The mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera Espinoza, announced the seventh edition of the “Lorena Ochoa Invitational” golf tournament for 2014. The event turns Mexico City into the host of a world class event since the best female golfers will compete in the event. The event also helps strengthen the City’s plans to grow sporting tourism.
Mancer Espinoza, who was joined by Lorena Ochoa, said the 2014 edition gives the City an opportunity to highlight a “City in peace, that welcomes athletes, in this case women who play golf from all over the world to come here and get to know our City and all it has to offer in cuisine, culture, everything that a friendly city like Mexico City has to offer.”
Lorena Ochoa, the Guadalajara native, highlighted the importance this event has in the golf world, “This event is not only the most important event Mexico City hosts but the most important event our country hosts because when we welcome the world’s 36 best golfers it becomes one of the main events on a worldwide scale and on the LPGA Tour and for me it’s a pleasure being in a better place for the event such as the capital.”
The tournament, which will take place November 13- 16, 2014 and will take place annually through 2016 at the Club de Golf Mexico, has a worldwide impact as it is broadcast in over 160 countries around the world.
One of the other highlights of the event is that it awards points toward the Rolex Rankings giving Mexican competitors the chance to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Ochoa mentioned, “at this very moment Alejandra Llaneza and Margarita Ramos are the 2 best Mexican players and they could potentially come to this event and earn their spot for the Olympic games. I would love to join them as a coach or in another capacity in Rio to share my experiences, we’d also like to invite the best Mexican amateur, Gaby Lopez who is currently the highest ranked.”
Horacio de la Vega, the director of Indeporte Mexico City, thanked Lorena Ochoa and the interest in bringing to Mexico City the next 3 editions of the prestigious tournament. “This event goes hand in hand with what we’re looking for in the Federal District; the phrase “sporting tourism” is one of the priorities of this city and is being used more because of these types of events. Aside from promoting sport, we also promote our culture and history and I’m sure that the Lorena Ochoa Invitational will be a complete success in its new home.”
For the 2014 edition, Ochoa, the host will only compete in the Pro-am. However, she committed to train so that next year she could play and participate in all 4 days of play.
The event, which took place at the Altar a la Patria, in the first section of the Chapultepec forest was also attended by the LPGA’s Chief Communications Officer, Kraig Kann; the President of the Mexican Golf Federation, Jorge Kahwagi Gastine; the Vice-Director for Quality for Sport of CONADE, Othon Diaz Valenzuela; the Director of Marketing for Banamex, Diego Cosio Barto as well as the director for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Alejandro Ochoa; the president of the Administrative Council for Club de Golf Mexico, Mario Zertuche Diaz and the Director of the Fund for Tourism Promotion for the Federal District, Armando Lopez Cardenas, among others.