Strong tournament field and charitable focus also highlighted
ROGERS, AR (JUNE 13, 2012) – Two-time defending Walmart NW Arkansas Champion and the No.1 ranked player in the world, Yani Tseng, visited Pinnacle Country Club yesterday as part of media day for this year’s event. The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G will return to Rogers June 25-July 1.
Tournament officials also highlighted other key features that will be part of this year’s event including:
- FIELD AND PURSE: As of this week the tournament field features 17 of the top-20 players in the Rolex World Rankings and every Tour winner this season. The list of competitors also includes 16 players who’ve captured major championships throughout their careers including two five-time winners Tseng and Se Ri Pak. The event’s purse of $2 million is one of the top five purses on the LPGA Tour including majors.
- 2012 CHARITABLE PROGRAM: This year’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship will have an estimated charitable impact of more than $400,000 in support of several different organizations and causes in the region. The primary focus of this year’s charitable initiative is a Goodwill Industries program in Northwest Arkansas, Providing Opportunities for Women through Education and Resources (Power). This program provides services to low-income women in Benton and Washington Counties in the form of job readiness training, placement and support. Several other local charities will also be receiving grants from the tournament
- HD BROADCAST: All three rounds of the tournament will once again be nationally-televised on the Golf Channel, and for the first time ever the tournament will air in high-definition (HD) through a tournament sponsorship from Funai, a consumer electronics manufacturer of major brands including Emerson, Sylvania and Symphonic.
- MILITARY AND SERVICE PERSONNEL IN FREE: The tournament will once again honor current and former military and service personnel by extending them free admission including their families all tournament week, June 25-July 1, by presenting some form of military ID.
Tickets are on sale at www.nwachampionship.com, or by calling (479) 715-6100. Daily tickets are $25, valid any one day, Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1. Weekly grounds passes, valid all week, can be purchased for $50. Admission is free to the public Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28. Children 17 years old and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult.