In the Winner’s Circle with So Yeon Ryu

Hometown/Resides: Seoul, South Korea/Dallas, Texas

Birthdate: June 29, 1990 – currently 26 years, 2 months, 27 days

Qualified for LPGA Tour: Won the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open

Rookie Year/ Turned Professional: 2012/2008



LPGA: Fifth career victory

PREVIOUS LPGA WINS: 2017 ANA Inspiration, 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, 2012 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Presented by Kroger, Owens Corning and O-I, 2011 U.S. Women’s Open

KLPGA: Six career victories in four seasons on the LPGA of Korea



With her win, Ryu earns 500 points and is projected to move from third to first in the Race to CME Globe with 2,195 points



With her win, Ryu earns $300,000; she has earned $1,212,820 this season and $7,795,207 in her career



Previous finishes:           

2016 – T13; 2015 – T29; 2014 – 5; 2013 – 2; 2012 – T10



  • 11 events played, 10 cuts made, two victories, seven additional top 10s, $1,212,820



  • Ryu is the first multiple winner of the 2017 LPGA Tour season
  • She is one of seven players from the Republic of Korea to win on Tour this season
  • Ryu lost the 2013 Walmart NWA in a playoff when Inbee Park birdied the first extra hole

Wednesday & Thursday Pro-Am Results



1st place: Austin Ernst (Pro), John Barrett, McKay Barnes, Steven Hawk, Kyle Lowery

Score: 54 (17 under)

2nd place: Sung Hyun Park (Pro), William Cho, Hyoung-sei Park, KJ Kim, Keith Williams

Score: 55 (16 under)

3rd place: Katherine Kirk (Pro), Chad Mitchell, Rosetta Parks, Jeff Howe, Trent Jones

Score: 55 (16 under)


1st place: Danielle Kang (Pro), Dan Krauss, Bob Miklos, Graham Chronister, Heather Sutherlin

Score: 54 (17 under)

2nd place: Gerinna Piller (Pro), Dan Bartlett, Jeff Gearhart, Brett Biggs, Michael Cheney

Score: 55 (16 under)

3rd place: Kim Kaufman (Pro), Bart Schaller, Beto Casellas, Whit Goodrich, Michelle Murphy 

Score: 55 (16 under)



See Below for Photos from Wednesday's Rounds




Yoga on the Green – Sunday, June 25


Enjoy a FREE 45 minute yoga class led by Allisson Kublanov of Bee Well Yoga on Sunday morning of #NWAChampionship Week, June 25. The class will begin at 8:00am in Hub479, the tournament's brand new structure on the 17th Hole. After the class, enjoy complimentary mimosas and the fun atmosphere of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G!

All skill levels are invited to participate.

The first 100 participants will receive a free gift courtesy of Youtheory.

Click here to register now! 

Three Razorbacks Golfers Earn Opportunity to Play in 2017 Event


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

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 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.