Lorena Ochoa and Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico
Native born Lorena Ochoa has brought a great deal of pride and excitement to Mexico as she has achieved the # 1 ranking for female golfer in the world.
This past week-end she hosted the Lorena Ochoa Invitational tournament, and she was one of the few LPGA players ever to be honored with a tournament named after her, at the Guadalajara Country Club in Guadalajara.
Perhaps the pressure of the spotlight and the tournament being played on the golf course she grew up on she was only able to tie for 14th with a -4 score. Annika Sorenstam, who Lorena overtook as #1 last year, tied for second with a -12 and the winner was Angela Stanford with -13 for the 4 day event.
Record crowds attended the event and it certainly put Guadalajara on the international golfing map with a winning purse of 1 million.
At the moment, as the global economic crisis affects the US many Mexicans are returning to Mexico from the US as money and jobs are extremely scarce.
Maybe this is a good thing as all eyes are on Lorena and home might be a wonderful place to be as national pride and opportunity is at an all time high.