“Officially winning the tournament would be great, not only for me but for the people of Arkansas that have supported me throughout my career,” Lewis said. “This is definitely a tournament that I would love to win. It’s a major for me. I always love playing in Arkansas, and everyone is always supportive. There is nothing like playing in front of a crowd and knowing that everyone wants you to do well. ”
Fan favorite Lewis, who unofficially won the rain-shortened tournament as an amateur in 2007, will lead the field at this year’s event. Lewis has seven career victories on the LPGA Tour, including one major championship and two victories this year. She capped off a stellar 2012, in which she had four wins and 12 top ten finishes, by becoming the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to win the LPGA Player of the Year award.
Lewis finished T-19 in 2012, shooting 1-under for the weekend. Ai Miyazato won in a tightly contested battle on the final day of tournament play. After beginning the day five shots back, Miyazato hit four birdies in a row on the front nine and two more after the turn, putting her in title contention and ultimately winning the event.
To continue the growing tradition of a family-friendly atmosphere, ticket prices for this year have been reduced, and children 17 and under will continue to be admitted free with a ticketed adult. Daily tickets are now $15, valid any one day Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23. Weekly ground passes, valid all week, can be purchased for $30.
“By lowering ticket prices, we wanted to give more fans the chance to see the best female golfers in the game, including the No. 1 player in the world, Stacy Lewis,” Tournament Director Harry Hardy said. “It’s also a great way to honor the community’s support from over the years, and we encourage fans to bring their families and friends to check out all the tournament has to offer.”
Tickets are on-sale now at www.nwachampionship.com or (479) 715-6100 ext. 7. Admission is free to the public Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 20. Children 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.
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