Lorena Ochoa is a retired world-class female athlete and all around force for good. If you’ve ever had the good fortune of personally meeting her, don’t be surprised when she remembers you if you ever meet her again. She has a gift for remembering the names of people she meets and even details about your last encounter.
You can learn more about Lorena’s story from her inspiring keynote address at RootsTech Connect 2021.
The International Golf Athlete
Lorena Ochoa was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. She first swung into the professional golf world in 2002. As an athlete, she was considered the best golf player in the world for 158 consecutive weeks and has been awarded some of the most prestigious titles.
Lorena was named the Rolex Player of the Year for 2006 and 2009, and ESPY recognized her as Best Female Golfer in 2009 and 2010. In 2008, she was awarded Best International Athlete.
Because she was the winner of the National Sport Award in 2001, 2006, and 2007, Lorena is considered the most awarded golf athlete in Mexico. This 5' 6" woman of Mexican descent is certainly an influential athlete in her field, and her achievements didn’t go unnoticed. Lorena was named one of the World’s Most Powerful People in 2008 and was considered one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine in that same year.
The Lorena Ochoa Foundation
In 2010, Lorena paused her professional career as a golf player to focus on the Lorena Ochoa Foundation. The organization, which was founded in 1998, supports the education of low-income children and adolescents through academics, sports, and cultural activities.
The Lorena Ochoa Foundation also focuses on other altruistic activities and the design of golf courses.
Ochoa says of her beloved foundation work, “For me the foundation is the most beautiful thing that my career as a golfer has given me, to be able to help many boys and girls with what education is, which is the most important thing in our country.”
TV Host and Published Author
In March 2012, Lorena became the host of the TV show Vive el Golf, airing on CNN. This 30-minute show celebrates the growth of the popularity of golf in Latin America. But she didn’t stop there! In November of the same year, she published her book Dream Big. Lorena shares her experience as a pro golfer and how discipline, ethics, effort, and supporting family are keys to her successes. This biography has been translated into English and has been enjoyed all over the world.
Still Making Headlines
Lorena retired from professional golf only to take it up again briefly for competition at the Hall of Famers Golf Celebration, an exhibition event in 2012 that brought together the highest figures of international women’s golf.
In September 2017, she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. She was the first Mexican-born golfer and one of the youngest women to be honored as a member.
Lorena continues to be an active participant in all walks of life. Today, she helps with the work of the Ochoa Group and Ochoa Sports Management, Ochoa Golf Academies, and her most treasured work at the Lorena Ochoa Foundation. She is enjoying the life she has built with her husband and three children.
We are thrilled that we could hear from Lorena Ochoa at this year’s RootsTech Connect. She recently told us, “Knowing your past is very important to understanding who you are. The work that FamilySearch RootsTech Connect does is incredible. I know more about my story than I would have ever imagined.”