Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Tournament information
Location Rogers, Arkansas
Established 2007, 10 years ago
Course(s) Pinnacle Country Club
Par 71
Length 6,389 yards (5,842 m)
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 54 holes
Prize fund $2.0 million
Month played June
Tournament record score
Aggregate 196 Lydia Ko (2016)
To par −17 Lydia Ko (2016)
Current champion
New Zealand Lydia Ko
Pinnacle CC is located in the US
Pinnacle CC
Pinnacle CC
Location in the United States
Pinnacle CC is located in Arkansas
Pinnacle CC
Pinnacle CC
Location in Arkansas

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship is a women's professional golf tournament on the LPGA Tour in Rogers, Arkansas, north of Fayetteville. First played ten years ago in 2007, all editions of the tournament have been played at Pinnacle Country Club.

Procter & Gamble (P&G), a manufacturer of a wide range of consumer goods, became the title sponsor in 2008. The 2008 and 2009 editions were prefaced with "P&G Beauty", with the word "Beauty" dropped starting in 2010. Walmart, the world's largest public corporation, became the presenting sponsor in 2010.[1] Walmart became the title sponsor in 2011, with P&G as the presenting sponsor.

Due to inclement weather in 2007, only the first round on Friday was completed which classified it as an "unofficial tournament." An LPGA event must be at least 36 holes to qualify as official.[2] Stacy Lewis, then a senior at the University of Arkansas, led after 18 holes and was declared the unofficial winner. The tournament purse was cut in half and all professionals received winnings based on 50% of what they would have earned had the tournament been completed. Because Lewis was an amateur she received no earnings,[2] and all earnings by LPGA members were considered unofficial.

Tournament names through the years:

  • 2007: LPGA NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons
  • 2008–09: P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons
  • 2010: P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart
  • 2011–16: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G

Winners[edit]

Year Dates Champion Score To par Margin
of victory
Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2016 Jun 24–26 New Zealand Lydia Ko 196 −17 3 strokes 2,000,000 300,000
2015 Jun 26–28 South Korea Na Yeon Choi 198 −15 2 strokes 2,000,000 300,000
2014 Jun 27–29 United States Stacy Lewis (2) 201 −12 1 stroke 2,000,000 300,000
2013 Jun 21–23 South Korea Inbee Park 201 −12 Playoff 2,000,000 300,000
2012 Jun 29 – Jul 1 Japan Ai Miyazato 201 −12 1 stroke 2,000,000 300,000
2011 Sep 9–11 Taiwan Yani Tseng (2) 201 −12 Playoff 2,000,000 300,000
2010 Sep 10–12 Taiwan Yani Tseng 200 −13 1 stroke 2,000,000 300,000
2009 Sep 11–13 South Korea Jiyai Shin 204 −9 Playoff 1,800,000 270,000
2008 Jul 4–6 South Korea Seon Hwa Lee 201 −15 1 stroke 1,700,000 255,000
 2007  Sep 7 United States Stacy Lewis (a) 65 −7 1 stroke 625,000 0*

* The 2007 tournament was reduced to 18 holes and declared unofficial because of multiple rain delays;[3] the $1.25 million purse was halved.
Lewis was an amateur (and reigning NCAA champion); three professionals at 66 tied for the top money spot.[4]
The original tournament dates in 2007 were September 7–9.

Tournament records[edit]

 Year  Player Score To par Round
2008 Jane Park 62 −10 3rd
2008 Angela Park 62 −10 2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ "September Date, Purse Increase Announced for 2010". P&G NW Arkansas Championship. November 18, 2009. Archived from the original on April 5, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "LPGA NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons: Post Round Story and Interviews". LPGA. September 9, 2007. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Scoreboard: LPGA Tour". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. September 10, 2007. p. D2. 
  4. ^ "Golf roundup". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. September 10, 2007. p. E-5. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°17′49″N 94°11′56″W / 36.297°N 94.199°W / 36.297; -94.199