I recently had the pleasure of playing 27 holes with former world no.1 Lorena Ochoa and her husband Andres Conesa here on the Jack Nicklaus Designed Pacifico Course in Punta Mita while they spent a relaxing weekend with us at the St Regis Punta MIta. As a passionate 13 handicap golfer I must say those 9 & 18 hole rounds here in Punta Mita were without doubt a memory I will always cherish not only from the golfing angle of watching Lorenas easy , free and beautiful swing but of sharing those hours together with her and her husband Andres. Lorena’s humility and simple yet open and friendly manners is something remarkable considering all she has achieved. Teaming up with Andres – Lorena gave us 1 stroke per hole with the exception of the Par 3s with Andres and I winning 2&1 over 18holes! Lorena shot a 71 with both Andres & I playing our handicaps. Sabine joined us for the last few holes and breakfast with the family.
In her eight-year LPGA career, Ochoa won 27 tournaments, including 24 over a four-year span (2006-2009).
Two years after her retirement, here are some of the significant LPGA all-time records that Ochoa can lay claim to:
Most consecutive wins in scheduled events
4, Lorena Ochoa, 2008 (Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola, March 27-30; Kraft Nabisco Championship, April 3-6; Corona Championship, April 10-13; Ginn Open, April 17-20). Shares with Mickey Wright, 1962 and 1963; Kathy Whitworth, 1969; and Annika Sorenstam, 2001.
Lowest round in a major championship
62 (-10), Lorena Ochoa, 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship, 62-71-74-72. Shares with Minea Blomqvist, 2004 Weetabix Women’s British Open.
Most rounds in 60s in a season
51, Lorena Ochoa, 2004
Most sub-par rounds in a season
75, Lorena Ochoa, 2004
Most birdies in a season
442, Lorena Ochoa, 2004
Most official single-season earnings
$4,364,994, Lorena Ochoa, 2007
A great champion and an ever better person – thanks for the memories of a great golfing weekend Lorena! To top it off I was invited to The Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara where I was paired with Paula Creamer – more on that in another post .