Prattville – The Navistar LPGA Classic 2008 defending champion Lorena Ochoa spoke about the tournament to the media this afternoon in Prattville.
Ochoa played in the Pro-Am on Wednesday with Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Alabama Retirement Systems and had some kind words for him.
“We had a good time. I’m sure we’re not winning the Pro-Am,” said Ochoa with a smile. “He said he’s leaving for me the good shots for my tournament starting tomorrow.”
“He was very nice. For sure I want to say thank you to him for all the support that he’s given to our tournament here in Alabama.”
When asked if she would model her swing after Charles Barkley’s unique style, Ochoa replied, “I’m not even going to go there.”
In 2004, she began the Lorena Ochoa Foundation to help the impoverished children of Mexico.
“We have a school and the name of our school is La Barranca,” Ochoa said. “We’re trying to finish the construction. It’s going to be about six million pesos, and we already have half of the money.”
“That’s what we’re trying to do, just do different tournaments to support the kids and to be able to finish the construction.”
Ochoa also explained that after playing in the Pro-Am, she was ready for the tournament.
“I think I have a good plan on how to play the course,” said Ochoa. It’s playing a little bit longer because obviously it’s a little bit wet and the rough is a little bit higher. So I think it should be a little bit different than last year.”
“I’m happy to be back and I’m going to do my best to defend my title. It would be great to win on Sunday.”
Last year at the Navistar, Ochoa won her seventh victory of 2008 surviving a two-hole, sudden death playoff with Cristie Kerr and Candie Kung.
Article by Melissa Parker
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