Named after one of the greatest and most respected women golfers in history, the award is presented annually to the worlds most outstanding female amateur. The inaugural winner was Kellee Booth, who is now an LPGA Tour professional. In 2001, Aree Wongluekiet (now Aree Song) captured the award. And last year the winner was Meredith Duncan.
The award is a key facet of the relationship between Nancy Lopez and the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez. As the event s official host, Lopez will present the award to Ochoa at a gala banquet to be held Thursday night of tournament week. Along with the award comes a sponsor invitation to compete in the tournament. Since Ochoa is now an LPGA Tour member, her sponsor exemption was given to Michelle Wie. In addition, the tournament is donating $1,000 in Ochoas name to La Barranca in Guadalajara and AIM for the Handicapped.
I am very proud to win this award both for myself and my country. It is a
very special honor to receive an award from Nancy Lopez because I have
followed her footsteps since I was little, said Ochoa. Nancy has always
been very kind to me and helped and encouraged me over the last few years.