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.

Tickets on sale now!

On-sale-2017

Tickets for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and events associated with the LPGA tournament, including BITE NW Arkansas Food Festival and the 5k @ the LPGA, are now on sale. In addition, volunteer registration is now open for those who wish to get involved in #NWAChampionship Week, June 19-25 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark.

Daily ticket prices to the golf tournament begin at just $10. Kids under the age of 17 can attend the golf tournament free of charge with a ticketed adult. The Club presented by LG, an upgraded hospitality opportunity on the tournament’s 17 hole, now features a reduced price at $75 for a daily ticket which includes food and drink. Volunteer registration for all associated events is now open as well. Those interested can visit www.NWAChampionship.com for more details.

BITE NW Arkansas, #NWAChampionship Week’s two-night food festival will be held at 8th Street Market in Downtown Bentonville on Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23. Events will consist of the grand tasting style Taste of NW Arkansas and the Beer & Burger Fest. Ticket prices for an individual start at $30.  Tickets are expected to sell out, as they did in both 2015 & 2016. More information about BITE NW Arkansas is available at www.BITENWA.com.

5k @ the LPGA benefiting Mercy will start and finish at the Walmart AMP on Saturday, June 24. Early registration is $20, and includes participant race t-shirt, performance hat, water bottle, finisher’s medal and a complimentary race day breakfast.

All tickets and registrations are available by clicking here or calling the tournament office at 479.715.6100.

 

#NWAChampionship Renews Support of Razorback Golf Program

After successful two-year execution of Road to the #NWAChampionship, tournament continues to guarantee one University of Arkansas Female Golfer opportunity to play in annual LPGA event

The Road to the #NWAChampionship has been renewed for the 2017 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, officials announce today. The program began in 2015 as a partnership between the University of Arkansas Women’s Golf Team and the LPGA tournament to guarantee the best performing student-athlete on the team a Sponsor’s Exemption in the professional event. In addition, two qualifying spots are reserved for the next best performing Razorback athletes in the tournament’s qualifier round. The tournament is scheduled for June 19 – 25 this year, with the official qualifier taking place on Monday, June 19.

The Road to the #NWAChampionship began in an effort to formalize the process of selection for the sponsor’s exemption and qualifier spots that historically have been given to Razorback athletes. The success of the program over the last two years has far surpassed expectations, tournament officials say.

“What began as a way for us to simply formalize a process that we have essentially been doing since the start of the event, has had a greater impact on the tournament than we expected,” said Harry Hardy, tournament director. “The Razorback athletes really buy into the competition aspect and work hard in order to earn those spots. Through this, we’ve seen more Razorback athletes in our tournament field than ever and more Razorback sports fans coming out to watch the tournament.”

In 2016, Razorback Freshman Maria Fassi secured the Sponsor’s Exemption with a 72.56 Scoring Average. Teammates Alana 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 become one of our favorite traditions on the team,” explains Shauna Estes-Taylor, University of Arkansas Head Women’s Golf Coach. “The process inspires much more than great golf—it gives us an opportunity to hone skills our players will need in the future like writing and resume building. We thank the tournament for their ongoing support which year after year proves invaluable to our program”

The criteria for selection include team rankings and academic standing for the golfers. The top ranked University of Arkansas player as of May 11 is 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.

Razorback sports fans can keep up to date with the Road to the #NWAChampionship by watching KNWA’s nightly news coverage.

Tickets for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G will go on sale March 1. For more information and tournament news, please visit www.nwachampionship.com

BITE NW Arkansas Relocating to 8th Street Market

The two-day food festival as part of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G will be first large scale event at new culinary venue in Downtown Bentonville on June 22 & 23

8th Street Market, one of Bentonville’s newest culinary destinations, will mark its opening in Northwest Arkansas by hosting BITE NW Arkansas, a two-day food festival now in its third year in the region.  BITE will take place June 22 & 23 as part of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.

Encompassing approximately 10 acres along 8th Street in the Bentonville Market District near the Bentonville Square, 8th Street Market will ultimately showcase culinary education, music and the arts, new restaurant and hospitality venues, and other specialized food and drink concepts. 

“8th Street Market will bring a truly unique culinary experience to Northwest Arkansas. We could not be more excited to be their inaugural signature event, and to partner with them in building upon the momentum of BITE NW Arkansas,” said Harry Hardy, event director. “Moving BITE to Bentonville is a part of our ongoing vision to expand our reach within the community, particularly as part of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. The unique qualities that 8th Street Market will bring as an event venue will enable us to grow attendance, and enhance experiences for our restaurant and brewery partners, sponsors and guests.”

After selling out two years in a row at the Walmart AMP, BITE NW Arkansas will once again include two nights of events to appeal to the entire community. BITE Night One will take place Thursday, June 22, allowing event attendees the opportunity to discover and sample the area’s best restaurants, chefs and brands. Friday, June 23 will feature BITE Night Two—signature burgers from the best Northwest Arkansas restaurants and local libations in fun and relaxed atmosphere at this festival style event..

8th Street Market is home to Brightwater:  A Center for the Study of Food, a program of Northwest Arkansas Community College.  Brightwater represents one of the most comprehensive culinary arts and hospitality programs of its kind in the central United States.  Spring classes are now underway at Brightwater’s campus within 8th Street Market.

Glenn Mack, Brightwater’s executive director said, “Given all the culinary and hospitality growth throughout Northwest Arkansas and in Bentonville specifically, I think BITE NW Arkansas is a great way to help introduce 8th Street Market and Brightwater to the residents of the region. Brightwater and our students have been a part of BITE from its inception, and now that we share the site I’m sure our engagement will only grow in the future.”

In addition to Brightwater, Bentonville-based Bike Rack Brewery has announced that it will open an 8,000 square foot facility at 8th Street Market, its second location in Bentonville.  Beer will be brewed on site and sold for both on- and off-site consumption. Bike Rack will feature a 1,300-square-foot tap room with capacity for 90 people. 

“We are ecstatic that BITE NW Arkansas is moving to 8th Street Market and that our brewery will have the chance to help grow the impact of the event,” said Jeff Charlson, CEO and Partner, Bike Rack Brewing Company. “For two years BITE has paired great food with great beer, and that is authentic to the mission of Bike Rack and what I think we can expect to see at 8th Street Market in the long term.”

Tickets for BITE NW Arkansas will go on sale March 1 along with tickets to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Starting at just $30 for an individual, tickets are expected to sell out due to limited quantities. More information about BITE NW Arkansas and 8th Street Market is available at www.BITENWA.com.

Lydia Ko Named 2016 Champion of the #NWAChampionship

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G - Final RoundClaims her 13th LPGA title with a 3-shot win in Arkansas

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Lydia Ko used a final round 68 on Sunday at Pinnacle Country Club to capture her 13th career victory at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. The 19-year old set a new tournament scoring record with a three-day total 17-under par 196 and finished three shots clear of Morgan Pressel and Candie Kung.

“On this stretch of the last three weeks, I played really solid, and to go back home, I know winning the last event of the three week stretch I played, it’s a really cool feeling, and I’m going to enjoy the week off next week,” said Ko.

Ko, who was tied with Pressel at 14-under to start the day, came out firing on all cylinders and took control early in the round. She birdied four of her first five holes to extend the lead to four shots and never turned back.

She picked up her first of three bogeys on the day on the par 3 6th hole and Pressel followed it up with a birdie on No. 7 to cut the lead to two shots.

Ko and Pressel exchanged birdies on both Nos. 8 and 10 to keep the margin at two shots but Pressel stumbled down the stretch with four consecutive bogeys on Nos. 11-14.

“I had high hopes certainly, and I felt like I played pretty well for nine holes,” said Pressel. “Hung in there, but then I just couldn’t keep it going and couldn’t get lucky as I had been getting lucky. It just wasn’t my day.”

Ko’s back nine wasn’t as memorable as she would like, closing with a bogey on the 18th to drop to 17-under par but the Kiwi was more than pleased to take home career victory No. 13.

“I think I got I think the sun hit me a little bit. I was feeling a little tired, but, you know, I was trying to grind my way out,” said Ko. “It’s not really the fanciest finish, finishing up with a six, but I just think of it as me bogeying another hole, but it was a great week and I love coming back here.”

Thursday Pro-Am Results

1st – Joanna Klatten – (-17): score 54 (Won in a score card playoff on the first hole)

         David Lang

         David McWhorter

         Brooke Matthews

         Mark Ryan

 

2nd – Lydia Ko – (-17): score 54

         Sarah Semrow

         John Scholes

         Denny Belcastro

         Arist Mastorides

 

3rd – Sun Young Yoo – (-16): score 5

         Rick Clark 

         Chad Fletcher

         Clarke Nolte

         Jim Townsend

 

Closest to the Pin #17

         Randy Darby (2’ 9’’)

 

Long Drive Men’s

         Chris Hopp

 

Long Drive Women’s

         Brooke Matthews

 

#NWAChampionship Officials Prepare for Heat

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G kicks off on Friday with 144 players teeing up at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. In preparation for the expected high temperatures, organizers announce that free water will be available to all event spectators at the tournament this weekend. Water will be stationed throughout the course at concession stands and given out at no cost courtesy of Walmart and PepsiCo. 

 

“Keeping everyone safe on the course is our number one priority,” said Harry Hardy, Tournament Director. “We’re getting ahead of the heat to ensure that people who want to come out to the event can come out in a comfortable and safe environment.”

 

Other preparations include:

·         Spectator Shade Tents will be positioned every three to four holes throughout the course to offer relief from the sun

·         Cooling towels are available at the Walmart Kids Center presented by Dove and free to the general public

·         An air conditioned public viewing is available in the Filtrete Cooling Zone on the 17th Hole, the tournament’s signature hole known as the Gatorade Loudest Hole on Tour

·         Free Banana Boat sunscreen will be available at the driving range

Tickets to the tournament are $10 daily and $25 weekly, and can be purchased at the main admissions gates.  For more information, please visit www.NWAChampionship.com