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IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE with PAULA CREAMER

 

HSBC Women's Champions - Day Four

IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE with PAULA CREAMER

2013 HSBC Women’s Champions

Born: Pleasanton, Calif.

Lives: Windermere, Fla.

Birthdate: August 5, 1986 – currently 27 years, 6 months, and 28 days

Qualified for LPGA Tour: Won the 2004 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament

Turned Professional: December 2004

 

  • VICTORIES
    • LPGA: 10th career victory. Previous wins: 2005 Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury, Evian Masters. 2007 SBS Open at Turtle Bay, The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions. 2008 Fields Open in Hawaii, SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons, Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, Samsung World Championship. 2010 U.S. Women's Open

 

  • RACE TO THE CME GLOBE
    • Earns 500 points toward the Race to the CME Globe standings and moves into first on the points list with 921 points

 

  • ROLEX RANKINGS
    • With her win, Paula is projected to move from 11th to 8th in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings

 

  • MONEY
    • CAREER: With the $210,000 first-place check, Paula remains in eighth place on the LPGA Career Money List with $10,775,429
    • SEASON: Paula has earned $220,262 this season and is second on the LPGA Official Money List

 

  • TOURNAMENT SPECIFIC
    • Previous best finishes at HSBC Women’s Champions were third in 2008 and T3 in 2009

 

  • 2014 IN A NUTSHELL
    • 4 events, 4 cuts made, $$220,262 earned, 1 win, 3 top-3 finishes

 

  • 2013 RECAP
    • 23 events, 23 cuts made, $831,918 (11)
    • 6 top-10 finishes, 4 top-5 finishes
    • Recorded season-best runner-up finish at the Marathon Classic
    • Competed on her fifth U.S. Solheim Cup Team, posting a 1-3-0 record
  • OF NOTE
    • This is Creamer’s first victory since the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, a stretch of 79 tournaments without a victory
    • Improved her career playoff record to 2-2

IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE with KARRIE WEBB

ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open - Day 4

IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE with KARRIE WEBB

2014 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

 

Born: Ayr, Queensland, Australia

Lives: Boynton Beach, Fla.

Birthdate: December 21, 1974 – currently 39 years, 1 month, and 25 days

Qualified for LPGA Tour: 2nd at 1995 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament

Turned Professional: October 1994

                      

·         VICTORIES

o    LPGA: 40th career victory and her first since the 2013 ShopRite LPGA Classic

o    Remains sole position of 11th all-time on the LPGA Tour Career Wins List

 

·         MONEY

o    CAREER: With the $180,000 first-place check, Karrie remains second on the LPGA Career Money List with $18,348,097.75

o    SEASON: Karrie has earned $180,000 this season and is second on the LPGA Tour Money List

 

·         ROLEX RANKINGS

o    With her win, Karrie is projected to move from 8th to 7th in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings

 

·         TOURNAMENT SPECIFIC

o    This is Karrie’s first victory at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

o    Becomes the first Australian to win the event

 

·         2013 IN A NUTSHELL

o    21 events, 19 cuts made, $765,880, 6 top-10 finishes, 4 top-5 finishes

o    Crossed the $18 million mark in career earnings at The Evian Championship where she finished T15

o    Ranked eighth in scoring average (70.64) and 10th in average putts per greens in regulation (1.78)

 

·         OF NOTE

o    Earns 500 points toward the Race to the CME Globe

ISPS HANDA WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN Second-Round

ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open - Day 2

ISPS HANDA WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN

The Victoria Golf Club

Victoria, Australia

Second-Round Notes and Interviews

February 14, 2014

 

Caroline Hedwall -11, Rolex Rankings No. 21

Suzann Pettersen -10, Rolex Rankings No. 2

Minjee Lee -9, Rolex Rankings No. 214

Anna Nordqvist -8, Rolex Rankings No. 27

Paula Creamer -7, Rolex Rankings No. 12

 

Caroline Hedwall lists Australia as her favorite country to travel to and on Friday, the Swede fired a 7-under 65 to take the lead at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. The two-time European Solheim Cup Team member carded two eagles including a hole-in-one during Friday’s second-round to take a 1-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen.

 

“You guys have great golf courses down here and the people are so relaxed and so welcoming, nice weather,” said Hedwall. “I think everything is great down here.  It is absolutely one of my favorite stops.”

 

Starting the day on the back-nine, the charge up the leaderboard began for Hedwall after a birdie at the par-4 15th moved her to 1-under for the day.

 

Playing 160-yards, Hedwall took dead aim at the par-3 16th with a soft 7-iron. While she observed the ball hitting the pin, the lull from the crowd left her unaware she had just recorded her fourth hole-in-one.

 

“Yeah, number 16, yesterday I hit a full 7-iron over the green and it was basically the same yardage today, so I hit a soft one and it covered the pin all the way and then I just saw it bounce once and hit the pin,” said Hedwall. “But I didn't see it go in. I think the crowd up there, they didn't want to yell because Lorie (Kane) or someone was hitting off number 17, so we walked up there and they were like, it went in.  I was like, oh, nice [LAUGHS]. It wasn't really the feeling when you see it go in, but it's always nice.”

 

The solid play during Friday’s second round showed no signs of slowing down with back-to-back birdies at the par-5 18th and par-4 first before dropping a shot with a bogey at the par-4 third. Hedwall picked-up her second bogey of the day at the par-4 sixth to drop to 3-under for the day before a birdie at the par-3 seventh returned her to 4-under-par.

 

Hedwall went on to claim her third eagle of the tournament and second of the day at the par-5 eighth after hitting her second-shot to within 4-feet. Momentum continued to swing Hedwall’s way as she closed out her round in style with a birdie at the par-5 ninth.

 

While Hedwall’s impressive round moved her into the lead she has Rolex Rankings No. 2 Suzann Pettersen nipping on her heels. In search of her 15th career LPGA Tour victory, Pettersen carded five birdies and one bogey en route to a second-round 4-under 68.

 

“Today was not the best day, but when I had a good chance I kind of executed,” said Pettersen.”Just not a great day but sticking to the theme, coming down, finishing and coming back to my good feel – it’s very, very close. I’ve got to trust my feels and what I have to do.”

IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE with LEXI THOMPSON

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IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE with LEXI THOMPSON

2013 Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex

Guadalajara Country Club

November 17, 2013

 

Born: Coral Springs, Fla.

Lives: Coral Springs, Fla.

Birthdate: February 10, 1995 – currently 18 years, 9 months, and 7 days

Qualified for LPGA Tour: Won the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic as a non-member

Turned Professional: June 2010

·         VICTORIES

o    LPGA: Third-career victory; second as an LPGA Tour member Previous wins: 2013 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic

·         MONEY

o    CAREER: With the $200,000 first-place check, Lexi moves into the 128th spot on the LPGA Career Money List with $1,798,007

o    SEASON: Lexi crossed the $1 million mark in season earnings with $1,186,986 and moves into 4th on the 2013 LPGA Official Money List

·         OF NOTE

o    Becomes the fifth different multiple time winner this season joining Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, and Beatriz Recari

o    Earns 40 U.S. Solheim Cup points and moves into first on the points list with 96 points

·         TOURNAMENT SPECIFIC

o    Improves on her T26 finish she had in her only previous appearance at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in 2012

·         2013 IN A NUTSHELL

o    21 events, 16 cuts made, $1,206,989 earned, 2 wins, 5 additional top-10s

o    Ranks second in driving distance (270.289 yards) and second in eagles (12)

·         2012 RECAP

o    23 events, 19 cuts made, $611,021 earned (21), 4 top-10 finishes

o    Recorded season-best runner-up finish at the Navistar LPGA Classic where she also recroded a career-low 63 in the first round

o    Ranked second in driving distance with a 272.06 driving average, second in eagles (8) and second in Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year points

2014 NW Arkansas Championship Dates Announced

2014 Date Announced – Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P & G

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ROGERS, AR (OCT. 16, 2013) – The Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship presented by P&G will return to Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers in June 2014, tournament officials have announced. The dates for LPGA event week next year will be Monday June 23rd through Sunday June 29th, with the three rounds of tournament competition taking place Friday through Sunday of that week. Mark your calenders now to see LPGA's best compete for the championship.

 

Cancer Challenge Receives $100,000 Contribution From Tournament

Gift represents largest ever for Cancer Challenge

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ROGERS, AR (JUNE 27, 2013) – In honor of its 20th anniversary this week, the Cancer Challenge is receiving a $100,000 contribution from the recently completed Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.  The gift represents the largest contribution ever received by the organization.

According to Tina Waggener, executive director of the Cancer Challenge, given the size of the gift the organization's Board of Directors will now begin considering how best to apply the contribution toward one or more of the organization's key focus areas.  These focus areas include preventive education, treatment, navigation and social services, and survivorship.

"On behalf of the Cancer Challenge we are thrilled to accept this gift from the tournament,” said Tina Waggener, Executive Director of The Cancer Challenge. “Many more lives will be touched here in Northwest Arkansas as a result of this generosity.  The tournament has become one of the jewels in our community, and their commitment to improving the quality of life here for all our citizens is commendable."

In addition to receiving this contribution, the Cancer Challenge also joined the tournament and P&G in driving awareness and donor participation in the Pantene Beautiful Links program which helps provide free wigs to women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment including women in Northwest Arkansas.  This program culminates in a special hair donor event held annually during LPGA week in Northwest Arkansas.  At this year's event on June 19 at the John Q. Hammons convention center in Rogers, 344 people donated their hair toward this cause, more than double the donors from the previous year.

The 20th Cancer Challenge event takes place June 27-29 in Northwest Arkansas and consists of golf and tennis tournaments, a trap shoot, a run-walk, and the Sparkle and Spurs gala.

"The Cancer Challenge has been doing important work in Northwest Arkansas for 20 years now, and as part of our charitable outreach this year we wanted to do something of significance to support the organization's mission and outreach in this community," said Jay Allen, Tournament Chairman.

Allen added that as part of this year's tournament, charitable contributions and product donations totaling $135,000 have been made to numerous organizations throughout Northwest Arkansas, increasing the charitable impact the tournament has made in the community since its inaugural event seven years ago.

Local organizations that will be benefitting from the tournament this year include: the Cancer Challenge, the Benton County and Fayetteville Boys & Girls Clubs, the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, the Mercy Foundation, and the South Central Golf Foundation.  In addition to these organizations, the Walmart Foundation as part of LPGA week made a $25,000 grant to Dress for Success to establish a local affiliate and also made an additional $475,000 grant to Dress for Success to fund 15 Dress for Success Career Centers across the U.S.  

The Cancer Challenge is a non-profit organization serving the Northwest Arkansas community for 20 years.  To date the organization has invested more than $10 million in local cancer services and programs serving more than 280,000 people in this community.

A Mile for Mercy Surpasses 2,000 Miles in First Year

Tournament to Donate $5,000 to Mercy Health Foundation

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ROGERS, AR (JULY 26, 2013) – Over two thousand miles were walked by spectators at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G as a part of the A Mile for Mercy program being held at the tournament and to celebrate the community’s achievement, the tournament will make a $5,000 contribution to the Mercy Health Foundation.

“Listening as those who tracked their miles on the Mercy pedometers was a lot of fun for us,” Kyle Brunen, Health & Wellness Program Manager Community Integration & Outreach for Mercy, said. “As they began to see how simply engaging in activities they already enjoy, like golf, can equal up to some very healthy steps, people became really excited about the program. We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and to receive their generous donation to the work of Mercy.”

“It was a fantastic tournament this year and having Mercy Northwest Arkansas involved was a great way to bring awareness to all that they are doing to improve health and wellness in Northwest Arkansas,” Tournament Director Harry Hardy said. “There was tremendous support from the community and it’s opportunities like this that showcase what a great community this really is. Fans were able to take the pedometers home with them, so our hope is that the focus on health and wellness continues throughout the year.”

Spectators were encouraged to wear pedometers to track the distance they walked during the tournament with an overall goal of 500 miles by week’s end. Over 2,000 pedometers were distributed to fans including Bob Pellegrino of Hot Springs who walked 3.87 miles and was selected as the winner in the random drawing of all program participants. Pellegrino won a mountain bike package.

Local organizations benefiting from the tournament in addition to Mercy Northwest Arkansas this year included: the Cancer Challenge, the Benton County and Fayetteville Boys & Girls Clubs, the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and the South Central Golf Foundation. 

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

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More than 400 people donated their hair to make wigs for women fighting cancer on Wednesday at the Pantene Beautiful Lengths event at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. LPGA player Jane Rah and caddie Kurt Moskaly were among those who had their hair cut at the seventh annual event at the LPGA’s stop in Northwest Arkansas.

LPGA stars Mina Harigae, Jennifer Johnson, Brittany Lang, Sarah Jane Smith, Brittany Lincicome, Azahara Munoz, Morgan Pressel, Beatriz Recari, Yani Tseng and Wendy Ward, as well as LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan, offered their services as haircutters.

“I knew about the event last year, but I didn’t have long enough hair so I kept it in mind all year,” said Jane Rah. “I did not expect the event to be so big. It was amazing to see the whole community come out and support such a great cause.”

In addition to Wednesday night’s participants, 100 donors cut their hair prior to the event, taking the total number of donations to more than 400, a record number for the event. The first-ever Pantene Beautiful Lengths event in Northwest Arkansas in 2007 had only eight participants. This year, every school in the Northwest Arkansas region was represented from students ranging from five to 18.

 

Inbee Park Wins in a Dramatic Playoff

ROGERS, AR (JUNE 23, 2013) – Rolex World Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park (69-65-67=201) won the 2013 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G in a dramatic finish, defeating 2012 Rookie of the Year So Yeon Ryu in a one-hole playoff. With five birdies in the final round, Park overcame a four-shot deficit on Sunday to secure her fifth victory of the season at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

The leader board stayed tight all day, and Park birdied three consecutive holes on the front nine to move into contention.  With the birdie on 18, Park looked to have her fifth victory of the season locked in, until Ryu also birdied 18 to force a playoff. Park and Ryu played their playoff on the 18 hole, and Park sunk a four-foot birdie putt for the win after a 30-yard chip. With her eighth career victory, Park added $300,000 to her career earnings, moving her total to over $6.7 million.

“It feels great,” Park said. “This is one of my favorite stops.  People are just so nice here, and the course was in great condition this year.  The greens were rolling very pure,  so I was able to putt really well on this golf course and play very solid last three days and, yeah, I mean holed a lot of putts and it was just a little tough day.  I had to play playoff with best friend, but, yeah, that's got to happen sometime.”

While the Seoul, South Korea native Park is accustomed to winning on the LPGA Tour, with two major victories and two other tournament wins this season, being four-behind the leaders put less pressure on her heading into the final round.

“I mean there was a lot of leaders at 10-under and coming from behind that takes a lot of pressure off of me,” Park said. “That takes pressure off of everybody when they finish before everybody and, you know, just try to post a number before everybody and just waiting and see what happens.  I think, yeah, I prefer to play a couple groups in front, yeah.  I mean, I have a lot of tournaments that I won that I came from behind.  So I think this was one of them.”

Local favorite and former University of Arkansas Razorback Stacy Lewis, who entered the day tied for lead with Beatriz Recari, shot par in the final round, to finish 9-under (67-65-71=203) and in fifth place. While Lewis had her sights on winning, the love from the hometown crowd gave her motivation throughout the weekend.

“Seventeen was so cool,” Lewis said. “I had been waiting for it to get loud like that the last few years and it was awesome today.  18 was pretty cool, too.  It gives me goose bumps even thinking about it.  You can't ask for more.  I finished top 5 and still played pretty decent today.”