Ping Wraps Up Ochoa

They would have been crazy not to..

Even though Lorena Ochoa has used Ping golf equipment since she was 15 years old it will come to many people’s surprise that the world’s number one female golfer has, until now, not been an official endorsee of the company’s products.

Today, on the heels of Ochoa’s most recent victory, Ping Chairman and CEO John Solheim announced that the 25-year-old LPGA tour star has signed a multiyear endorsement deal with the company.

The deal is effective beginning with this week’s U.S. Open being played in North Carolina.

Ochoa, who won her third event of the season at last weekend’s Wegmans LPGA, will carry a PING-branded bag and use a minimum of 11 PING clubs. The Guadalajara, Mexico native will tee off this week at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club with the same clubs she’s used in her three wins this season, including a PING Rapture Driver, PING S58 Irons, a PING Rapture 5-wood, a PING Rapture 21 degree Hybrid and PING Tour Wedges.

“The addition of Lorena to our staff brings tremendous excitement to our LPGA team and our brand throughout the world,” said Solheim. “Her appeal reaches from her native Mexico, to her home tour in the United States and into key golf markets throughout Asia, Europe and South America. She’s been loyal to PING for 10 years and we’re excited to make her an official member of our team.”

Since turning professional in 2002, the 25-year-old has compiled 12 LPGA wins with PING equipment in her bag. She played PING during her two years at the University of Arizona, where she twice earned NCAA Player of the Year honors while capturing 12 wins in 20 events.

“I’ve relied on PING equipment since I was 15,” said Ochoa, who leads the 2007 LPGA money list on the strength of 11 top 10 finishes, including her three wins. “The engineering that goes into the equipment is superior to anything I’ve tried. The service provided out on tour and in Phoenix at the company’s headquarters is unbelievable. I’ve visited PING many times and have been very impressed by their passion for engineering and custom fitting. I’m excited to help PING grow its reputation as a leader in golf club technology.”

Ochoa, who was honored as the Golf Writer’s Association of America (GWAA) Female Player of the Year in 2006, joins 14 other professionals representing PING on the LPGA Tour, including multiple winners Pat Hurst, Sherri Steinhauer, Stacey Prammanasudh, Carin Koch, Dorothy Delasin and Wendy Ward.