Thank you for attending the 2013 Safeway Classic presented by Coca-Cola. We hope you enjoyed your experience!
This survey is being conducted by the LPGA and the LPGA Tournament Owners Association with compilation and…]]>
Thank you for attending the 2013 Safeway Classic presented by Coca-Cola. We hope you enjoyed your experience!
This survey is being conducted by the LPGA and the LPGA Tournament Owners Association with compilation and analysis of information by the LIGHT Institute of Richard Stockton College and the Center for Regional and Business Research at Atlantic Cape Community College. The information you provide will be used to estimate the economic impact of the Safeway Classic presented by Coca-Cola on the economy of Multnomah County.
All replies will be anonymous meaning your responses will be kept confidential and will not be attributed to you as an individual.
Please answer all questions as accurately as you can, responses do not have to be exact.
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Kongkraphan shot a 4-under-par 68 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club to win the…]]>
Kongkraphan shot a 4-under-par 68 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club to win the qualifier and earn a spot in her third LPGA Tour event.
Merkle, an amateur who played in a twosome with Kongkraphan, shot a 69 to tie Madeleine Sheils for second, then beat Sheils with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole.
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Park is riding the momentum of an historic season in which she won the first three major championships and took the top spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. Lewis had a brief stint at #1 earlier this year and made great strides in closing the gap on Park’s lead with her win this month at St. Andrews in the Ricoh Women’s British Open. 2011 Safeway Classic champion Pettersen is riding the momentum of a strong Solheim Cup performance.
The field includes eight past champions including Mika Miyazato, Pettersen, Ai Miyazato (2010), Mi Jung (MJ) Hur (2009), Cristie Kerr (2008), Pat Hurst (2006), Hee-Won Han (2004) and Juli Inkster (1999). These players are scheduled to be joined by top Americans, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, Angela Stanford, Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis, and Michelle Wie.
The Safeway Classic will be 72-hole tournament for the first time in its history and will be played from Thursday Aug. 29 -Sunday September 1. The event returns to Columbia Edgewater Country Club after four years at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club’s Ghost Creek Course. The purse for the event this year is $1.3 million. All four days of tournament play will be broadcast on Golf Channel. Pro-Am events and practice rounds will be held from Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 26-28.
“Safeway is pleased with the commitment from the world’s best golfers to join us in Portland,” said Mike Minasi, President of Marketing for Safeway. “Having a world class event includes having a strong field of participants, and that is certainly the case this year.”
“This has been a year of amazing accomplishments by the LPGA players and we are excited to see what they can do in Portland,” said Tom Maletis, President of Tournament Golf Foundation, the tournament organizer. “The players and fans have always appreciated the traditional design and tree-lined fairways of Columbia Edgewater Country Club.”
Proceeds from the event benefit children’s charities in Oregon and has raised over $14 million during the 17 years with Safeway as title sponsor, and over $17 million in the 41-year history of the event.
The best value for fans interested in attending the Safeway Classic is the “buy one, get one free” ticket promotion at all Safeway TicketsWest locations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Daily tickets are $10 and weekly tickets are $25. Children under 17 get in free with a ticketed adult.
For more information on the Safeway Classic, or to learn about volunteer opportunities visit www.safewayclassic.com.]]>
SooBin Kim of the University of Washington won the Safeway Amateur Open on Monday in a playoff. Kim, who is entering her junior season this fall, shot a 3-under 68…]]>
SooBin Kim of the University of Washington won the Safeway Amateur Open on Monday in a playoff. Kim, who is entering her junior season this fall, shot a 3-under 68 to tie with Taylor Babcock. She won the playoff with a par on the second playoff hole. The win earns her a sponsor exemption to play with the best professionals on the LPGA tour at the Safeway Classic August 29 – September 1 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, OR.
Kim was selected First Team All Pac-12 in 2013, the first Husky so honored since Paige MacKenzie, currently an LPGA professional, in 2008. Currently 14th on the GOLWEEK College Rankings, Kim was the top ranked college player entering last season. She played junior and high school golf in the Vancouver, BC area and has no prior LPGA experience.
“I’m really happy I came here to Portland all the way from Vancouver and played so well,” Kim said after the trophy presentation. “I birdied 16 and 17 which helped me finish strong. I was sinking lots of putts today.”
Babcock played collegiately at Barry University and is a Lakeridge High School (Lake Oswego, OR) graduate. Her second-place finish earned her one of two amateur spots in the Safeway Classic Monday Qualifier on August 26.
Joining Babcock in that qualifier will be 2010 Safeway Classic Amateur Open champion Kristina Merkle. Merkle played her college golf at Tulsa University and flew from her home state of Hawaii for this tournament. She tied Monica Vaughn of Reedsport, OR for third place with a score of 70. Because Vaughn begins her freshman year at Arizona State this month, she conceded the second spot in the Monday Qualifier to Merkle.
“Two players posting 68 shows that we had another great field of players today ,” said Tom Maletis, President of Tournament Golf Foundation. “It will be exciting to see how these three players compare to the best players in the world in a few weeks.”
This year’s Safeway Classic will be the 42nd edition. The tournament has raised over $17 million for local children’s charities in Oregon through the Safeway Foundation since 1972, including at least $1 million each of the past seven years.
For more information on the Safeway Classic and Tournament Golf Foundation, visit their website at www.safewayclassic.com
Safeway Classic Amateur Open
Langdon Farms Golf Club
** winner in playoff
First Name Last Name Score
SooBin Kim ** 68
Taylor Babcock 68
Kristina Merkle 70
Monica Vaughn 70
Kendall Prince 71
Seshia-Lei Telles 71
Megan Haase 72
Cali Hipp 72
Janet Zhang 72
Caroline Inglis 73
Shu-Yin Liu 73
Kaitlyn Oster 73
Kayla Riede 73
ARam Choi 74
Alexis Keating 75
Sydney Kersten 75
Monica Petchakan 75
Kate Hildahl 76
Hayley Mortensen 76
Aaren Ziegler 76
Jillian Carlile 77
Nicole Gaddie 77
Lauryn Keating 77
Ashlee Pickerell 77
Morgan Thompson 77
Hannah Swanson 78
Taylor Camany 79
Rosie Cook 80
Hannah Kim 80
Gigi Stoll 80
Shawn Farmer 81
Kelly Miller 83
Laura Thijssen 83
Gretchen Johnson 84
Lori Pearson 85
Brittany Wagener 89
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The Safeway Classic Amateur Open will be…]]>
The Safeway Classic Amateur Open will be held at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, OR (fifteen minutes south of Portland) on Monday, August 12, beginning at 7:00 AM. Any woman amateur golfer with an established USGA handicap of 2.0 or less is eligible to compete.
The winner of the event will earn a guaranteed spot in the 72-hole Safeway Classic tournament proper to be held August 29 – September 1, at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, OR. The second and third place finishers will earn spots alongside professionals in the tournament’s Monday qualifier to be held on Monday, August 26th. The top two finishers from the qualifier will also earn entry into the Safeway Classic.
According to Tom Maletis, President of Tournament Golf Foundation, “Supporting women’s golf at both the professional and amateur levels has been important to TGF since its inception. Providing amateurs with the chance to test their games against the pros has become a tremendously rewarding tradition for us.”
Eight former Safeway Classic Amateur Open participants have gone on to become members of the LPGA (Ayaka Kaneko, Paige Mackenzie, Jennie Lee, Sydnee Michaels, Jane Rah, Tiffany Joh, Mi Jung (MJ) Hur, and Ryann O’Toole). Mi Jung Hur won the Safeway Classic in 2009, just two years after participating in the Safeway Classic Amateur Open.
Last year, Lee Lopez of UCLA won the Safeway Classic Amateur Open in a three-way playoff with Aram Choi (Portland State) and Seshia-Lei Telles (Oregon State). Choi and Telles earned spots in the Monday qualifier for the Safeway Classic.
The Safeway Classic Amateur Open will have a $95 entry fee and players can get an application by calling the Tournament Golf Foundation office at 503-626-2711 or by visiting the news section of the tournament web site, www.safewayclassic.com. Entry deadline for the event will be August 8, 2013.
The Safeway Classic is the oldest non-major championship on the LPGA Tour. The event, originally called the Portland Classic, has now donated over $17 million to local children’s charities since its inception in 1972, with $14 million coming in the past 17 years with Safeway as title sponsor.
The 2013 edition of the The Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola will be held at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, OR. The purse for the event will be $1.3 million. The tournament will be broadcast on The Golf Channel all four days. Mika Miyazato won the 2012 Safeway Classic.
Tournament Golf Foundation is a local Portland area group of volunteers who donate their time and provide the primary operations for the annual event. Begun in 1972, the group is now comprised of 38 local individuals and couples.
Langdon Farms Golf Club is ranked as the #1 course to host tournaments and corporate events in Portland, Oregon and rated four out of five stars by Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play. Designed by John Fought and Robert Cupp, Langdon Farms opened for play in 1995 and is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management.
For more information on the Safeway Classic and Tournament Golf Foundation, visit www.safewayclassic.com or call 503-626-2711. For more information on Langdon Farms Golf Club or for practice rounds, visit www.langdonfarms.com or call 503-678-4653.]]>
March 19, 2013
The Safeway Classic will bring the LPGA back to Columbia-Edgewater Country Club this year, Tournament Golf Foundation (TGF) announced today. The tournament has been held the past four…]]>
March 19, 2013
The Safeway Classic will bring the LPGA back to Columbia-Edgewater Country Club this year, Tournament Golf Foundation (TGF) announced today. The tournament has been held the past four years at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains.
Prior to 2009, Columbia-Edgewater played host to the LPGA tournament 26 times and was consistently rated as the player’s favorite course on tour. Columbia Edgewater first hosted the tournament in 1974 and has produced great champions including World Golf Hall of Fame members JoAnne Carner, Judy Rankin, Donna Caponi, Kathy Whitworth, Sandra Haynie, Ayako Okamoto, Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan, Juli Inkster and Annika Sorenstam. 2013 marks the 42nd year that TGF has brought the LPGA to Portland.
“We are very excited to return to the venue that has been so popular with the LPGA players and fans,” says Tom Maletis, President of Tournament Golf Foundation. “Pumpkin Ridge provided a great four-year experience that included the tournament’s largest crowds. It is fortunate that we have two of the LPGA’s best venues in Portland.”
“Columbia Edgewater is thrilled to welcome back the LPGA in 2013,” said club President Tom Pierce. “We have enjoyed our relationship with TGF and the LPGA and look forward to a great experience for players, fans and club members this August.”
Safeway will remain title sponsor for the 18th year. The purse for the 2013 tournament will be $1.3 million. Dates are Aug. 29-Sept. 1. This year the tournament will be a four-day, 72-hole event. The event has previously been a 54-hole event, one of very few on tour. Mika Miyazato won the 2012 title. All four days of the event will be broadcast on the Golf Channel.
Proceeds from the event benefit children’s charities in Oregon. Through 2012, the event has raised over $17 million for charity. The 2012 event donated $1 million to area non-profits.
Tournament Golf Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, is a local Portland area group of volunteers who donate their time and provide the primary operation for the annual event. TGF is the longest running organization owning an LPGA tournament and the Portland event is the oldest non-major on the LPGA tour.]]>
Safeway Classic generates $1 Million for Local Children’s Charities for Seventh Consecutive Year
Tournament Golf Foundation (TGF) and the Safeway Foundation, today announced that local children’s charities would benefit from $1 million in proceeds from the 2012 Safeway Classic. This was the seventh consecutive year and eighth in total that the tournament has generated at least $1 million for charity.
The 2012 Safeway Classic presented by Coca-Cola was the 41st year of the LPGA tour event in Portland. Originally called the Portland Classic, the tournament has now donated more than $17 million to local children’s charities since 1972, with $14 million coming in the past seventeen years with Safeway as title sponsor.
The Safeway Foundation and Tournament Golf Foundation will disburse the funds to local organizations in Oregon. The main charities from the 2012 event include Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, Trillium Family Services, Police Activities League, Easter Seals of Oregon, the Evans Scholars Foundation, the Children’s Course and Oregon Junior Golf. In addition, other local children’s charities will be impacted with supplemental distributions from the 2012 tournament.
“Thanks to the incredible support of Safeway, our other sponsors, our volunteers and LPGA fans, we are pleased that we were able to meet our goals for giving from the 2012 tournament,” said Tom Maletis, President of Tournament Golf Foundation. “Helping local children’s charities is what the Safeway Classic has been about for over 40 years and we know that the giving from this event makes a major impact on our charitable partners each year.”
“Safeway is proud of its affiliation with this event, the LPGA and Tournament Golf Foundation. What we’re most excited about is the fact that the event is again able to raise such significant money each year for important children’s charities in the greater Portland area,” said Steve Frisby, President of the Northwest Division of Safeway.
Mika Miyazato won the 2012 event by two shots over Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park, the 2012 Vare Trophy winner. This was Miyazato’s first win on the LPGA tour.
Tournament Golf Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, is a local Portland area group of volunteers who donate their time and provide the primary operations for the annual event. TGF is the longest running organization owning an LPGA tournament and the Safeway Classic is the oldest non-major on the LPGA tour.
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales. The company operates 1,644 stores in the United States and western Canada, and had sales of $43.6 billion in 2011. The company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.
For more information on the Safeway Classic and Tournament Golf Foundation, visit www. safewayclassic.com. For more information on Safeway Stores or the Safeway Foundation, visit www.safeway.com.]]>
LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament
LPGA International- Champions & Legends Courses
Daytona Beach, Florida
Final-round Notes and Interviews
December 2, 2012
Final Round Results
Rebecca Lee-Bentham sank a 60-foot birdie putt on the final hole of LPGA Final Qualifying to earn co-medalist honors with Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn. The Toronto native started the day six strokes off the lead but carded five birdies in her bogey-free round for a share of the top spot with Jutanugarn at 13-under par.
“I wasn’t really thinking about coming in first or anything,” said Lee-Bentham. “I just wanted to play well and focus on striking it well and making putts. I’ve been waiting for this for a while. It’s been a long grind for everybody out here.”
Jutanugarn finished 2-over for the day and had her worst score of the week by four strokes. It was her first round without a birdie and broke a 47-hole bogey-free streak on the par 4 10th. She would also bogey No. 12. The teenager kept things in perspective after a tough round and realized she accomplished her original goal.
“I’m so happy to get my card,” said Jutanugarn. “I got it and that was my goal.”
Ayako Uehara of Japan finished third at 12-under after she carded a final-round 3-under 69.
2012 LPGA Tour rookie Kathleen Ekey saved her best round for last and shot the low round of the week on Sunday with a 7-under 65. She jumped from T14 to sole position in fourth place.
“I knew I needed to play well,” said Ekey. “It’s so easy today to press, press, press so I really tried to stay patient.”
She would card three birdies on the front nine and four on the back in her bogey-free round. The Ohio native said finishing in the top-20 relieves some of the frustration she had through her first year on Tour.
“After I had such a good year in 2011, and then this year, I had really high expectations for myself,” said Ekey. “It was so hard for me. I really struggled and it was really, really hard. I’m just so happy I kept pushing and kept working and am so blessed it worked out this way.”
Rolex Rankings No. 19 Chie Arimura (70) and former University of Southern California standout Lisa McClosky (71) tied for fifth. Arimura said she wasn’t only playing for herself to get her card this week but for all of her fellow JLPGA players back in Japan.
“I wanted to do well for them,” said Arimura. “I didn’t want to come up short and have them think that this will be a tough road for all of us. So that was where the pressure was this week.”
Current LPGA members Laura Diaz (72) and Karlin Beck (70) will improve their status for the 2013 season after finishing the week T8 at 6-under.
Stephanie Sherlock joins Lee-Bentham as the second Canadian to fill a spot in the top-20 this year and finished 10th after a 2-over 74 in the final round.
A group of six players finished T11 including Kayla Mortellaro (67), Kim Welch (68), Brooke Pancake (70), Austin Ernst (70), Caroline Masson (71) and Marina Stuetz (71).
Mortellaro, a University of Idaho grad, said that she kept her nerves in check before and throughout her round. She was T39 to start the final round and put together her best round of the week with a bogey-free 5-under 67.
“I actually wasn’t nervous at all,” said Mortellaro. “I was just concentrated on that cliché of one shot at a time. I had no idea of the scores throughout the day. I just needed to ask where I stood. It’s kind of shocking at the moment.”
Welch also made one of the big jumps of the day when she matched her first-round 68 for her low round of the week. She moved from T30 to a tie for 11th.
A seven-player tie for the final four spots in the top-20 forced a playoff that was pushed to a five-hole sudden death finale. Lauren Doughtie, Taylore Karle, Nicole Jeray, Irene Cho, Kelly Jacques, Breanna Elliot and Jiayun Li battled out in a three-hole aggregate on Nos. 9, 10 and 18. Karle and Doughtie would both birdie the last two holes to finish 2-under to secure their spots.
Jeray, Cho, Jacques and Elliot were faced with sudden death for the two remaining spots, and it took the foursome two holes to close out the tournament. After they each pared the par 4 10th, the group played out the 18th hole where Jeray and Cho both birdied to earn exempt status for 2013. Jeray sank a 20-foot putt on 18 to cap off her 19th appearance at LPGA Q School. Cho overcame a case of shaky hands through a two-foot putt to sink the final putt of the week.
“By far the most nerve racking putt of my life,” said Cho. “I learned a lot about my game this week. About my endurance and patience. But just a lot of emotions right now. I couldn’t be happier.”
Twenty-eight additional players also earned 2013 LPGA membership. Those finishing 21st through 45thgained Category 17 status for next season. For full results, click here.
To say that Lizette Salas stumbled upon the game of golf as an accident wouldn’t be farfetched. Salas’s father, Ramon Salas, has been working at Azusa Greens golf course for over 30 years and when her brother disliked the game, Lizette picked up right where he left off.
“My dad has been working at Azusa Greens golf course for 30‑plus years and he’s the head mechanic there,” said Salas. ‘It was my brother supposed to play but he didn’t like it, so I’m the youngest of three, so I went out there and just kind of took it as a hobby.”
Salas’s newfound hobby proved to be just what she needed to help her achieve her longtime goal of attending college but the Azusa, Calif. native got more out of the experience than what she originally bargained for.
“Yeah, that was my first and foremost goal when I was a child is that I knew golf can get me into school,” said Salas. “I was the first person in my family to graduate from college and I think that’s another reason why I stayed. I wanted to win four national championships and that’s why I stayed.”
Salas, a rookie on this year’s LPGA Tour, not only played collegiate golf but was the University of Southern California’s (USC) first four-time All-American. Immediately after college, Salas turned her attention to professional golf and after spending one year on the Symetra Tour, she moved onto the LPGA in dramatic fashion.
“I think I was in 21st or just outside the Top 20 and I made a birdie on the final hole to get into a nine‑way playoff,” said Salas. “I just went straight to the putting green and I knew it was going to come down to putting. I didn’t know the whole playoff situation, so they came up to us and they’re like okay, there’s nine of you. Then we asked how many spots are there and they just said three. We’re like oh, shoot.”
Faced with a difficult task ahead of her, Salas rose to the occasion birding the three playoff holes to solidify her spot on this year’s LPGA Tour and earning her the nickname, “Miss Clutch”.
Then, she did something really impressive.
At the extremely young age of 28 and seemingly at the peak of her game, Ochoa retired from golf and began altering lives instead of record books. Now, as the LPGA prepares for this week’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico, it has never been more clear: The only golfer ever to upstage Lorena Ochoa is Lorena Ochoa.
“I wanted to be remembered for the things I did outside the golf course,” Ochoa said. “Not for winning tournaments.”
When Ochoa’s surprising decision was made public April 20, 2010, she indicated it was powered by the desire to start and raise a family. And she told the truth. The previous December Ochoa had married Andres Conesa, CEO of Aeromexico, and was soon expecting the couple’s first child. Son Pedro was born last December.
“It’s been amazing, for sure my life changed after having Pedro,” Ochoa said. “And you know what, I say one more time, I think I made the right decision stepping away from the competition”
But 2 ½ years after her retirement, it is clear Ochoa’s calling was far greater and not nearly as private as first assumed.
“I knew she was retiring earlier than most of the players but when she started to consider the possibility seriously I was surprised,” said brother Alejandro, who serves as her manager. “Until I know the reasons and projects she had in mind.”
The reasons were complete unselfishness, benevolence, grace and virtue.
Quite, unassuming and humble throughout her career, Ochoa was just as modest with her post-golf plans, but now the reasons for her decision stand like a career grand slam of goodness.
Throwing her energies into the Lorena Ochoa Foundation, the golfer, who will turn 31 later this month, has been busy impacting lives in ways that simply cannot be adequately appreciated.
Born and raised in Guadalajara, Ochoa is the third of four children of a real estate developer and an artist. Growing up, she attended private Roman Catholic schools. On weekends her classes would visit poorer sections of the community to give out food and teach others to pray. She became a regular in a group of girls who took mission trips to the mountains each year to paint churches and play soccer.
Ochoa’s was always a giving spirit and almost immediately after finding success on the LPGA she struggled to decide how best to give back. She has talked about praying and seeking advice from priests, nuns and close friends in an effort to find the right avenue.
“It is in your heart that you want to help others and want to change somebody else’s life,” Ochoa said.
And finally the calling became obvious.
“Everything happened at the right time,“ she said.
The school named La Barranca is located near Guadalajara. It was founded in 1998 to support underprivileged children, but for all its good work, things had gotten tough.
Immediately after turning professional in 2002, Ochoa helped with financial donations, but the school was still struggling to continue its work. Now, aided by funds raised in part by this week’s tournament, the Lorena Ochoa Foundation provides 100 percent of the operating costs.
The impact on some 250 children and their families is priceless.
According to the education center’s Website only 9.3 percent of Mexico’s population can read or write; only 31.6 percent of the Mexican population finishes primary school; and the average schooling of the country is just the fourth grade.
To take on these issues, the school supports underprivileged children with education based on the development of thought, expression, dialogue, art, teamwork, and social improvement within the community. Involvement by parents is required.
“I think it’s nothing better than being able to help,” Ochoa said. “I think in a way it’s a responsibility, you know, being a professional athlete and having the opportunity to reach out. I’ve always done this from the bottom of my heart. It’s a very unique opportunity, and I’m trying to be responsible, you know, and to do it the right way.
“You can’t compare winning tournaments. I think both are great, but right now, what I’m able to do is to work as hard as I can and help as many kids and as many families as I can, and that’s my priority. I’m enjoying that role a lot and I’m going to continue that.”
Adds brother Alejandro: “I think at the end, Lorena will be remembered as the great player she was, but more for what she did caring for needy people of her country.”
Two years ago, after winning I.K. Kim of South Korea, was so impressed she donated half of her prize money to the Lorena Ochoa Foundation. Also, she asked for a return visit several months later to visit La Barranca and meet many of the students.
“It’s nothing to compare to what Lorena does with her foundation,” Kim said of her donation. “I was really humble going there and seeing all the kids so happy. I mean, they do have a lot of good different activities for the kids and I think, you know, what she does is really — means a lot to the kids but also to their families.”
Last year, winner Catriona Matthew called her victory an honor.
“That makes it so much more special,” she said. “Lorena is doing such good work with her foundation. You come and you think I’m not doing enough when you see all the things she does, so to have won her tournament is a special moment for me.”
But Ochoa, who now lives in Mexico City, hasn’t stopped there. Earlier this year, during the Kraft Nabisco in Palm Springs, Calif., she announced the formation of the Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation, with an expressed purpose of providing minorities in the United States opportunities for family through health, education and inclusion programs delivered through golf activities.
The pilot program is underway in Southern California with plans to move into Texas and Florida as early as next year.
All that leaves Ochoa with little time free time these days, but she does manage to remain occasionally active in the game she loves. One of those opportunities is this week when she will tee it up competitively in the event that carries her name.
“I am very excited and a little bit nervous because it will be difficult for me to play my best golf,” she said. “But the good news is I get to come back and say ‘hi’ to all my friends and welcome all the players. I’m really excited. We’ll see how it goes.”
One thing for certain.
Ochoa will give her best.
Nov. 7, 2012