Oct. 8, 2003
LINCOLN, Calif.-Former University of Arizona women's golfer Lorena Ochoa was named the LPGA 2003 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year.
Ochoa had an impressive rookie season, which included seven top-ten finishes. Additionally she made 16-straight cuts to start her rookie season.
"I'm very excited, this was one of my goals at the beginning of the year and it's nice to achieve your goals and be recognized for your efforts," said Ochoa.
While at Arizona, Ochoa set numerous records and was honored with sundry awards and accolades. In November 2001, the Mexican government awarded her "El Premio Nacional de Deportes" or National Sports Award to make Ochoa the youngest individual to ever receive the honor and the first golfer to be so honored. Her freshman season saw her named 2001 National Golf Coaches Association Player of the Year and one of four finalists for the prestigious Honda Award for women's golf. She also earned the Golfstat Cup in 2001 (71.33) and 2002 (70.13) with the nation's lowest scoring average, both marks set NCAA records.
Ochoa joins former UA golfer Annika Sorenstam, who won the Rookie of the Year honors in 1994. A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Ochoa is the first LPGA Rookie of the Year Award Winner from Mexico.