NWA Championship Brings Dierks Bentley to the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G

Brings Dierks Bentley to the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR

Tickets are now available www.arkansasmusicpavilion.com, or 479-433-5600

ROGERS, AR (April 21, 2014) – As part of LPGA week in Northwest Arkansas in late June, popular country artist Dierks Bentley will perform at the new Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) in Rogers on Saturday evening, June 28.  Tickets for the concert will be $8.00 and parking will be free, and 100 percent of concert proceeds will benefit local charities.

According to tournament officials, the Walmart AMP will open at 6 p.m. for the concert with local Fayetteville band Backroad Anthem opening the evening’s proceedings followed by Dierks Bentley.

“The mission of our tournament from day one has been to help improve and complement the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas, so providing a top concert event that benefits local charities along with world class professional golf over the weekend further reinforces that mission,” said Jay Allen, Tournament Chairman.

“Walmart’s sponsorship of both the AMP and the Northwest Arkansas Championship are important elements of giving back to the local community and enhancing the quality of life in our home region. We are delighted to tie the two events together, and look forward to seeing community golf and music fans come together to enjoy a week of festivities at Pinnacle Country Club and the Walmart AMP,” said Gisel Ruiz, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Walmart US.

Allen added that other artists that have headlined the community concert during LPGA week in the past include Huey Lewis and the News, Travis Tritt, Smashmouth, Three Dog Night, and Kenny Loggins.


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Harry Hardy – Tournament Director

 479-657-6410 or harry.hardy@octagon.com 

David Stewart- Concert Manager

479-657-6401 or david.stewart@octagon.com


About Dierks Bentley

Seven albums into one of country music's most-respected and most-unpredictable careers, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley continues to grow. His latest evolution comes in the form of RISER, Bentley's first album since the death of his father and the birth of his first son. Throughout his career, Bentley has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His last album HOME debuted at No. one on the Billboard Country Album Charts and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career No. one songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies and earned 11 GRAMMY nominations, countless CMA, ACM and CMT nominations and membership at the Grand Ole Opry. Bentley will kick off his headlining RISER TOUR on May 9 in Charlotte, NC. For more information on the upcoming tour and new music, please visit www.dierks.com.

About Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G

The 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G has become a premier stop on the LPGA Tour. On June 23th – 29th 144 of the world’s best LPGA Professionals will tee it up at Pinnacle Country Club competing for a $2,000,000 purse, and a chance to be named Champion of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G.

About Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (Walmart AMP)

The Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion – known as the Walmart AMP – is Arkansas’ premiere outdoor concert venue. The AMP has presented headlining concerts for the past 10 years, including rock, country and pop. The AMP has been a Walton Arts Center venue since February 2011 and has presented concerts at the Washington County Fairgrounds for the past two years. In its new, permanent home at Pinnacle Hills Rogers, the Walmart AMP will hold over 7,000 people and have the largest outdoor stage house in Arkansas.

About Walmart
Walmart helps people around the world save money and live better — anytime and anywhere — in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our 11,000 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide. Find out how innovative thinking, leadership through service, and above all, our commitment to saving people money so they can live better have made us the business we are today and are shaping the company we will be tomorrow.  Additional information about Walmart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) can be found by visiting http://walmartstores.com, and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

About Procter & Gamble 

P&G serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Ace®, Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Fusion®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Iams®, Lenor®, Mach3®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Prestobarba®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

About Octagon Events & Hospitality

Octagon, (IPG: NYSE) is the world’s largest sponsorship consulting practice, managing and influencing some $3 billion in sponsorship-related spending annually.  Octagon also is a pioneer and leader in athlete & personality representation and management.  With more than 800+ employees worldwide, Octagon works with hundreds of blue-chip corporate clients and more than 800 athletes & personalities clients and manages more than 5,000 events per year.  Octagon’s Events & Hospitality team operates four professional golf tournaments, a professional bass fishing tournament and numerous first-class corporate hospitality events. To learn more about Octagon, visit: www.octagon.com  

Get Your Tickets TODAY!!


Tickets are now available for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P & G.

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  • Daily Ticket – $15
  • Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29


  • Weekly Ticket – $25
  • Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29


  • The Club presented by MasterCard – $275
  • Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29



HSBC Women's Champions - Day Four


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


    • 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


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


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


    • 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


    • 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
    • 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


ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open - Day 4


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



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



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 - Day 2


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.”




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


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


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


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.