Over 100 Donors Participate in Pantene Beautiful Lengths Week

PBL Week 20152The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G is proud to announce that over 100 individuals (ages 5 and up) generously donated eight or more inches of their hair to those fighting cancer as part of the official Pantene Beautiful Lengths Week in Northwest Arkansas. Four elementary schools were selected throughout the region to host cutting events this week. The breakdown of school donations were as follows:

Central Park Elementary (Bentonville): 9 donors

Jerry “Pop” Williams Elementary (Farmington): 29 donors

Russell D. Jones Elementary (Rogers): 53 donors

Walker Elementary (Springdale): 8 donors

In addition to the participants who donated their hair this week, additional previously-cut ponytails were collected at each school.

These events acted as a prelude to the official Pantene Beautiful Lengths event that will be held during LPGA week on Wednesday, June 24 at the Walmart AMP. Hair donors and stylists may still sign up to participate in the major hair cutting event. The hair collected through Pantene Beautiful Lengths will directly help women affected by cancer in Northwest Arkansas.

To learn more about Pantene Beautiful Lengths, please visit www.BeautifulLengthsNWA.com.

#NWAChampionship on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G welcomed Golf Channel's Morning Drive and host Lisa Cornwell to Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday, May 19. The show filmed several segments live from the Bentonville Square, featuring guests such as 2014 champion Stacy Lewis, Jeff Long, Bret Bielema, Michelle Gloekler, Mindy Sherwood, Gabby Lopez and more! Watch clips from the broadcast below. 
 

Three Razorback Golfers Receive Opportunity to Play in 2015 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G

University of Arkansas Junior Gaby Lopez secures Sponsor’s Exemption, and Regina Plasencia and Samantha Marks will compete in qualifier event

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The Road to #NWAChampionship came to a close today as the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G announced the recipient of its Sponsor’s Exemption for the 2015 LPGA tournament. University of Arkansas Junior Gaby Lopez clinched the spot with a 71.76 Scoring Average, making her the top ranked Razorback golfer. Regina Plasencia and Samantha Marks were close behind with the second and third scoring averages, giving them the opportunity to play in the tournament’s qualifier event. The criteria for selection included team rankings and academic standing for the golfers.

“I couldn’t be happier to earn an opportunity to compete in my third Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G,” said Lopez. “Not many collegiate golfers have had the chance to test their skills against the best golfers in the world, and to be able to do so for the third year now—I feel very lucky.”

Lopez has played in the NW Arkansas Championship twice, finishing T57 in 2014. The 21-year-old golfer hails from Mexico and took up golf when she was 4 years old. She has played on the Razorback Golf Team since her freshman year at the University of Arkansas. Earlier this year, Lopez finished T3 at the Mexican Amateur Championship. In 2014, she was selected to the All-SEC First Team, her second All-SEC honor. Lopez played in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur and is currently ranked 9th in the Golfstat Player Standings.

Razorback Junior Regina Plasencia closed out the season with a 73.16 scoring average and Sophomore Samantha Marks finished with an average of 74.04. Both golfers will compete in the tournament’s qualifier round on Monday, June 22 for a chance to claim each of the two spots available in the official tournament field. Plasencia competed in the 2014 qualifier, finishing with a score of 77. This will be Marks’ first year to compete in the tournament qualifier.

“As their coach, I am immensely proud of each of these student-athletes for their hard work throughout this spring season,” said Shauna Estes-Taylor, head coach of the Razorback Women’s Golf Team. “The competition was fierce and the scoring came down to the wire. Gaby, Regina and Samantha are extremely deserving of these spots, and I know they will represent our Razorback Golf Team very well.”

The Road to #NWAChampionship was announced earlier this year as a partnership between the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and the University of Arkansas Women’s Golf Team. The program guarantees one Razorback student-athlete a Sponsor’s Exemption into the tournament and two qualifying spots for the Razorback Women’s Golf Team in the 2015 & 2016 LPGA events. Past exemptions have included Stacy Lewis and Emily Tubert. 

Colbie Caillat set to perform at the Walmart AMP

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Grammy® award-winning artist rounds out growing list of events associated with LPGA week

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G announced today that Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum songstress Colbie Caillat will be performing at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Courtesy of Walmart, tickets will be available at the discounted rate of $5 and $10 with all proceeds benefitting local charitable organizations. Gates will open at 6pm and show will start at 8pm, tickets will go on sale April 17, and will be available through the Walmart AMP online at www.arkansasmusicpavilion.com or by calling 479.443.5600.

Two-time Grammy® Award-winning artist Colbie Caillat has sold over 6 million albums and 10 million singles worldwide. Her breakthrough hit "Bubbly" remains "one of the best-selling digital tracks in history.” COCO, her multi-platinum debut album, hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, while her gold-selling sophomore set Breakthrough landed at #1. 2011's All Of You yielded the gold “I Do” and platinum “Brighter Than The Sun,” which enjoyed over twenty film and television placements.

“LPGA week in Northwest Arkansas will certainly end on a high note with the inclusion of Colbie Caillat’s performance at the Walmart AMP. We are so excited for her to lend her talent to what will definitely be an exciting week for our fans, sponsors and LPGA professionals alike,” said Event Director Harry Hardy. “The community concert is a great way for us to bring world class talent to Northwest Arkansas while benefitting important local causes, this is by far the most exciting lineup of events for LPGA week we have ever had.”

The Walmart Community Concert is the final event to be announced in conjunction with LPGA week. Other notable events include: Taste of NW Arkansas, NW Arkansas Beer and Burger Fest, and 5K @ the LPGA benefitting Mercy. The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G will see the top female golfers in the world return to Pinnacle Country Club June 23-28 for the ninth year.

Tickets for the LPGA tournament, food events and 5K registration are available at www.nwachampionship.com.

5K @ the LPGA

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Lace up those running shoes for what is sure to be a unique 5k experience during LPGA week in Northwest Arkansas. Runners will start at the Walmart AMP, wind their way through the Pinnacle Country Club community, onto the golf course and run along the tournament's signature hole—the Gatorade Loudest Hole on Tour, #17. Register now for the inaugural 5k @ the LPGA! 

 

Click here to register! 

 
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What: Chip timed 5k race

When: June 27, 2015

Registration: 6:30 a.m.

Race Starts: 7:30 a.m.

Location: Start & Finish @ the Walmart AMP

Early registration: $20 until June 22

Race week registration: $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NW Arkansas Food Festival

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The newest addition to #NWAChampionship week is the inaugural NW Arkansas Food Festival, benefiting the NWA Food Bank and bringing the region together to celebrate the local food movement happening right here in our backyard. NW Arkansas Food Festival will showcase the best food, craft brews, restaurants, ingredients and chefs this area has to offer.

In its inaugural year, the NW Arkansas Food Festival will be held at The Walmart AMP with foodies, craft beer lovers and everyone in between gathering together for this first of its kind event in Northwest Arkansas, featuring two days of extraordinary food and drink events on June 25 & 26, 2015. 

Thursday, June 25

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Taste of NW Arkansas hosted by Carla Hall

Tickets: $30 per person, $50 per couple, $20 youth ticket (valid for children ages 12-20)

Celebrity Chef Carla Hall of the hit TV show, The Chew, and Tyson Executive Chef Mario Valdovinos will co-host this grand tasting style event. Mix, mingle and sample menu items from the best restaurants and chefs from across the region at Taste of NW Arkansas. A variety of restaurants will present southern comfort-inspired signature dishes for sampling at the Walmart AMP.

Click here to buy tickets.

 

Friday, June 26

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NW Arkansas Beer & Burger Fest

Tickets: $30 per person, $50 per couple, $15 designated driver ticket 

Must be 21 to enter. IDs will be checked at the gate. 

A traditional beer fest with a burger twist! Come taste your way through the craft beer scene in NW Arkansas and help name the 'Best Beer of the Natural State'. Ticket holders will be able to sample signature burgers prepared by local restaurants at the Walmart AMP. 

Click here to buy tickets.

 

First Ever NW Arkansas Food Festival Added to #NWAChampionship Week Lineup

Tournament officials announce two new events aiming to showcase the thriving culinary scene of the region.

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G announced today two new signature events as part of the ninth annual LPGA week June 22-28 in Rogers. The inaugural NW Arkansas Food Festival will take place Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26 at the Walmart AMP and will consist of two events, Taste of NW Arkansas hosted by Carla Hall and NW Arkansas Beer & Burger Fest.

In its ninth year, the tournament hopes to engage a broader audience in the community and continue to showcase Northwest Arkansas as a great place to live and work,” said Harry Hardy, Tournament Director. “Culinary is the next step for us as we bring the region together to highlight the best food, brews, restaurants, ingredients and chefs Northwest Arkansas has to offer. These two new exciting events will offer something for everyone, from foodies and craft beer lovers to couples looking for a fun date night, and we thank our partners at the Walton Arts Center and Walmart for coming together to make this possible.”

The NW Arkansas Food Festival joins a lineup of community events planned for the week that already includes a community concert, charity events and the world’s best female golfers competing at Pinnacle Country Club.

“LPGA week in Northwest Arkansas will be bigger and better than ever this year with the addition of the NW Arkansas Food Festival to the schedule,” stated Gisel Ruiz, Executive Vice President of Walmart International People. “This festival is an important opportunity for our community to come together, and celebrate the food and culture of the region Walmart has proudly called home for more than 50 years.”

The announcement is made with commitments from local restaurants Theo’s, Roma and Deluxe Burger (representing the Bowman Group), Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie, and local brewery Core Brewing Company. More restaurant and brewery announcements to follow and interested parties should contact the Tournament Office. Tyson, Walmart, Clorox, Kraft, Coke and the Walton Arts Center are committed as founding sponsors.

Taste of NW Arkansas

taste-of-nw-arkansas-logoCelebrity Chef Carla Hall of the hit ABC TV show, The Chew, and Tyson Corporate Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Innovations Mario Valdovinos will co-host Taste of NW Arkansas on Thursday, June 25 at the Walmart AMP. This signature grand tasting style event will allow attendees to mix, mingle and sample southern comfort inspired menu items prepared by the best restaurants and chefs from throughout the region.

“Tyson is excited to partner with the Tournament to shine a much-deserved spotlight on the many talented local chefs, restaurants and quality ingredients found here in Northwest Arkansas,” said Tyson Corporate Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Innovations Mario Valdovinos. “The growing culinary scene here is truly remarkable and one that I am proud to be a part of—I am excited to see my fellow food nerds at Taste of NW Arkansas this June.”

NW Arkansas Beer & Burger Fest

Beer BurgerNW Arkansas Beer & Burger Fest is scheduled for Friday, June 26 at the Walmart AMP. This event will shine a spotlight on the best local craft breweries the region has to offer while also highlighting the depth and breadth of beer available at Walmart. The evening will also include burger sampling from local restaurants and live music. Guests will have the opportunity to help select the Best Beer of the Natural State with bragging rights for a year and a $5,000 purse up for grabs.

Tickets are expected to be in high demand with only 1,000 available for each event, so attendees are encouraged to purchase in advance. Ticket prices for Taste of NW Arkansas are $30 for an individual, $50 for a couple and $20 for children ages 12-20. General admission NW Arkansas Beer & Burger Fest tickets are $30 and $50 for a couple. For those who would like to sample burgers only, tickets are available for $15. (Must be 21 years old to enter NW Arkansas Beer & Burger Fest.)

Tickets and information for both the golf tournament and the food festival are available at nwachampionship.com.

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Click here to purchase tickets to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and the NW Arkansas Food Festival!

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General Admission Tournament Tickets

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Daily Ticket: $15 

Valid ANY ONE day Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28

Weekly Ticket $25

Valid EVERY day Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28

Kids 17 & under admitted free wtih a ticketed adult.

 

The Club

Gen TicketsEnjoy the #NWAChampionship like you never have before. The Club is an exclusive hospitality suite overlooking the 17th hole offering ticketholders an enhanced experience to watch the best female golfers in the world. Unlimited food and drinks included.

 

Daily Ticket: $95

Valid ANY ONE day Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28

Weekly Ticket $250

Valid EVERY day Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28

 

Taste of NW Arkansas 

taste-of-nw-arkansas-logoMix, mingle and enjoy sample sized menu items prepared by the best restaurants from throughout the region. Celebrity Chef Carla Hall and Tyson Executive Chef Mario Valdovinos will host the evening.

 

 

Adult General Admission: $30

Couple's Ticket: $50

Valid for two people.

Youth Ticket $20

Valid for children ages 12-20

 

NW Arkansas Beer & Burger Fest

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A traditional beer fest with a burger twist! Sample local brews paired with signature burgers prepared by local restaurants. Attendees will help crown the Best Beer of the Natural State. Must be 21 to attend. IDs will be checked at the gate.

 

Adult General Admission: $30

Couple's Ticket: $50

Valid for two people.

Designated Driver Ticket: $15

Have fun minus the beer.

 

 

 

Volunteer Registration Now Open!

CLICK HERE to Register to Volunteer for the 2015 Tournament! 

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Please contact Tournament Coordinator Cate Oldfather at (610) 952-8023  or Cate.Oldfather@octagon.com for any questions or concerns that you may have about volunteering for the 2015 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. 

 

Committee Descriptions

 

Admissions/Will Call

Admissions volunteers are responsible for staffing the ticket booth and assisting security to ensure that all spectators have the proper tickets for entry. Will Call Volunteers are responsible for staffing a location for ticket buyers to pick up previously purchased tickets.

  • Shifts are available Tuesday – Sunday for Admission/Will Call.

 

Caddie Tent

Caddie Tent Volunteers are responsible for assisting the professional caddies throughout the Tournament.  Volunteers are also responsible for distributing and collecting caddie bibs, towels and lunch vouchers. Other duties include managing the caddie tent and caddie registration.

  • Shifts are available Monday – Sunday for Caddie Tent.

 

Carts

Manage the Cart Area and control the charging, distribution, and collection of carts to authorized personnel.  Volunteers will also be responsible for using carts on course to help shuttle players.

  • Shifts are available Monday – Sunday for Carts Committee.

 

Driving Range
Assist in providing and maintaining a suitable driving range for all players. Specific duties include maintaining supplies such as range balls, beverages and player identification signs. 

  • Shifts are available Monday – Sunday for Driving Range.

 

Hospitality

Hospitality Volunteers help in the Suites on the 17th and 18th Green.  You will help ensure and enjoyable experience for spectators by helping get crowd excited and also making spectators aware of golf etiquette.

  • Shifts are available Friday – Sunday for Hospitality Committee.

 

Finance
Assist Tournament Staff with providing check-cashing services to LPGA players and caddies.  A certified CPA or a background in banking is preferred.

 

  • Shifts are available Monday – Sunday for Finance Committee.

 

Marshals
Ensure fair play among all participants as well as safety for spectators, and are stationed at locations throughout the course. Focus is on the tees, landing areas, greens and spectator crosswalks. There is a mandatory pre-tournament training session for this position.

  • Shifts are available Wednesday – Sunday for Marshals.

 

Media Center
Assist Tournament Staff with the general operations of the Media Center and promotion of the Tournament.  Duties include checking in members of the media, assisting with clipping articles and other tasks as assigned by the tournament staff.

  • Shifts are available Tuesday – Sunday for the Media Center.

 

Player Services
Responsible for player registration as well as set up & organization of the locker room, player mail distribution and handling miscellaneous player requests. Volunteers are needed on the Sunday before the Tournament to set up the player locker room.

  • Shifts are available Monday – Sunday for Player Services. This committee is for Women ONLY.

 

Pro-Am
Responsible for assisting the Tournament staff with amateur registration, coordination of bag drop with the Pro Shop and gift bag assembly/distribution.

  • Shifts are available Wednesday & Thursday for Pro-Am Committee.

 

Pro-Am Operations

Assist groups participating in the Pro-Am, including driving carts, caddie, and various other duties.

  • Shifts are available Wednesday & Thursday for Pro-Am Operations Committee.

 

Scoring Central
Scoring Central Volunteers are responsible for obtaining the scores from walking scorers via radio and entering them into the computer for the electronic scoreboard. Computer skills and capability to use radio is preferred.

  • Shifts are available Friday – Sunday for Scoring Central Committee.

 

Scoring Tents/Runners 
Stationed in the scoring tents behind 9th and 18th holes; you will obtain scorecards from the players after they have completed their round. The “Runners” are responsible for running scores at the completion of each round to the necessary locations.

  • Shifts are available Friday – Sunday for Scoring Tents/Runners Committee.

 

Standard Bearers
Responsible for carrying a standard (with the names and scores for each professional) on the course for an entire round. Physically demanding; volunteers should be at least 13 years old and able to walk 18 holes of golf & carry a standard for entire round. A tournament t-shirt will be provided for the volunteer to wear during your shift. No fee required, unless volunteer benefits wanted. Some golf knowledge is helpful.

  • Shifts are available Friday – Sunday for Standard Bearers.

 

Supply Distribution 

Responsible for distributing product such as water, soda and snacks throughout the course. This committee is physically demanding.

  • Shifts are available Monday – Sunday for Supply Distribution Committee.

 

Television
Assist the television network staff in production of telecast.  Substantial golf knowledge is necessary; physically demanding.

  • Television Committee Volunteers are needed Friday – Sunday of Tournament Week and MUST be available to work all three days.

 

Transportation

Responsible for transporting players, staff and VIPs to various locations (including hotel, airport and private housing) in courtesy vehicles provided by the Tournament. Committee works before & after Tournament. A copy of your license is required. Volunteers are needed to help with staging of vehicles on the Saturday and Sunday before the Tournament and the Monday after the Tournament.

  • Shifts are available the Sunday before the tournament through the Monday after the tournament for the Transportation Committee.

 

Volunteer Services
Responsible for staffing the volunteer headquarters, handling uniform distribution and maintaining a comfortable working environment for the volunteers. Volunteers are needed during advance week for the distribution of uniforms to all volunteers.

  • Shifts are available Saturday before tournament and Monday – Sunday during Tournament Week for Volunteer Services.
  • Volunteers are also need to help with Volunteer Distribution Saturday before the Tournament.

 

Walking Scorers
Each scorer follows a particular group with a wireless handheld palm and headset, marking each stroke and specific statistics. At the end of each hole, these volunteers are responsible for communicating scores to the central scoring network. Training will be provided, however, substantial golf knowledge is necessary.  Must be able to walk 18 holes.

  • Shifts are available Friday – Sunday for Walking Scorers.