#NWAChampionship Announces Week-Long Schedule

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10th edition of event will take place June 20-26 and promises to be the biggest yet, with a week-long schedule of events for the whole community, including the newly rebranded food festival—BITE NW Arkansas

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G will return June 20 – 26 to Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark. for its 10th anniversary event. Along with the golf tournament, event organizers announce today a week-long lineup of auxiliary events and activities for the whole community, including a 5k, community concert, and an expanded and rebranded two-day food festival.

“Our event has grown significantly in all respects these past 10 years, and is now considered by the LPGA tour as one of the best golf and community events on tour,” stated Event Chairman Jay Allen. “We're proud of that, particularly on behalf of our volunteers and sponsors, and likewise proud of the contribution we're making to the overall quality of life in Northwest Arkansas.”

Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a community driven hair donation ceremony, will open up #NWAChampionship Week at the Walmart AMP. Six days later events will draw to a close as the 2016 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G Champion is crowned on Sunday during the 18th green ceremony where the tournament also plans to honor the volunteers who have been involved all 10 years of the event’s history.

#NWAChampionship Week will 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), in addition to a number of events outside of the golf course. In partnership with the Walton Arts Center, the Walmart AMP will once again be home to events aimed at the broader community such as a two-day food festival, the 5K @ the LPGA benefitting Mercy and a Rachel Platten community concert courtesy of Walmart.

#NWAChampionship Week’s two-day food festival debuted in 2015 and will return under the new name of BITE NW Arkansas. The food festival will once again include Taste of NW Arkansas, a grand tasting style event featuring local restaurants and chefs, and the Beer & Burger Fest which aims to feature the best local and national brews paired with select restaurants’ burger offerings.

Ticket sales for events associated with #NWAChampionship Week as well as Volunteer Registration will begin on March 1. Click here to view the complete 2016 Schedule of Events. 

Road to #NWAChampionship Returns

Gaby LopezThe Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and the University of Arkansas Women’s Golf Team have again partnered on  the Road to #NWAChampionship, an program which guarantees one Razorback student athlete an opportunity to play in the LPGA event this summer in Rogers, Ark. In addition, two spots in the tournament’s qualifying event held Monday of tournament week will also be reserved for the Razorback Women’s Golf Team. The Road to #NWAChampionship seeks to give female college athletes the chance to experience a professional level event while still in full-time education and also make the University of Arkansas a more desirable college to prospective recruits. In 2015, Gaby Lopez received the sponsor’s exemption and finished T29., Samantha Marks qualified for the event through the Monday qualifier and missed the cut.

The partnership, which began in 2015, includes specific criteria set for players to qualify. The criteria for selection include team rankings and academic standing for the golfers. The top ranked University of Arkansas player based on the Golfstat Cup Rankings as of May 10 will be eligible for the sponsor’s exemption. The qualified player must write an official letter requesting invitation and be in good academic standing with the University. The second and third best stroke averages from the team’s competitive season will have an opportunity to Monday qualify for the official LPGA event.

The tournament has partnered with KNWA & Fox 24 to keep fans updated on the Road to #NWAChampionship. Viewers can tune into Razorback Nation to find out who is leading the quest to compete at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, which will be held June 20—26 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark.

Drive to 1,000 Hair Donors Challenge


Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G officials announce today the return of Pantene Beautiful Lengths to LPGA week in Northwest Arkansas. The annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths hair donation ceremony is planned for Monday, June 20 at the Walmart AMP. This year will mark the 10th annual event and organizers hope to help more cancer patients than ever before by aiming to collect hair from 1,000 donors in a special challenge between now and the June 20 event.

“Our goal for this 10th year in NW Arkansas is to create the largest community driven hair donation in Pantene Beautiful Lengths history,” shared Mindy Sherwood, Vice President at Procter & Gamble. “Northwest Arkansas is well known for its philanthropic and community spirit and with that in mind, we are aiming to unify salons, schools, companies and organizations, volunteers and those who have been affected by cancer behind our goal.  To do so, we invite girls, boys, women and men of all ages to join us as we make the kindest cut of all for those that suffer from cancer right here in Northwest Arkansas.”

The Pantene Beautiful Lengths program collects eight inches of untreated hair used to make real-hair wigs given free of charge to those suffering from cancer. The first hair cutting ceremony held in conjunction with the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G took place in 2007 and included 10 donors. Each year since, the LPGA event has held a donation ceremony and last summer over 320 donors participated at the Walmart AMP. Throughout the year, P&G also collects donations at its Fayetteville office but has never surpassed the goal set this year of 1,000 donors.

To reach this goal, organizers have planned a community initiative encouraging hair salons and schools to get involved. Local salons are invited to become partner salons of the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program by recruiting hair donors to participate during their regular haircut appointments. Donors can cut their ponytails during their visit to a participating salon and have the salon mail them to Pantene Beautiful Lengths (1303 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, AR 72703) to be part of the 1,000 donor drive. Salons that recruit at least 10 donors will be recognized through a comprehensive marketing campaign as part of the initiative.

Stylists from partner salons will also be encouraged to donate their time at the 10th annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths event in June. In recognition of their contributions, event organizers have added an upgraded experience and complimentary ticket package for all stylists and hair donors, and plan to implement a comprehensive climate plan to maintain comfortable temperatures in the Walmart AMP.

In addition, hair cutting events will take place at participating local schools in each of the four major school districts during the week of May 9 – 13. Area schools volunteer to recruit students, teachers or family members to donate their hair during a cutting event typically held during an all-school assembly.

“Our local Pantene Beautiful Lengths event has seen tremendous success and growth over the last 10 years. We are proud that through this initiative enough hair has been collected to satisfy demand for wigs locally, meaning that a large amount of the donations stay right here in NW Arkansas,” said Jay Allen, tournament chairman. “This June we plan to welcome over 300 donors to the Walmart AMP cutting event, but our efforts will not stop there. In the months leading up to tournament week, we hope to rally the community of Northwest Arkansas to help us reach an unprecedented total of 1,000 donors by June 20.”

Through the 10th anniversary initiative, organizers hope to spread the message of the kindest cut of all to more than ever before. Individuals, businesses, salons and schools interested in getting involved can visit www.BeautifulLengthsNWA.com to find out more, or contact Natalie Wallace at Natalie.Wallace@octagon.com. Hair donations of over eight inches of untreated hair can be sent to Pantene Beautiful Lengths at 1303 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, AR 72703. 

Click here to see a list of 2016 Partner Salons. 

#NWAChampionship Takes Home Several Top Awards

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G was recognized by the LPGA’s Tournament Owners Association as having the best Overall Tournament Experience and best Player Engagement programs of the 2015 LPGA schedule. Octagon accepted 15 total awards for the three events managed by the company during the annual luncheon that honored excellence in event management and marketing across the entire LPGA schedule.

This is the first-time the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G has received the Overall Tournament Experience distinction. In addition to its top spots in Overall Tournament Experience and Player Engagement, the event received honorable mention for the Gold Driver – Dave Goff Series Award, which recognizes the entire body of work from a tournament and is considered the ultimate prize awarded by the LPGA and Tournament Owners Association (TOA).

“This is a stunning recognition of the work from the Octagon Events team in our Rogers office – combined with our other event offices nationwide – our team consistently creates and executes impeccable events that connect passionate fans with their sport, their players and their communities,” said Octagon Events Executive Vice President Chris Higgs. “These awards showcase our overall body of work across tournament experience, player engagement, marketing and sponsorship activation, and are a testament to our every experience matters philosophy.”

A complete list of 2015 Gold Driver Awards received by the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G is listed below.


2015 Gold Driver Awards

·        Honorable Mention – Gold Driver – Dave Goff Series Award

·        Gold – Overall Tournament Experience

·        Gold – Player Engagement

·        Silver – Sponsorship Activation

·        Bronze – Internet Advertising

·        Bronze  – Marketing Sales Material

·        Bronze – Pairings Spectator Guide

·        Bronze – Program 

2015 Champion, Na Yeon Choi

NYC1Whenever the favorite club question comes up, Na Yeon Choi’s answer is always the same – the 8-iron. She proved why Sunday, jarring her approach from 145 yards from the 16th fairway for eagle to storm into the lead at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. It proved a lead she would never relinquish, winning by two shots for her second win of 2015 and ninth of her career.

“Yeah, I hit 3 wood and I hit 8 iron to the pin, was like 145. Then I hit controlled 8 iron,” Choi said. “I mean, when I hold the finish, I thought it’s going to be good, but I didn’t expect like it go in.  I knew it was going to be good. That was a good shot and then I knew it’s going to be good.”

Choi approached her tee shot in the middle of the 16th fairway with Stacy Lewis holding a one-shot lead and heading towards a short birdie putt at the 17th. It looked like Lewis’ to be had for the second straight year, but Choi flipped the script completely with her eagle while Lewis missed her putt to give Choi a one-shot lead.

She needed only one more swing to close the door, nearly jarring her shot at the par-3 17th before tapping it in for a two-shot lead and an easy walk up the 18th. That shot into the 17th also came with an 8-iron.

Choi’s total of 15-under 198 came on a day where she struggled with the flat stick en route with 33 putts. But when she needed it the most, she found it, playing the last three holes in 3-under-par with two consecutive twos on the scorecard for a 2-under 69 Sunday.

“I mean, today, especially my putting didn’t really work and but still I tried to keep focus my shot and swing, and then I kept hitting well and then after 16 I, after I hit the second shot, I knew this is going to be good,” Choi said. “I felt really good, you know, feeling after the impact. So when I holed the finish, I thought it’s going to be good, but I didn’t expect like go in. So I was very happy after that shot, but like unfortunately I couldn’t see the ball going in. I just heard a lot of screaming around the green.”

Mika Miyazato finished as the runner-up at 13-under-par after Lewis bogeyed the 18th. Azahara Munoz (66), Lewis (68) and Anna Nordqvist (70) each tied for third at 12-under-par.


Final Round Pairings

Tee   #1 9:20AM Katie Burnett             Brunswick, GA             69-71 140 -2
Group #1   Jacqui Concolino          Orlando, FL               67-73 140 -2
Tee   #1 9:29AM Pernilla Lindberg         Bollnas Sweden            69-71 140 -2
Group #2   Danielle Kang             Oak Park CA               69-71 140 -2
                Rebecca Lee-Bentham       Toronto, Canada           69-71 140 -2
Tee   #1 9:41AM Laetitia Beck             Caesarea, Israel          70-70 140 -2
Group #3   Ilhee Lee                 Seoul South Korea         70-70 140 -2
                Beatriz Recari            Pamplona, Spain           70-70 140 -2
Tee   #1 9:53AM Haeji Kang                South Korea               71-69 140 -2
Group #4   Karlin Beck               Montgomery, AL            70-70 140 -2
                Amelia Lewis              Jacksonville FL           70-70 140 -2
Tee   #1 10:05AM Candie Kung               Allen, Texas              72-68 140 -2
Group #5   Sei Young Kim             Seoul                     72-68 140 -2
                Lee-Anne Pace             South Africa              72-68 140 -2
Tee   #1 10:17AM Lizette Salas             Azusa CA                  65-74 139 -3
Group #6   Cydney Clanton            Rockwell, NC              74-66 140 -2
                Jane Park                 Rancho Cucamonga CA       73-67 140 -2
Tee   #1 10:29AM Sandra Changkija          Orlando, FL               68-71 139 -3
Group #7   Joanna Klatten            France                    68-71 139 -3
                Sandra Gal                Cologne, Germany          67-72 139 -3
Tee   #1 10:41AM Karine Icher              France                    69-70 139 -3
Group #8   Thidapa Suwannapura       Thailand                  69-70 139 -3
                Min Lee                   Taoyuan County, Taiwan    69-70 139 -3
Tee   #1 10:53AM Christina Kim             San Jose CA               70-69 139 -3
Group #9   Ji Young Oh               South Korea               70-69 139 -3
                Caroline Hedwall          Sweden                    70-69 139 -3
Tee   #1 11:05AM Tiffany Joh               San Diego CA              70-69 139 -3
Group #10   Xi Yu Lin                 China                     70-69 139 -3
                Wei-Ling Hsu              Chinese Taipei            70-69 139 -3
Tee   #1 11:17AM Lydia Ko                  New Zealand               70-69 139 -3
Group #11   Jessica Korda             Bradenton FL              70-69 139 -3
                Cheyenne Woods            Phoenix, AZ               70-69 139 -3
Tee   #1 11:29AM Hee Young Park            South Korea               73-66 139 -3
Group #12   Lexi Thompson             Coral Springs, FL         71-68 139 -3
                P.K. Kongkraphan          Thailand                  71-68 139 -3
Tee   #1 11:41AM Eun-Hee Ji                South Korea               69-69 138 -4
Group #13   Min Seo Kwak              Seoul, South Korea        68-70 138 -4
                Mirim Lee                 South Korea               66-72 138 -4
Tee   #1 11:53AM Meena Lee                 South Korea               71-67 138 -4
Group #14   Karrie Webb               Ayr Queensland Australia  69-69 138 -4
                Sakura Yokomine           Japan                     69-69 138 -4
Tee   #1 12:05PM Katherine Kirk            Sunrise Beach, Australia  67-70 137 -5
Group #15   So Yeon Ryu               South Korea               73-65 138 -4
                *Gaby Lopez               Mexico City, Mexico       73-65 138 -4
Tee   #1 12:17PM Haru Nomura               Kanagawa, Japan           69-68 137 -5
Group #16   Jodi Ewart Shadoff        North Yorkshire, England  69-68 137 -5
                Ashleigh Simon            South Africa              68-69 137 -5
Tee   #1 12:29PM Gerina Piller             Roswell NM                66-70 136 -6
Group #17   Suzann Pettersen          Norway                    69-68 137 -5
                Cristie Kerr              Miami FL                  69-68 137 -5
Tee   #1 12:41PM Kelly W Shon              Port Washington, NY       68-68 136 -6
Group #18   Julieta Granada           Paraguay                  68-68 136 -6
                Paula Creamer             Pleasanton CA             67-69 136 -6
Tee   #1 12:53PM Mariajo Uribe             Bucaramanga Colombia      66-69 135 -7
Group #19   Azahara Munoz             Malaga Spain              65-70 135 -7
                Jenny Shin                Torrence CA               68-68 136 -6
Tee   #1 1:05PM Jee Young Lee             South Korea               68-67 135 -7
Group #20   Jennifer Johnson          Carlsbad CA               67-68 135 -7
                Marina Alex               Wayne, NJ                 66-69 135 -7
Tee   #1 1:17PM Q Baek                    South Korea               71-64 135 -7
Group #21   Alison Lee                Valencia, CA              70-65 135 -7
                Mo Martin                 Altadena CA               69-66 135 -7
Tee   #1 1:29PM Minjee Lee                Australia                 68-66 134 -8
Group #22   Chie Arimura              Japan                     67-67 134 -8
                Paula Reto                Bloemfontein, South Africa  71-64 135 -7
Tee   #1 1:41PM Amy Yang                  South Korea               65-68 133 -9
Group #23   Austin Ernst              Greenville, SC            69-65 134 -8
                Angela Stanford           Saginaw, TX               68-66 134 -8
Tee   #1 1:53PM Stacy Lewis               The Woodlands TX          68-65 133 -9
Group #24   Mika Miyazato             Okinawa Japan             66-67 133 -9
                Brittany Lincicome        Seminole FL               65-68 133 -9
Tee   #1 2:05PM Na Yeon Choi              South Korea               66-63 129 -13
Group #25   Anna Nordqvist            Eskilstuna Sweden         65-66 131 -11
                Mi Jung Hur               South Korea               63-68 131 -11

5k @ the LPGA benefiting Mercy


The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G's newest event, the 5k @ the LPGA benefiting Mercy, was held Saturday morning. More than 450 runners participated in the inaugural event, starting and finishing at the Walmart AMP. The chip-timed race ran alongside the golf course, making it a unique 5k experience for runners of all ages. As part of the event, the tournament and P&G presented Mercy Northwest Arkansas with $10,000. A

Round Two Pairings

Tee   #1 8:45AM Amelia Lewis              Jacksonville FL           70 -1
Group #1   Xi Yu Lin                 China                     70 -1
                Joanna Klatten            France                    68 -3
Tee   #1 8:56AM Chie Arimura              Japan                        
Group #3   Kelly Tan                 Malaysia                     
                Kristi M O'Brien          Fort Wayne, IN               
Tee   #1 9:07AM Alison Walshe             Westford MA                  
Group #5   Laetitia Beck             Caesarea, Israel             
                Jane Rah                  Torrance CA                  
Tee   #1 9:18AM Wei-Ling Hsu              Chinese Taipei               
Group #7   Becky Morgan              Monmouth Wales               
                Min Seo Kwak              Seoul, South Korea           
Tee   #1 9:29AM Stacy Lewis               The Woodlands TX             
Group #9   Sandra Gal                Cologne, Germany             
                Mariajo Uribe             Bucaramanga Colombia         
Tee   #1 9:40AM Na Yeon Choi              South Korea                  
Group #11   Karine Icher              France                       
                Austin Ernst              Greenville, SC               
Tee   #1 9:51AM Catriona Matthew          N. Berwick Scotland          
Group #13   Moriya Jutanugarn         Thailand                     
                Hee Young Park            South Korea                  
Tee   #1 10:02AM Pat Hurst                 Arizona                      
Group #15   Chella Choi               South Korea                  
                Lee-Anne Pace             South Africa                 
Tee   #1 10:13AM Belen Mozo                Spain                        
Group #17   Jee Young Lee             South Korea                  
                Mika Miyazato             Okinawa Japan                
Tee   #1 10:24AM Kristy McPherson          Conway SC                    
Group #19   Alejandra Llaneza         Mexico City                  
                Julie Yang                Seoul, South Korea           
Tee   #1 10:35AM Lisa Ferrero              Lodi, CA                     
Group #21   Beatriz Recari            Pamplona, Spain              
                Marissa L Steen           Cincinnati, OH               
Tee   #1 10:46AM Min Lee                   Taoyuan County, Taiwan       
Group #23   Caroline Hedwall          Sweden                       
                Katie Burnett             Brunswick, GA                
Group #2   Danielle Kang             Oak Park CA               69 -2
                P.K. Kongkraphan          Thailand                  71 E
Tee   #10 8:56AM Sadena A Parks            Raleigh, NC               79 8
Group #4   Rebecca Lee-Bentham       Toronto, Canada           69 -2
                Maria McBride             Sweden                    68 -3
Tee   #10 9:07AM Sydnee Michaels           Upland CA                    
Group #6   Mallory Blackwelder       Versailles KY                
                Ayako Uehara              Japan                        
Tee   #10 9:18AM Haru Nomura               Kanagawa, Japan              
Group #8   Marina Alex               Wayne, NJ                    
                Maria Hernandez           Spain                        
Tee   #10 9:29AM Mirim Lee                 South Korea                  
Group #10   Gerina Piller             Roswell NM                   
                Amy Yang                  South Korea                  
Tee   #10 9:40AM Mi Jung Hur               South Korea                  
Group #12   Christina Kim             San Jose CA                  
                Alison Lee                Valencia, CA                 
Tee   #10 9:51AM Lizette Salas             Azusa CA                     
Group #14   Ilhee Lee                 Seoul South Korea            
                Pornanong Phatlum         Chaiyaphum Thailand          
Tee   #10 10:02AM Julieta Granada           Paraguay                     
Group #16   Q Baek                    South Korea                  
                Brittany Lang             Mckinney TX                  
Tee   #10 10:13AM Ji Young Oh               South Korea                  
Group #18   Jodi Ewart Shadoff        North Yorkshire, England     
                Thidapa Suwannapura       Thailand                     
Tee   #10 10:24AM Stephanie L Meadow        Jordanstown                  
Group #20   Caroline Masson           Germany                      
                Jane Park                 Rancho Cucamonga CA          
Tee   #10 10:35AM Jennifer Johnson          Carlsbad CA                  
Group #22   Eun-Hee Ji                South Korea                  
                Amy Anderson              Oxbow, ND                    
Tee   #10 10:46AM Simin Feng                Beijing, China               
Group #24   Meena Lee                 South Korea                  
                Mina Harigae              Monterey CA                  
Tee   #1 1:45PM Nannette Hill             Pelham Manor NY           70 -1
Group #25   SooBin Kim                South Korea               75 4
                Jing Yan                  China                     70 -1
Tee   #1 1:56PM Kendall Dye               Edmond, OK                70 -1
Group #27   Paz Echeverria            Santiago, Chile           72 1
                Demi Runas                Torrance, CA              74 3
Tee   #1 2:07PM Sarah Kemp                Tuncurry Australia        77 6
Group #29   Garrett Phillips          St. Simons Island, GA     78 7
                Paula Reto                Bloemfontein, South Africa  71 E
Tee   #1 2:18PM Dori Carter               Valdosta GA               73 2
Group #31   Candie Kung               Allen, Texas              72 1
                Sandra Changkija          Orlando, FL               68 -3
Tee   #1 2:29PM Ariya Jutanugarn          Bangkok, Thailand         75 4
Group #33   Angela Stanford           Saginaw, TX               68 -3
                I.K. Kim                  South Korea               75 4
Tee   #1 2:40PM Jenny Shin                Torrence CA               68 -3
Group #35   Mi Hyang Lee              South Korea               72 1
                Ai Miyazato               Okinawa, Japan            71 E
Tee   #1 2:51PM Brittany Lincicome        Seminole FL               65 -6
Group #37   Mo Martin                 Altadena CA               69 -2
                Karrie Webb               Ayr Queensland Australia  69 -2
Tee   #1 3:02PM Jessica Korda             Bradenton FL              70 -1
Group #39   Cristie Kerr              Miami FL                  69 -2
                Sei Young Kim             Seoul                     72 1
Tee   #1 3:13PM Dewi Claire Schreefel     The Netherlands           78 7
Group #41   Laura Diaz                Scotia NY                 73 2
                Jenny Suh                 Fairfax VA                76 5
Tee   #1 3:24PM Sue Kim                   Langley,  Bc, Canada      74 3
Group #43   Ryann O'Toole             California                66 -5
                Yueer Cindy Feng          Chang De, China           72 1
Tee   #1 3:35PM Kris Tamulis              Naples FL                 71 E
Group #45   Danah Bordner             Indianapolis IN           71 E
                Katherine Kirk            Sunrise Beach, Australia  67 -4
Tee   #1 3:46PM Tiffany Joh               San Diego CA              70 -1
Group #47   Ashleigh Simon            South Africa              68 -3
                Brooke Pancake            Chattanooga, TN           67 -4
Tee   #10 1:45PM Cydney Clanton            Rockwell, NC              74 3
Group #26   Karlin Beck               Montgomery, AL            70 -1
                Elizabeth Nagel           Lansing, MI               76 5
Tee   #10 1:56PM Haeji Kang                South Korea               71 E
Group #28   Victoria Elizabeth        Dayton, OH                72 1
                Therese Koelbaek          Copenhagen, Denmark       73 2
Tee   #10 2:07PM Jennifer Song             Ann Arbor MI              69 -2
Group #30   Felicity Johnson          England                   70 -1
                Jacqui Concolino          Orlando, FL               67 -4
Tee   #10 2:18PM *Samantha Marks           Maitland, FL              75 4
Group #32   Pernilla Lindberg         Bollnas Sweden            69 -2
                Kim Kaufman               Clark, SD                 70 -1
Tee   #10 2:29PM Yani Tseng                Chinese Taipei            74 3
Group #34   Morgan Pressel            Boca Raton FL             67 -4
                So Yeon Ryu               South Korea               73 2
Tee   #10 2:40PM Paula Creamer             Pleasanton CA             67 -4
Group #36   Suzann Pettersen          Norway                    69 -2
                Minjee Lee                Australia                 68 -3
Tee   #10 2:51PM Michelle Wie              Honolulu, HI              70 -1
Group #38   Lydia Ko                  New Zealand               70 -1
                Azahara Munoz             Malaga Spain              65 -6
Tee   #10 3:02PM Inbee Park                Seoul South Korea         69 -2
Group #40   Anna Nordqvist            Eskilstuna Sweden         65 -6
                Lexi Thompson             Coral Springs, FL         71 E
Tee   #10 3:13PM *Gaby Lopez               Mexico City, Mexico       73 2
Group #42   Cheyenne Woods            Phoenix, AZ               70 -1
                Kelly W Shon              Port Washington, NY       68 -3
Tee   #10 3:24PM Jaye Marie Green          Boca Raton, FL            73 2
Group #44   Jennifer Rosales          Philippines               72 1
                Candy Hannemann           Rio DE Janeiro Brazil     81 10
Tee   #10 3:35PM Sarah Jane Smith          Caloundra Queensland      72 1
Group #46   Ju Young Park             South Korea               73 2
                Alena Sharp               Hamilton, Canada          72 1
Tee   #10 3:46PM Jackie Stoelting          Vero Beach, FL            72 1
Group #48   Jennifer Kirby            Paris, Ont., Canada       79 8
                Sakura Yokomine           Japan                     69 -2

NWA Food Bank Donation

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Since 1988 the NWA Food Bank has been nourishing Northwest Arkansas by feeding hungry people. In 2014 alone, NWA Food Bank served over 700,000 people throughout Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties. The food bank acts as a distribution source for food pantries, senior centers, shelters and other nonprofits in our community in order to make sure that all who are facing or experiencing hunger have access to nutritious food.

Kraft and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G have partnered to support the NWA Food Bank annually. In 2011, the tournament donated a box truck to allow the organization to make deliveries and pick up donations much easier. Each year, the tournament and Kraft contribute 1.5 tons of food to the food bank in addition to monetary donations given to help nourish the Northwest Arkansas community. This year is no different. The tournament was proud to once again partner with Kraft Foods and Walmart to present $50,000 to the NWA Food Bank. In addition, Kraft donated more than 1.5 tons of food to the Food Bank for use in the community. To date, Kraft and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G have donated more than $95,000 and over five tons of food to the NWA Food Bank.

 LPGA professional Morgan Pressel and Celebrity Chef Carla Hall were on hand for the event, which happened at the Walmart AMP. The donation ceremony also served as the official kick off of the inaugural NW Arkansas Food Festival.

Mattel Junior Clinic


The Mattel Junior Clinic was hosted today at Pinnacle Country Club for local children with an interest in golf. Sponsor exemption Candy Hannemann 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 Pat Hurst and tournament sponsor exemption Gaby 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.