Lorena Ochoa was named the recipient of the Charlie Bartlett Award today in part for her work with underprivileged children.
The Golf Writers’ Association of America award is given annually to a professional golfer in recognition of unselfish contributions to the betterment of society. The award, named after the GWAA’s first secretary, will be presented at the organization’s awards dinner on April 6 during Masters week at Augusta, Ga.
Ochoa, 29, a 27-time LPGA winner who retired as a full-time player last season, has made helping impoverished children a focus of her foundation. She helped build La Barranca, a school in her hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, that helps children who might not otherwise get an education. Recent Bartlett Award winners include Ernie Els (2010), Jack Nicklaus (2009), Greg Norman (2008) and Tiger Woods (2007).