- The Tournament played at “Mexico’s Pacific Treasure”, as part of the Qualifications Tour for the Woman’s Golf League, have proven to be an important breeding ground for future LPGA Champions.
Since 2010, El Tigre Golf & Country Club in Nuevo Vallarta has been hosting “The Riviera Nayarit Classic” as part of the Symetra Tour. In 2010 the winner was Cindy Lacrosse, which that same year got her entry into the LPGA Tour. In 2011 the honors went to American Ryan O’Toole, who also won her qualifications at the Maximum Category after having a very successful rally during the Symetra Tour.
Esther Choe was crowned Winner at Riviera Nayarit 2012 and by the end of the Tour qualified for the top of the Money List after attending only 6 tournaments, setting a record which surpassed even that of the Mexican Woman’s Champion, Lorena Ochoa, who’s debut as a professional was at the lead of the list but only after having played 10 tournaments.
Lorena Ochoa acknowledged that winning at the El Tigre Golf & Country Club is one of the important titles for Professional Golfers; it means joining a prestigious list and a player can then confidently assume he has a spot reserved for himself for the World’s Best Tournaments.