This week’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and Jalisco marks the fifth consecutive week of tournaments for first-round co-leader Symetra Tour Alum Candie Kung. Kung arrived in Guadalajara, Meixco late Monday night after last week’s Mizuno Classic in Japan.
“It’s my fifth and next week is going to be sixth,” said Kung. “I was pretty tired, I got here on Monday, midnight and actually slept all the way through Tuesday and yesterday I slept pretty good too. I went to bed at 7 and I actually feel really good today. I feel like a new person after the last 4 weeks.”
While Kung, who is looking to notch her first win since the 2008 Hana Bank-KOLON Championship, admits to being sleep deprived, she is still enjoying her time this week in Mexico.
“It is awesome to come here every year, I‘ve been here ever since the first one,” said Kung. “So this will be the fifth year here so I feel welcomed every time we‘re here. Love the people here. Everybody is really friendly. I don’t know much about Spanish but I know a few words and I love the tequila and the margaritas here.”
Kung has played in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and Jalisco since its inaugural year in 2008 and has finished no better than T18 which makes Thursday’s first round a bit of a surprise for the four-time LPGA Tour winner.
“No, I did not expect this at all,” said Kung of her first-round 66. “I’ve been here like I said this is my fifth year and I haven’t done well at all, last four so I just kind of go out there and play my way around and I happened to have 7 birdies.”