Height: 5' 6"
- Lorena was home schooled as a teenager so she could
pursue her golf career.
- Lorena’s eight consecutive championships as a
college sophomore set an NCAA record.
- In 2001, Lorena became the youngest athlete ever to
be awarded Mexico’s Premio Nacional al Deporte award. She received
this honor from president Vicente Fox in Mexico City after a parade
in her honor.
- In 20 college events, Lorena never finished more than
three shots off the lead.
- Lorena won the Nancy Lopez Award as the top amateur
- Lorena finished her college career with a dozen victories—five
short of the 17 that Juli Inkster won in four years at San Jose State.
Lorena's total tied her for third on the all-time win list with Mary
Ann Widman of Duke.
- Lorena’s seven victories in 2002 broke the NCAA
record set by Brandie Burton in 1990.
- Lorena won the Rolex Rookie of the Year award in 2003.
- Lorena’s second tour victory in 2004 made her
the fastest player in history to surpass $2 million in winnings. Paula
Creamer broke Lorena’s record in 2006.
- In 2004, Lorena set new LPGA Tour records with 442
birdies, 75 rounds under par, and 51 rounds shot in the 60s.
- Lorena made her first hole-in-one as a pro at the 2004
CJ Nine Bridges Classic.
- Lorena made her first career double-eagle at the 2006
- Lorena’s 62 at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco tied the
record for an LPGA major, set in 2004 by Minea Blomqvist at the British
open. It is the lowest round by a golfer, male or female in a major
- Lorena was AP’s 2006 Female Athlete of the Year,
breaking a three-year streak by Annika Sorenstam. Amelie Mauresmo finished
second and Lisa Leslie and Maria Sharapova tied for third. With Tiger
Woods winning the AP Male Athlete of the Year, it marked the first time
that two golfers reigned simultaneously since 1945, when Byron Nelson
and Babe Zaharias won.
- In 2007, Lorena became the first woman ever to top the $4 million mark in a season. She obliterated Sorenstam's previous mark of $2.8 million.
- Lorena’s four straight LPGA victories in 2008 landed her in elite company. Only Mickey Wright, Kathy Whitworth, Nancy Lopez and Sorenstam had accomplished this feat.
- Lorena will be eligible for Hall of Fame induction in 2012.
- Lorena is the first Mexican-born player to win on the
LPGA Tour. She was the first Mexican golfer to win a pro tour event
since Victor Regalado in the 1970s.
- Lorena’s passed the $1 million mark in career
earnings at a tournament hosted by Nancy Lopez.
- Lorena won 22 tournaments in her home state of Guadalajara
and 44 national events in Mexico.
- Thanks largely to Lorena, there are now more than 1,000
girls playing tournament golf in Mexico—10 times the number that
were playing when started her career.
- Lorena was called “Locho” by her college
- Lorena’s coach is Rafael Alarcon, a former PGA
- Lorena donated money to build a school for 300 needy
children in 2006.
- Lorena loves to fish when she is not on the golf course.
She once hooked a rare a 42-kilo Roosterfish.
- Lorena climbed 17,000-foot Mt. Iztacihuatl at age 16
and finished a four-day ecothon (mountain biking, hiking, swimming,
kayaking and rappelling) at age 17.
- When Lorena makes a mistake during a tournament, she
dedicates a portion of her next practice round to eliminating it.
- Lorena’s borther, Alejandro, is an architect.
His dream is to design golf courses with his sister one day.
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Lisa Leslie, 2005
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