ROGERS, Ark. – Tournament officials have announced University of Arkansas golfer Kelli Shean will receive the last of two sponsor exemptions into the 2010 P&G NW Arkansas Championship presented by Walmart. An official LPGA event, the P&G NW Arkansas Championship presented by Walmart returns to Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers this week, Sept. 10 – 12.“Kelli is a talented collegiate golfer who has proved that she can compete on the LPGA Tour,” said Jay Allen, Tournament Chairman. “We are delighted to give a local favorite this opportunity.”
Shean, a South Africa native and senior on the University of Arkansas’ golf team recently shot a one-under 70 in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open in July. She finished the day tied for second after qualifying for the event earlier in the week. During her junior year as a Razorback, she earned All-SEC first team honors after finishing fourth at the league championship. She also received All-American honors during her junior year by the National Golf Coaches Association after several solid amateur performances.
Every LPGA Tour event is allowed two sponsor’s exemptions which are used at the discretion of tournament management and corporate partners. The exemption is used for golfers not fully qualified for the event and guarantees them a playing spot in the field. Fifteen-year-old Alexis Thompson was offered the first exemption spot in May 2010.The final two spots in the field will be determined today at a qualifying event at Pinnacle Country Club. Two additional University of Arkansas golfers will participate. Sophomore Victoria Vela and senior Corinna Rees will represent the Razorbacks in hopes of obtaining the last spots into the tournament. In June, Vela tied for sixth at the Texas Women’s Open, finishing as the top amateur at the event. Rees’ most notable amateur finish came at the Women’s Southern Amateur at Lookout Mountain Golf Club where she finished as runner-up.
Tickets to the 2010 P&G NW Arkansas Championship presented by Walmart are on sale at www.nwachampionship.com or by calling (479) 715-6100. Daily tickets are $25 for championship play, Friday – Sunday. Week-long grounds badges can be purchased for $50. Admission is free to the public Monday – Thursday. Children 17-years old and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.
To learn more about the tournament’s charitable ticket program and for other tournament information, visit www.NWAChampionship.com or follow the event at www.facebook.com/NWAChampionship and www.twitter.com/NWAChampionship.
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