Fighting Hunger

GAB_4847

LPGA golfers Sydney Michaels and Stacey Keating helped Kraft Foods pack the NWA Food Bank’s truck with over 1.5 tons of food on Thursday in a ceremony held in front of the Pinnacle Country Club Clubhouse. In addition to the donated food, Kraft Foods and tournament presented the food bank with a $10,000 donation to help fight hunger in Northwest Arkansas. The NWA Food Bank serves over 700,000 people annually in Benton, Washington, Madison and Carroll counties.

Golf for the Next Generation

GAB_4657

The Mattel Junior Clinic was hosted on Thursday, June 27 at Pinnacle Country Club for local children with an interest in golf. Razorback women’s golf coach Shauna Estes Taylor hosted a two-hour clinic with over 100 participants from the Boys & Girls Club, The First Tee and Pinnacle Country Club Junior Golfers. LPGA player Brooke Pancake and tournament sponsor exemption Gabby Lopez stopped by to offer their tips and tricks to the up and coming golfers. The clinic was hosted with the purpose of promoting the game of golf to juniors in Northwest Arkansas. 

Northwest Arkansas Makes the Kindest Cut

GAB_4407

The annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths was held Wednesday night at the John Q. Hammons Center, hosted by Neile Jones and Gisel Ruiz with special guests Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis, and Razorback football coach Bret Bielema with his wife Jen.  Over 300 ponytails were collected, consisting of eight inches of hair each to make real-hair wigs for cancer patients. Included in that count were five LPGA players—Megan McChrystal, Tiffany Joh, Jacqui Concolino, Stacey Keating and Cindy LaCrosse, who also cut their hair for the cause.

In addition to the exciting event last night, students from area schools got involved during the last week of May at satellite cuts held in Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville public schools. During the aptly-named Pantene Beautiful Lengths Week an additional 82 ponytails were collected. 

Gift for the Kids

10514611_10152495038413334_3507911943791404504_n

Cancer Challenge, Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G Announce $100,000 Gift to Support Pediatric Cancer Clinic Expansion at Centers for Children in Lowell

The expansion of the hematology/oncology clinic at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences collaborative will provide local access to specialized pediatric cancer care.

On Wednesday, June 25, the Cancer Challenge and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G jointly announced a $100,000 contribution to Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) to support the expansion of a pediatric cancer clinic at the Centers for Children in Lowell. The Centers for Children is a collaborative of ACH and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Pediatrics.

As part of the ACH statewide network of care, the Centers for Children at Lowell provides specialty health care closer to home for families in Northwest Arkansas. Patients can schedule clinic visits and follow-up medical care at Centers instead of making the drive to the Little Rock campus.

The gift from the tournament and Cancer Challenge will expand the current hematology/oncology clinic at the Centers, allowing more patients to see physicians for specialized appointments and procedures.

The contribution is a direct result of a $100,000 gift that was made to the Cancer Challenge as part of last year’s tournament.

“When we received this contribution from the tournament last year, they asked us to utilize the gift to make a true difference in Northwest Arkansas, “ said Brock Gearhart, chair of the Cancer Challenge Board of Directors. “ This gift will enable better and closer care for children battling cancer in in this region. This gift will make a difference.”

Tournament Chairman Jay Allen explained, “The mission of our tournament is first and foremost to add to the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. Giving back to the community in significant ways is part of that mission, and this gift further supports that mission.”

Fred Scarborough, President of the ACH Foundation added, “Arkansas Children’s Hospital is committed to improving the health of children across the entire state of Arkansas. We believe that creating easy access to subspecialty care closer to home will result in more treatment options for children, less travel for families and a faster time to healing. We are very grateful to the LPGA event and the Cancer Challenge for helping create the possibility of a healthier future for children in northwest Arkansas.”

This gift is being celebrated as part of the Century of Possibility Centennial Campaign, which will raise $160 million in support of pediatric care, research, education and prevention programs at ACH. The campaign has already raised $149 million and will conclude in December 2014. 

Wednesday, June 24 Pro-Am Pairings

  1st Tee – Morning
7:00 STACY LEWIS
  Ryan Harrington, Mike Fandrich, Shawn O'Grady, Keith Woodward
7:10 BRITTANY LINCICOME
  Scott Tassani, Adam Dill, Jim Murphy, Mark Wilhite
7:20 LIZETTE SALAS
  Jeff Davis, Gisel Ruiz, Jeff McAllister, Carlos Doubleday
7:30 AI MIYAZATO
  Yoshikazu Uemura, Hideaki Funakoshi, Ernie Padalino, Yoichi Kanazawa
7:40 MEENA LEE
  Ron Cole, Brian Werner, Jack See, Brian Sorenson
7:50 DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL
  Samuel Reeves, Rhonda Justice-Neal, Geoff Edwards, Scott Pleiman
8:00 INBEE PARK
  Tj Rooney, Don Quigley, Todd Hanus, Dex Mack
8:10 MINA HARIGAE
  Jentry Jones, Jennifer Sparks, Brooke Buchanan, Scott Draper
8:20 ANGELA STANFORD
  Deanna Boren, Chad Spencer, Brian Mollner, Chad Atchley
8:30 LINE VEDEL
  Greg Little, Brett Huyser, Ty Ott, Ernie Munoz
8:40 SE RI PAK
  Stacey Barnes, Holli Hill, Scotti Williamson, Jennifer Booher
8:50 JENNY SUH
  David Lawing, Curtis Foote, Randall Mertes, Derek Burnett
9:00 ALEJANDRA LLANEZA
  Karen Jennings, Bob Jennings, Donn Lux, Steve Gall
  10th Tee – Morning
7:00 JENNIFER ROSALES
  Rachel Zander, Chris Vitella, Jim Freudenberg, David Caraballo
7:10 CATRIONA MATTHEW
  Bolette Andersen, Randall Potter, Eugene Kublanov, Jarrod Bassman
7:20 SHANSHAN FENG
  Perry Sook, Brian Jones, Neile Jones, Travis Woods
7:30 SANDRA GAL
  Hayden Crockett, Brian Chesemore, Bret Van De Bovenkamp, Kevin Klein
7:40 PORNANONG PHATLUM
  Brent Horn, Christopher Sommer, Phil Dabill, Linda Dabill
7:50 MO MARTIN
  John George, Jerry Walton, Timmy Graham, Mike Anderson
8:00 KARINE ICHER
  Linda Lauschke, Jim Doherty, Jacob Hutson, David McQueen
8:10 IRENE COE
  Rick Martin, Bob Howard, Kelly Lovell, Carl Urquizu
8:20 JODI EWART SHADOFF
  Jason Nichol, Don Cannon, Denny Belcastro, Chris Baumhover
8:30 ALISON WALSHE
  Hubie Nelson, Geordie Shaw, David Hardy, Michael Cooper
8:40 BECKY MORGAN
  Scott Roberts, Scott Salmon, Jeff Sattler, Kristin Schweitzer
8:50 CHELLA CHOI
  John Kelly, Chuck Cook, Derek Phillips, Dan Lyons
9:00 MEGAN MCCHRYSTAL
  Walt Gallagher, Joe Mueller, David Mackay, Taytum Billington

 

  1st Tee – Afternoon
12:00 PAOLA MORENO
  Jonathon Martin, Ethan Pennington, John Reilman, Neal Delett
12:10 JENNIFER JOHNSON
  Andy Barron, Dave Faber, Tom Evans, Rick Webb
12:20 CHRISTINA KIM
  TJ Parks, Kevin Hurt, Nick Dozier, Dwanye Drummonds
12:30 JULIETA GRANADA
  Greg Blair, Mark Kruger, Stu Hamilton, Cole Gallagher
12:40 CAROLINE MASSON
  Michelle Medlin, Dale Murphy, Chad Mitchell, Katie Cody
12:50 ALENA SHARP
  Marty Mitchna, Malia Wycoff, Sean Thacker, Derek Taylor
1:00 MORIYA JUTANUGARN
  Shauna Bowen, Ginger Bowling, Chris Richards, Ivory Tubbs
1:10 BROOKE PANCAKE
  Dave Pierre, Paul Willis, Matt Johnson, Todd Tymeseon
1:20 SUN YOUNG YOO
  Jim Norred, Scott Farmer, Perry Keefe, Zak Lowe
1:30 AMY YANG
  Lisa Binger, Hope Moore, Rosetta Parks, Andrew McNatt
1:40 BELEN MOZO
  David Lang, Kyle Meredith, Steve Schotta, Brad Hoener
1:50 GIULIA SERGAS
  Weldon Johnson, Wayne Callahan, Roland Julian, Sommer Rochelle
2:00 AUSTIN ERNST
  Tim Brandt, Chris Smith, Phill Burgess, Joe Morrissey
2:10 JI YOUNG OH
  David McWhorter, Brent Stevenson, Wendy Magnuson, Mike Martin

 

  10th Tee – Afternoon
12:00 MIKA MIYAZATO
  Kevin Murphy, Derek Madison, Dustin Maestri, Rachel Cullen
12:10 PAZ ECHEVERRIA
  Mark Tucker, Kristi Pianalto, Kevin Pickering, Gary Head
12:20 PK KONGKRAPHAN
  Russ Schleiden, David Kearns, Ben Blakeman, Chris Chandler
12:30 CRISTIE KERR
  Pete Coors, Lee Dixon, Kevin Doyle, Brian Feiro
12:40 LINDSEY WRIGHT
  Todd Parker, JJ Reese, George Nunnally, Randy Mullikin
12:50 HARU NOMURA
  Lisa Kelsey, Drew Dees, Ken MacLeod, Cindy Farrell
1:00 HEE YOUNG PARK
  John Owen, Jeff Maas, Joe Kent, Mark Throwbridge
1:10 AMY ANDERSON
  Corey Paquette, Todd Mitchell, Eddie Litten, Sean Moran
1:20 KARIN SJODIN
  Michael Slone, Tyler Brown, Jim Teeter, Matt Brown
1:30 CHRISTEL BOELJON
  Jim Parker, Glen Walter, Joe Boyd, Brad Thomas
1:40 PAT HURST
  Grace Dy, Mark Engle, Rick Betsch, Shannon Siefker
1:50 CYDNEY CLANTON
  Eric Hinson, Scott Geringer, Daniel Pancotto, Jeff Englman
2:00 ASHLEIGH SIMON
  Dan Bell, Gene Vidler, Matt Ledbetter, Levi May
2:10 KATIE FUTCHER
  Brian Cheever, Kirk Elmquist, Peter Brown, Matt Tausig

Walmart Awards $450,000 to the Northwest Arkansas Council

Gift announced during the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G

At an event held today during the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, Walmart announced a $450,000 grant provided to the Northwest Arkansas Council for projects that foster economic development, diversity and inclusion in the local community.  The grant is part of a commitment by Walmart to fund growth and development in Northwest Arkansas, as it is doing with the world-class LPGA event being held this week in Rogers at Pinnacle Country Club.

“At Walmart, we are dedicated to fostering growth and prosperity in our hometown of Northwest Arkansas,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and President, Walmart Foundation. “That’s why we provide support to organizations like the Northwest Arkansas Council, so we can help further economic development here at home.” 

The grant will impact more than 500,000 local residents throughout the region. The work being accomplished focuses on improving education, job opportunities, quality of life and infrastructure.

The Northwest Arkansas Council is a private, nonprofit organization committed to sustaining and improving the region as a great place to live and conduct business. Walmart founder Sam Walton was instrumental in establishing the Council in 1990, and the organization played an active role in many of the region’s most notable successes over the past 20 years.

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates remain actively involved in many of the projects being pursued by the Council by offering hundreds of hours to participate in Northwest Arkansas-focused meetings and initiatives.

Walmart’s financial support is benefiting the region as the Council continues to work on the Greater Northwest Arkansas Development Strategy, a five-year regional improvement plan.

“We’re excited to see Walmart continue to positively impact the lives of all people who live in Northwest Arkansas,” said Mike Malone, president and CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Council. “Their contribution helps us in our work to improve schools, create job opportunities and improve quality of life here. Walmart is a fantastic partner in all of the goals we pursue.”

The Council's overall program includes more than 50 strategic actions, and those funded by Walmart focus on diversity and inclusion, economic development and downtown development.

PARKING NOTICE

Attention all spectators!  Tuesday, June 24th ALL parking will be moved to LOT A located at the John Q. Hammons Center.  Shuttles will be provided starting at 7:45am.

Parking will be $5 to the General Public benefitting local organizations.

Lot A Parking-page1

More Than a Golf Tournament

Digital Ambassadors2

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G returns to Rogers this week. In its eighth year, the golf tournament will once again welcome an excellent field of LPGA players to Pinnacle Country Club for the three-day tournament, kicking off on Friday. Though the golf will certainly be top-notch, the tournament will be the best place to be in Northwest Arkansas with events and activities to entertain fans of all ages.

Kids ages 17 & under get in FREE all week with a ticketed adult. Low ticket prices, made possible by Walmart, will allow families and fans throughout the region to take advantage of the three-day event. Get your tickets and come spend an exciting weekend at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G!

Kids Can Be Kids

At the Walmart Kids Center presented by Dove, children and families will feel right at home with a nine-hole putt putt course, hitting nets, autograph signings and more. Located between the 17th and 18th holes, stop by the Walmart Kids Center presented by P&G from 10a.m. to 4p.m. throughout the weekend for the perfect place for “kids to be kids” at the tournament. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, the Food Truck Village will offer local fare of all kinds, straight from Northwest Arkansas’ favorite food trucks right inside the Walmart Kids Center presented by Dove.

Gatorade Loudest Hole on Tour

Come out and get loud with us on the 17th hole! With expanded structures and even more general access seating, the Gatorade Loudest Hole on Tour is the best place to cheer on your favorite players on the LPGA tour. For an upgraded experience, buy your ticket for The Club presented by MasterCard located on the 17th hole. For a $275 weekly pass, members of “The Club” will enjoy complimentary food and beverage amidst an atmosphere that can’t be beat. On Saturday, be sure to sport your favorite college’s colors for College Day at the LPGA.

Help Us Give Back

Put on your walking shoes and help Mercy Northwest Arkansas receive a donation from the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G! Spectators will be given free pedometers to help log 500 miles of walking on site at Pinnacle Country Club. Once the goal is met with your help, the tournament will make a $5,000 donation to the Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas. Pick up your pedometer next to the 18th hole.

Practice with the Pros

Stop by the Mattel Play Golf Zone on Sunday to get some tips from professionals on how to improve your golf game. Local golf pros will be on hand to give free, five minute one-on-one lessons at the front of the Driving Range to spectators.

Tickets are still available for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Daily tickets are $15, weekly tickets are $25, and The Club presented by MasterCard tickets are available for $275. Purchase yours online at www.nwachampionship.com/tickets.

2014 Qualifier Tee Times

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship – Qualifying Tournament
Pinnacle Country Club
Monday, June 23, 2014

Please note all starting times will begin on hole #10.

 

 

 

10th Tee

1:00pm

Reilley Rankin

 

Anya Alvarez

1:11

Jordan Rose

 

Amber Hensley

 

Kris Tamalus

1:22

Hanna Kang

 

Ariya Jutanugarn

 

Summer Roachell

1:33

Emily Collins

 

Alex Stewart

 

Regina Plasencia

1:44

Catherine Matranga

 

Jade Staggs

 

Jenna Pearson

Click Here to View a PDF of Qualifier Tee Times.