Events Ahead: LPGA P&G NW Arkansas Championship

Jill M. Rohrbach
jillsjourneys@gmail.com
Here are the top four reasons to attend the LPGA P&G NW Arkansas Championship on Sept. 6-12 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers:

1) Cristie Kerr, who currently holds the number one position in the Rolex Rankings; 2) Ai Miyazato, who holds the number two spot; 3) Jiyai Shing, number three; and 4)Suzann Pettersen, number four. These women will continue to battle it out to see who can earn the top ranking at next week’s tournament, presented by Walmart.

“Our expectation this year is that we will have the best field of players ever for our event,” said Jay Allen, Tournament Chairman. “We have a championship caliber golf course at Pinnacle and a purse of $2 million this year, and the top players in the world are clearly responding to this.”

Kerr reclaimed the top-ranked position earlier this week. She originally held the position for three consecutive weeks in late June and early July due to her wins at the LPGA State Farm Classic and LPGA Championship presented by Wegmans, before losing it to Ai Miyazato, who now holds the No. 2 position. Kerr has carded six top-10 finishes for the year including another top performance as a runner-up at the 2010 HSBC Women’s Championship.

Miyazato, of Japan, began the 2010 LPGA Tour season strong, carding three wins in her first five events. Her fourth win at the Shoprite LPGA Classic propelled her to the No. 1 position, before losing it to Kerr. Miyazato has also carded six top-10 finishes for the year.

Norway’s Pettersen continues to search for her first LPGA victory of the season after carding six top-5 finishes on the year. Pettersen has runner-up finishes at the Honda PPT LPGA Thailand, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the Bell Micro LPGA Classic and the U.S. Women’s Open. She has held the No. 4 position for four consecutive weeks.

In conjunction with the LPGA tournament, Smash Mouth, a rock band known for hit songs “Walkin’ on the Sun,” and “All Star,” will be coming to Dickson Street in Fayetteville, Ark. for a free concert on Friday, Sept. 10. The M&M’s Dickson Street Concert will be held in the Walton Arts Center parking lot located at 495 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville. The show will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Smash Mouth is a 60’s influenced garage band with a keen pop sensibility that maintains a timeless quality. They have sold over 10 million records worldwide. The band’s first two albums, 1997’s Fush Yu Mang, and 1999’s Astro Lounge, were certified multi-platinum. Smash Mouth’s self-titled album, released in 2001, reached gold status.

Tickets to the LPGA championship are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.NWAChampionship.com or by calling 479-715-6100. Daily tickets are $25 for championship play, Friday through Sunday. Week-long grounds badges can be purchased for $50. Admission is free to the public Monday through Thursday. Children 17-years old and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

Fans also can support local charities by purchasing an LPGA weekly ticket through one of eight participating organizations. These charities are selling $50 weekly tickets and keeping 100 percent of the proceeds.

To learn more about the tournament’s charitable ticket program and for other tournament information, visit http://nwachampionship.com/ or follow the event at www.facebook.com/NWAChampionshipand www.twitter.com/NWAChampionship.

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