The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and the University of Arkansas Women’s Golf Team have again partnered on the Road to #NWAChampionship, an program which guarantees one Razorback student athlete an opportunity to play in the LPGA event this summer in Rogers, Ark. In addition, two spots in the tournament’s qualifying event held Monday of tournament week will also be reserved for the Razorback Women’s Golf Team. The Road to #NWAChampionship seeks to give female college athletes the chance to experience a professional level event while still in full-time education and also make the University of Arkansas a more desirable college to prospective recruits. In 2015, Gaby Lopez received the sponsor’s exemption and finished T29., Samantha Marks qualified for the event through the Monday qualifier and missed the cut.
The partnership, which began in 2015, includes specific criteria set for players to qualify. The criteria for selection include team rankings and academic standing for the golfers. The top ranked University of Arkansas player based on the Golfstat Cup Rankings as of May 10 will be 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.
The tournament has partnered with KNWA & Fox 24 to keep fans updated on the Road to #NWAChampionship. Viewers can tune into Razorback Nation to find out who is leading the quest to compete at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, which will be held June 20—26 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark.