Lorena Ochoa Invitational loses funding

The Lorena Ochoa Invitational will not be televised in 2013 due to the local government withdrawing its financial support.

The Lorena Ochoa Invitational will not be televised in 2013 due to the local government withdrawing its financial support.

The Lorena Ochoa Invitational has confirmed that the state government has pulled its financial support from the tournament, according to Guadalajara’s Mural newspaper. From 2008 to '11, the government annually gave $1 million to the event, and it was mainly used to pay for TV coverage. It’s very likely that this year’s event won’t be televised.

“It is very difficult to see that the people or the entity that receives more benefits from the tournament act as if they didn’t,” Ochoa’s brother and agent, Alejandro, told Mural. “So if there is another state, I am sure that the tournament could leave because it is the best event of the country. We will start to consider it next year.”

The Lorena Ochoa Invitational is the last Mexican tournament on the LPGA’s schedule. At the height of Ochoa’s career, there were three. This year’s tournament, in Ochoa’s hometown of Guadalajara, is scheduled for Nov. 14-17.

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