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World Golf Hall of Fame 2017 to Include Lorena Ochoa

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October 25, 2016

Lorena Ochoa's career on the LPGA may have been brief (she retired from professional golf at age 28) but it certainly was impactful. She won 27 tournaments, including two majors, and became a star athlete.

Mexico City - Lorena Ochoa will be among the 2017 inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the first Mexican-born golfer to be chosen.

The 37th woman to be inducted, Ochoa, 34, is also the first Latin American and the youngest woman to enter the Hall of Fame.

She was selected under the category of Female Competitor for having won at least 15 official victories in tours endorsed by Rolex Ranking.

Ochoa's 27 Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour victories include two major championships, and she was ranked No. 1 in the world for 158 consecutive weeks.

She won 21 tournaments between 2006 and 2008, including two majors: the Women's British Open in 2007 and the ANA Inspiration in 2008.

Lorena Ochoa was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco and began playing golf at the age of five, winning a state event at six and a national event at the age of seven, according to Wikipedia.

She retired from professional golf in 2010. She hosts her own LPGA event, the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, held annually since 2008 at the Guadalajara Country Club. Proceeds support the Lorena Ochoa Foundation, which operates schools for underprivileged students in Guadalajara.

Source: Milenio.com