Alejandra Llaneza, a 2012 rookie on the Symetra Tour, will compete in the fifth-annual Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex and Jalisco this week in Guadalajara. Six of the top-10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings are included in the field of 36 this week in Mexico. The star-studded group will be vying for a $150,000 first-place prize from its $1 million purse.
A Mexico City native, Llaneza is making her eighth appearance in an LPGA event, the first as a professional. She played in the Mastercard Classic from 2005-2007 and 2009 and the Corona Morelia Championship from 2005-2007 and will be looking to make her first cut at a Tour event. The University of Arizona grad had one top-10 finish on the Symetra Tour in her rookie season at the Tate & Lyle Players Championship and added three more top-25 finishes. Llaneza received the award for the top Mexican finisher at this year’s Riviera Nayarit Classic in Nuevo Vallarta where she finished T23. She was a five-time Junior National Champion in Mexico and was a member of the 2008 Mexican National Team at the World Amateur Golf Team Championships.
The event also marks the first appearance in an LPGA event by 27-time LPGA winner and tournament host Lorena Ochoa. The LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member has roots on the Symetra Tour and is one of many players to get her start on the Road to the LPGA. She recorded three wins in 2002 as a Symetra Tour rookie and finished first on the money list, earning her LPGA Tour card and Player of the Year honors.