Lodi High and University of Texas graduate Lisa Ferrero is skipping this season on the LPGA Tour as she fights breast cancer. Ferrero, 31, was diagnosed with the disease last year and recently had her final surgery. She is recuperating at her home in Florida, looking forward to earning her place back on the tour.
“I’m not playing this year because I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Ferrero said by telephone. “I just had the last surgery, so I’m trying to get back for next year.”
Recently, Ferrero came home to Lodi and spent some time coaching with the First Tee of San Joaquin’s Golf for Girls program at Swenson Park Golf Course in Stockton. She wants to remain involved with the program, which teaches golf and a set of nine core values to children ages 7-18.
Ferrero said the LPGA is urging its players to become involved with First Tee chapters in their hometowns. Ferrero said she was only too glad to help, with assistance from Stockton Golf and Country Club pro Kelly Spooner.
“I really like doing that sort of thing and I was home, so I was like, ‘I can help out,’” Ferrero said. “So it worked out perfect.
“The kids are awesome. They have a great group.”