213... Defeated teammate and fellow freshman Natalie Gulbis after two sudden death playoff holes at the Pac-10 Championships... Tied for third at the PING/ASU Invitational with a three-day total of 218... Missed action at the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Invitational because she had just wrapped up play in the LPGA's Nabsico Championship... Competed as an amateur in the Nabisco Championship, one of the LPGA's major tournaments... Finished in a tie for 21st place with a 290 (+2) at the Nabisco Championship, high amateur finish at the event... Tied for seventh place in the Welch's/Circle K Championship, the LPGA event held in Tucson... Her 12-under-par 276 seventh place finish at the Welch's/Circle K was the highest finish by an amateur in the event.. Named Rolex College Golfer of the Month for February, becoming only the third golfer to win the honor three times in one season... Joins Tiger Woods and UA alumna Jenna Daniels as the only golfers to be so honored... Won medalist honors at the Wildcat Invitational with a total of 213, including rounds of 72, 71 and 70... Defeated Candy Hannemann of Duke in the first playoff hole at the Wildcat Invitational... Finished second behind teammate Natalie Gulbis at the TRW Regional Challenge... Named Rolex College Golfer of the Month for November... Won second tournament of career at Golf World Invitational in November with career best 211... Defeated Katherine Hull of Pepperdine in a one-hole playoff for the Golf World Invitational championship... Named Rolex College Golfer of the Month for September... Finished second at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational... Shot opening-round 66 at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational... 66 at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational was the second-best round ever by a UA freshman... Named Golf World magazine Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 29... Earned first tournament championship of career at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational in her second ever collegiate tournament... Opened UA career with a ninth-place showing at the NCAA Fall Preview... Shot one over-par in her first round of collegiate golf... Entered UA as the top recruit in the nation... One of three Arizona freshmen named to Golfweek magazine's list of "Freshmen to Watch in 2000"... Ranked 21st in the Golfweek Amateur rankings upon entering UA.

High School: Graduated from Torreblanca H.S. in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1998... Winner of seven Mexican Junior National Championships, 1990-94, '97, and '99... Named best golfer in the state of Jalisco in 1993, '94, and '96-'00... Holds the record for consecutive Junior World Championships with five from 1990-'94... Won five Heraldo the Mexico, a highly touted award for all Mexican sports, in 1993, 1994, and 1997-'99.

Personal: Born Nov. 15, 1981, in Guadalajara, Mexico... Parents are Javier Ochoa and Marcela Reyes... Parents' occupation is real estate... Plans to major in sports psychology... Broke both wrists at age five.

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