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Sports: Razorbacks' Tubert to Play in Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Home to the LPGA’s Northwest Arkansas Championship, Pinnacle Country Club’s magnificent par-71, 7,001 yard layout offers golfers of all abilities a truly memorable experience in a pristine natural setting.

photographs courtesy of Pinnacle Country Club and U of A Media Relations

While the hearts and minds of the Razorbacks’ faithful may be preoccupied with the beginning of another football season, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville fans will have plenty of action to enjoy at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Currently ranked in the world’s Top 20 amateurs, sophomore golfer Emily Tubert is set to test her skills against the world’s best, following her selection as a sponsor’s exemption into this year’s LPGA Tour Event.

“I am excited to test myself and my game against the best in the world.  It’s an amazing opportunity and a world-class event, and I am so excited to be a part of it,” Tubert said.

Competing as an amateur among the world’s best professionals is a tall order, but Tubert has already amassed several impressive feats. She captured the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links title in 2010, prior to a freshman season that saw her set new school records with the best-ever finish for a freshman at the NCAA Championship, ending tied for 19th, and carded the lowest round throughout the season (63).
Tubert was also named a First Team All-American and SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, and led the team in several categories including: average score (72.16); most rounds scored in the 60s (10); and total tournament wins (3). Of the 12 tournaments played last season, Tubert finished first among her Razorback teammates eight times.

“Emily is one of the premier amateur golfers in the world, and she experienced much success at the collegiate level in only her first season,” said David Shoemaker, tournament director. “We are excited to offer her the opportunity to compete among the best female golfers in the world.”

Tubert joins a respected group of players from the Razorback program who have competed as amateurs in the NW Arkansas Championship, including current Kraft Nabisco Champion Stacy Lewis (2007, 2008), Lucy Nunn (2009) and Kelli Shean (2010).

“It is such an honor to be selected to compete in this amazing event,” said Tubert about her selection. “I am especially honored to be a part of the tradition of including players from the University of Arkansas. I watched the tournament last year and was so impressed by all of the support of the community.  The ‘Calling of the Hogs’ on 17 gave me goose bumps.”

Tubert feels added incentive competing with Lewis, who serves as a volunteer coach with the Razorbacks and who she called “a wonderful success story from the University.”

The Razorbacks have become one of the premier women’s golf programs in the country having earned eight consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, as well as three NCAA National Championship appearances. In each year of the NW Arkansas Championship, players from the University of Arkansas have earned exemptions or open-qualified — 12 players in total.

Not only will Tubert and the rest of the field be a part of great golf and competition, but everyone involved will help contribute to the tournament’s growing charitable efforts.

“I think it’s great to be a part of this charity-driven event,” Tubert said. “I love volunteering and giving back to the community whenever I can, and I think it’s awesome that the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G gives donations to local charities each year.”

In 2010 alone, more than $235,000 in charitable donations were distributed to local and regional charities, including: the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank; the PGA South Central Section Foundation; the First Tee of Northwest Arkansas; Pagnozzi Charities; the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter; Junior Auxiliary of Rogers-Bentonville; Youth Bridge; the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County; and the Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club.

Tickets to the 2011 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G are on sale online at nwachampionship.com; or by calling (479) 715-6100. Daily tickets are $25, valid any one day, Friday through Sunday. Weeklong grounds badges can be purchased for $50. Admission is free to the public Monday through Thursday for practice and pro-am rounds. Children 17 years old and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. For more tournament information, log onto nwachampionship.com; you can also find information at Facebook.com/NWAChampionship; or follow the event on Twitter @NWAChampionship.

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