Three Razorbacks Golfers Earn Opportunity to Play in 2017 Event

Exemption

Razorback golfer Alana Uriell will play in the 2017 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, tournament officials announce today. Uriell will receive the exemption spot as part of the Road to #NWAChampionship, a partnership between the tournament and the Razorback Women’s Golf Team. Teammates Kaylee Benton and Maria Fassi will also have the opportunity to play in the tournament’s Monday qualifier event on June 19 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark.

A Razorback junior, Uriell secured the exemption spot by holding the team’s top scoring average at 72.04 as of May 11. The Carlsbad, Calif. native posted four top 10s throughout her junior season and won her first collegiate title at the 2016 Alamo Invitational. She also appeared in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G in 2016 by earning a spot through the Monday qualifier and the Road to #NWAChampionship. 

Sophomores Benton and Fassi ranked second and third respectively on the Razorback golf team with scoring averages of 73.32 and 73.60. Both players will have the opportunity to secure spots in the official tournament field through the qualifier.

In 2016, then-freshman Fassi secured the Sponsor’s Exemption with a 72.56 Scoring Average. Teammates Uriell and Regina Plasencia earned the opportunity to play in the Monday qualifier event and each secured official spots into the field as well. The three student athletes were joined by former Razorbacks Stacy Lewis and Gaby Lopez, rounding out the total number of Razorbacks in the 2016 field to five. In 2015, then-student athlete Gaby Lopez earned the sponsor’s exemption with teammate Samantha Marks joining her in the field through the Monday qualifier. The Road to #NWAChampionship has been an official partnership between the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and the Razorback Women’s Golf Team since 2015.

Photo courtesy of Arkansas Athletics Communications.

Elle King to Headline Walmart Community Concert

Officials for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G announce that Elle King will headline the tournament’s Walmart Community Concert, held on Saturday, June 24 at the Walmart AMP. The Walmart Community Concert joins a line-up of other tournament week events including BITE NW Arkansas food festival, the 5k @ the LPGA benefiting Mercy, and the full-field LPGA golf tournament. #NWAChampionship Week returns June 19 – 25, 2017.

ELLE_KING4 WebElle King took the world by storm with the release of her Gold-certified debut album Love Stuff in 2015, a display of King's grounding in rock, blues, country, and pop styles. Her hit single “Ex’s & Oh’s” was nominated for 2 Grammys and 2 Billboard Music Awards, was certified double platinum, and she made chart history, becoming the second female artist in 18 years to reach #1 at Alternative Radio. In 2016, she teamed up with country singer Dierks Bentley for the song "Different for Girls". They performed together at the 2016 CMA Awards where she and Bentley won the award for Musical Event of the Year.

Tickets to the general public will go on sale on Wednesday, May 3 for $9 (lawn seats) and $18 (reserved seats). Tickets and more information can be found on the Walmart AMP’s website at www.arkansasmusicpavilion.com

Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation Event Grows to Include Series of Events, 1,500 Donors

In its 11th year, Pantene Beautiful Lengths will expand its reach to include multiple donation events, additional partner salons and expanded presence in local schools

Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a national hair donation program activated locally as part of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, will expand this year to include three signature public events throughout the community with a goal of 1,500 donors in 2017. The program encourages individuals to donate eight inches of untreated hair to create free wigs for cancer patients and annually collects enough hair to satisfy demand in Northwest Arkansas. In conjunction with the events, organizers look to engage a record number of partner salons and local schools in an effort to recruit more donors and raise awareness for the cause.

“Pantene Beautiful Lengths continues to be a very important tradition in this community and the demand to attend our signature event during LPGA week in June is outstanding,” explains Mindy Sherwood, Vice President at Procter & Gamble. “With that in mind, instead having only one date to donate, we want to create additional opportunities to donate and build upon existing programs for our loyal supporters. We’re doing this by adding more events, engaging with more local salons and empowering more schools to get involved in the excitement of giving hope through hair.”

Traditionally Pantene Beautiful Lengths has hosted one major giving event during LPGA Week in Northwest Arkansas. The program is expanding this year to include a series of events which will kick off at the Sam’s Club Home Office in Bentonville on May 15 highlighting 100 donors. On June 5, an additional 100 donors will be donating hair at The Record in Downtown Bentonville. The series will conclude on June 22 with 100 donors onsite at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G in a brand new location on the golf course.  

"Over the years Pantene Beautiful Lengths has become one of the most impactful and visible things that we do in terms of engaging with the local community during tournament week," said Jay Allen, Tournament Chairman. “We’ve grown the footprint of Pantene Beautiful Lengths to have a year round presence in Northwest Arkansas. In addition to our marquee events, we have a record number of salons and schools engaged in the program in very meaningful ways.”

Pantene Beautiful Lengths engages community partners year round through a local salon outreach program and local school events. The salon program, inclusive of over 50 local salons, allows donors to contribute their untreated hair by visiting a partner salon to make their donation at any time. Additionally, for one week in May, the program hosts a series of private events inside 12 local schools, up from six in 2016.  

To learn more about Pantene Beautiful Lengths, click here or visit www.BeautifulLengthsNWA.com to sign up as a donor or stylist today. Spots for the events are limited, donors are encouraged to sign up early to reserve their space.

Weekly Update June 9

Weekly Update from the #NWAChampionship

New: Officials introduce the LPGA Greenway

Community: Pantene Beautiful Lengths donors and stylists still needed to reach 1,000 donors

Competition: Nine players expected to play in #NWAChampionship all 10 years

ROGERS, Ark.- With just two weeks until the 10th anniversary of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, tournament officials are excited to share the addition of a new golf course walking trail—the LPGA Greenway, the final drive for Pantene Beautiful Lengths donors and the return of nine LPGA professionals to the event for its 10th year. The #NWAChampionship returns to Pinnacle Country Club June 20-26. Tickets are now on sale at www.NWAChampionship.com.

NEW: Officials Introduce the LPGA Greenway

In an effort to celebrate the growth of the NW Arkansas region and 10 years of memories from the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, tournament officials announce the introduction of the LPGA Greenway. This one-mile walking trail meanders through holes 15, 16, 17 and 18 at Pinnacle Country Club and will be unveiled at the 2016 event. Each of the four holes will represent different qualities of the Northwest Arkansas community, from the scenic beauty to the vibrant business environment. In addition, each hole boasts a significant tournament moment from throughout the 10 years, including Stacy Lewis’ tricky putt on the 18th Hole to win the event in 2014 to Na Yeon Choi’s eagle on Hole 16 in 2015.

Officials plan to unveil signage onsite at the event highlighting the LPGA Greenway throughout the grounds. Signs on each hole will explain the significance of the hole and its marquee memory from the last 10 years.

COMMUNITY: Pantene Beautiful Lengths Donors and Stylists still needed to reach 1,000 Donors

Over the last 10 years, the #NWAChampionship has partnered with Pantene Beautiful Lengths to collect hair used to make wigs for people suffering from cancer. This year, organizers set a goal to collect hair from 1,000 donors by the end of the event planned for June 20 at the Walmart AMP. Tournament officials are encouraging both stylists and donors to sign up to attend the June 20 event to ensure the ambitious goal is reached as part of the tenth anniversary celebrations.

Donors or stylists interested in participating at the June 20th event can still register at www.beautifullengthsnwa.com

COMPETITION: Nine Players expected to Play at #NWAChampionship all 10 Years

In addition to the tournament itself, several LPGA players are also marking their 10th year in Northwest Arkansas in 2016. Nine of the 144 players in the field at the 2016 event are expected to have participated in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G each year of the tournament’s history. The list of returning players includes a former Razorback, past winners and top-ranked players on tour.  The complete list is included below. Officials expect to announce the final field list for the 2016 tournament Tuesday, June 14.

10 Year Players:

1.       Christina Kim

2.       Brittany Lang

3.       Meena Lee

4.       Stacy Lewis

5.       Brittany Lincicome

6.       Becky Morgan

7.       Jane Park

8.       Kris Tamulis

9.       Sun Young Yoo

MEDIA: Media Credentials Now Available

The tournament media credential application is now open at www.lpgamediacredentials.com. All members of the media interested in covering the tournament will need to apply for a credential. Advanced approval by the LPGA is required for media access to the tournament. Contact Taylor Fisher at taylor.fisher@octagon.com with any questions.

 

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Razorback Freshman Maria Fassi Secures Sponsor’s Exemption

In addition to Fassi, University of Arkansas golfers Alana Uriell and Regina Plasencia will compete in the tournament’s Monday qualifier event

MariaThe 10th annual Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G announced Freshman Maria Fassi as the recipient of its 2016 Sponsor’s Exemption as part of the annual Road to the #NWAChampionship partnership. With only one semester of college golf under her belt, Fassi earned the exemption with a 72.56 Scoring Average, making her the top ranked player on the Razorback Women’s Golf Team and the 15th ranked player in America. Alana Uriell and Regina Plasencia rounded out the season with the second and third best scoring averages, giving them the opportunity to play in the tournament’s Monday qualifier event.

“It will be an amazing experience playing with the top players in the world at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, and I’m excited to learn from them,” said Fassi. “I am really thankful for this opportunity and look forward to making memories at the tournament.”

Fassi is the newest and youngest member of the Razorback golf team, joining the team in January. At the beginning of the semester, tournament officials and Razorback Golf Coach Shauna Estes-Taylor evaluated that Fassi would become eligible for the Road to the #NWAChampionship after she completed 16 rounds of competition and therefore becoming  ranked on the official Golfstat player rankings.

The 18-year-old golfer hails from Pachuca, Mexico and joined the team in January 2016 after finishing high school last December. In her first collegiate tournament experience at just 17 years old, Fassi won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic shooting a low round 67 and three-round total 208. She has remained consistent all season carding four top-10 finishes in the first five events of her collegiate career. In 2015, Fassi won the Mexican Amateur and qualified to play in the U.S. Women’s Open.

“I couldn’t be more proud of each of these ladies for their hard work and performance on and off the course this spring,” Razorback Women’s Golf Coach Shauna Estes explains. “This is especially exciting for Maria with this being her freshman year and first semester of college golf. She has proven herself these past few months and I look forward to seeing her represent the University of Arkansas at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.”

Razorback Sophomore Alana Uriell closed out the season with a 73.46 scoring average and Senior Regina Plasencia finished with an average of 73.93. Both golfers will compete in the tournament’s qualifier round on Monday, June 20 for a chance to claim each of the two final spots available in the official tournament field. Plasencia competed in the 2014 and 2015 tournament qualifier, while this is Uriell’s first year to compete.

This marks the second year of the Road to the #NWAChampionship partnership between the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and the University of Arkansas Women’s Golf Team. The  partnership guarantees one Razorback student-athlete a Sponsor’s Exemption into the tournament and two student-athletes the chance to Monday qualify for the full field LPGA event. Past exemptions have included Stacy Lewis, Emily Tubert and Gaby Lopez, who finished T29 at the 2015 event.

To find out more about the Road to #NWAChampionship or the LPGA tournament, please visit www.nwachampionship.com.

Tickets On Sale Now!

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G

Over the last 10 years, the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G has become a premier stop on the LPGA Tour. June 20-26 the tournament will celebrate its 10th anniversary while 144 of the world’s best LPGA Professionals tee it up at Pinnacle Country Club. Players will vie for a $2,000,000 purse and a chance to be named Champion of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Ticketholders can expect to see popular staples of the golf event return such as the Walmart Kids Center presented by Dove, Hallmark Autograph Alley and the Gatorade Loudest Hole on Tour (No. 17). To view a complete schedule of events for #NWAChampionship Week, click here.

General Admission Tickets:

Extreme Tix ThumbnailEnjoy general grounds access to the #NWAChampionship! Kids 17 and under get in free with a ticketed adult. Military members and their families get in free with a valid military ID. 

Daily tournament ticket: $10

Weekly tournament ticket: $25

 

The Club:

Extreme Tix ThumbnailExperience the #NWAChampionship like you never have before. The Club is an exclusive hospitality suite overlooking the 16th and 17th holes offering ticketholders an enhanced experience to watch the best female golfers in the world. Food and drinks included in ticket price.

Daily admission: $95

Weekly admission: $250

Click Here LPGA Tickets

BITE NW Arkansas

The newly rebranded and expanded two-day food festival as part of #NWAChampionship Week returns June 23 & 24 to the Walmart AMP! Celebrating the region's best fares, ingredients, restaurants and chefs, BITE NW Arkansas aims to give attendees an unparalleled culinary experience in their own backyard.

Taste of NW Arkansas

Thursday, June 23

*tickets available at 10am CST March 1. 

taste iconMix, mingle and enjoy sample sized menu items prepared by restaurants from throughout the region at this grand tasting style event. Special guest chefs will host the evening, inclusive of cooking demonstrations and hands on interactions with guests. Click here to see a current list of participating restaurants.

Individual Ticket: $30

Couple’s Ticket (admits 2 people): $50

     Youth Ticket (12-20 years of age): $20

Beer & Burger Fest

Friday, June 24

beer burger iconA traditional beer fest with a burger twist! Sample local and national brews paired with signature burgers prepared by select local restaurants. Click here to see a current list of participating breweries.

Individual Ticket: $30

Couple’s Ticket (admits 2 people): $50

     Designated Driver Ticket (valid for food only): $15

     *All ticket holders must be 21. IDs will be checked at the gates

Click Here BITE Tickets

5k @ the LPGA benefiting Mercy

5k iconThe second annual 5k @ the LPGA benefiting Mercy will be held Saturday, June 25, starting and finishing at the Walmart AMP. The course winds through the streets of Pinnacle and down the famous Gatorade 17th hole, before exiting Pinnacle with a straight shot back to the Walmart AMP.  After the race enjoy a free breakfast at the Walmart AMP. Find out more about the 5k by clicking here.

Early registration fee: $20

Register for 5k

 

Rachel Platten Community Concert

Tickets to the Rachel Platten Community Concert presented by Walmart will be available at a later date. Please like us on Facebook to stay up to date with Community Concert news and announcements!

 

Volunteer Registration

The #NWAChampionship could not happen without the 750+ dedicated volunteers it takes to help put on the event. Volunteer opportunities exist throughout tournament week in over 20 different Volunteer Committees. Click here to view a complete list of available committees. Registration cost includes two tournament polos, tournament hat or visor, Volunteer parking, meals on scheduled days, four weekly tournament tickets and commemorative volunteer pin.

$45 per person

Register to Volunteer

Northwest Arkansas Makes the Kindest Cut


The annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths was held Wednesday night at the Walmart AMP, hosted by P&G’s Mindy Sherwood and Walmart’s Carmen Bouza with special guests Morgan Pressel, Cristie Kerr and Lindsey Vonn.  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 two LPGA players—Jane Rah and Sponsor Exemption Candy Hannemann. 

Monday Qualifier Tee TImes

#1 TEE    
TIME Name Hometown
1:00 PM Merkle, Kristina Honolulu, HI
Group 1 Seo, Hanule Las Vegas, NV
  Moreno, Paola Columbia
     
1:11 PM Plasencia, Regina (a) Mexico
Group 2 Vaughn, Megan Bryant, AR
  Machado, Kate Scottsdale, AZ
     
1:22 PM Marks, Samantha (a) Maitland, FL
Group 3 Menendez, Ana Raleigh, NC
  Franks, Molly Sherman, TX
     
1:33 PM Rose, Jordan San Angelo, TX
Group 4 Staggs, Jade Oklahoma City, OK
  Postillion, Samantha Scottsdale, AZ
     
1:44 PM Cox, Sydney Thackerville, OK
Group 5 Chen, Doris Bradenton, FL
  Knight, Allie Knoxville, TN
     
1:55 PM Kane, Lorie Canada
Group 6 Neidy, Taylor Edmond, OK
  O'Brien, Kristi Fishers, IN

 

Click here to view PDF. 

Weekly Update: June 8

Weekly Update from the #NWAChampionship

New: Additional viewing decks added to enhance spectator experience

Community: Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier to take place Sunday before tournament

Competition: Olympic hopeful Candy Hannemann secures second Sponsor’s Exemption

 

With just one event left on the LPGA Tour schedule before the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, tournament officials announced today improvements to the on-course spectator experience, a Drive, Chip & Putt qualifier event for local youth, and the recipient of its second and final Sponsor Exemption. Once again the world’s best female golfers will return to Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers June 22-28. Tickets remain on sale at www.NWAChampionship.com.

 

NEW: Tournament expands viewing decks throughout Pinnacle Country Club

In an ongoing effort to enhance the on-site spectator experience at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, new and expanded viewing decks and seating will be added for general spectators at the 2015 tournament. These new spaces will be located on holes #1, #9, #17 and #18.

“The experience of our general spectators is very important to us,” said Harry Hardy, Tournament Director. “Kimberly-Clark stepped up their sponsorship this year in a bid to make these new viewing areas possible and for that we are grateful. Our spectators are going to enjoy watching the world’s best female golfers from these new vantage points found throughout the course.”

On the front nine, viewing space on the 1st Tee has doubled with stadium seating on two sides of the tee box. The 9th hole, a popular viewing spot for spectators annually, now features a Kimberly-Clark Viewing Deck with views of the green and approach shots. On the back nine, the 17th Hole now features three different options for general spectators, offering different vantage points throughout the hole. The Kimberly-Clark Viewing Deck and the BallPark Fan Pavilion will offer open-air seating, while the Filtrete Cooling Zone will be an enclosed, air conditioned space for general spectators. On the 18th hole, spectators will find a wrap-around viewing deck, giving general spectators an excellent view of the entire 18th hole.

 

COMMUNITY:  Area youth to compete at Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier on tournament grounds

Drive, Chip & Putt will host a qualifier event at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers on June 21. Bringing this youth golf development initiative to NW Arkansas was made possible by a partnership between Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, The First Tee of NWA and Pinnacle Country Club, and gives participants the chance to earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. The closest qualifying location previously was Tulsa.

In only its third year, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will provide playing opportunities throughout all 50 states for boys and girls ages 7-15, who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers with the top 80 performers overall—40 boys and 40 girls—earning an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 3, the eve of the 2016 Masters.

Registration for the Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier is now open at www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

 

COMPETITION: LPGA Veteran Candy Hannemann to play at NW Arkansas Championship

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G has announced its second and final Sponsor’s Exemption recipient. Candy Hannemann, an LPGA tour professional from 2004 to 2008, will join the 144-player field at the tournament June 26-28.  The Rio de Janiero, Brazil native and mother of two has returned to golf in hopes of competing in the 2016 Olympics.

“I want to play in the Olympics in 2016 because it is in my hometown [Rio de Janeiro] and my home country [Brazil],” said Hannemann. “It is the only reason why I am coming back. I was happy being home with the kids and working here and there, but this is the one main goal that has brought me back to golf.”

As the host country, Brazil will receive one golfer in the Olympic field, which will be selected based on the golfers’ Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. Hannemann is currently unranked and is number 407 on the LPGA priority list. She hopes to bolster her ranking by securing sponsor exemption invites into LPGA events. The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G will be Hannemann’s second appearance in an LPGA event since 2008.