Weekly Update: June 17, 2015

Competition: Final tournament field announced

Community: Pantene Beautiful Lengths returns, collecting ponytails for women battling cancer

New: Culinary experience enhanced with locally-inspired options for spectators

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G is just one week away and today tournament officials announce the world-class field for the ninth annual event, the return of Pantene Beautiful Lengths and an upgraded culinary experience for event week. The world’s best female golfers will return to Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers June 22-28. Tickets are on sale now.

COMPETITION: #NWAChampionship final field announced

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G has announced its field list for the upcoming LPGA event. Top LPGA professionals Stacy Lewis (2014 Tournament Champion), Inbee Park (2013 Tournament Champion) and Lydia Ko currently battling at the top of the Rolex Women’s Golf Rankings are confirmed to appear at Pinnacle Country Club June 22-28 for the tournament.

The newly-released field list also includes:

  • 17 of the Top 20 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings
  • 39 major wins of the combined field
  • 245 total wins of the combined field
  • The entire 2013 USA Solheim Cup Team
  • 10 of the current Top 10 USA Solheim Cup Points Earners

Other notable players scheduled to vie for the $2 million purse include Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, Morgan Pressel,  Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Yani Tseng (2010 & 2011 Tournament Champion), Ai Miyazato (2012 Tournament Champion), and University of Arkansas golfer Gaby Lopez. Lopez will join the field as a sponsor’s exemption.

COMMUNITY:  Pantene Beautiful Lengths targets generous hair donors in NWA

The tournament’s annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths event hosted in partnership with P&G is looking for individuals with eight or more inches of untreated hair in Northwest Arkansas to donate their hair for women battling cancer. Pantene Beautiful Lengths is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24 at the Walmart AMP. LPGA professionals and generous hair donors from throughout the community will gather to donate eight inches of their hair. The ponytails collected at the event will be donated to make real-hair wigs.

For the first time, the event will be held at the Walmart AMP and will include an exciting community cut and special guests. Donors and stylists will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag and two tournament tickets. Donors will also a free style from local hairstylists at the event. Donors or hair stylists interested in signing up can visit www.beautifullengthsnwa.com to sign up today.

NEW: Tournament enhances culinary experience

In conjunction with the tournament’s focus on enhancing the spectator experience at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, the event is proud to announce the new Spectator Refreshments Mercato.

The Spectator Refreshments Mercato will be found adjacent to the 17th and 18th holes and will feature three unique culinary options for spectators meant to enhance the food options at the tournament. The area will include signature dishes inspired by local area restaurants to represent the eclectic culinary scene of Northwest Arkansas.

In addition, a new lemonade stand for a good cause will also be featured in the Spectator Refreshments Mercado. Young philanthropist, Sophia Scott and her family will host a spin on the traditional lemonade stand, offering refreshing cups of lemonade to tournament spectators throughout the weekend. The stand will be accepting donations to support the NWA Children’s Shelter, a cause close to Sophia’s heart.

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