For Release: Friday, August 20, 2010
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ROGERS, Ark. – The battle to secure the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings is expected to continue in September at the P&G NW Arkansas Championship presented by Walmart. Tournament officials have announced today LPGA Tour professional Cristie Kerr, who currently holds the No. 1 position, has committed to play in the event. Kerr will be joined by Ai Miyazato (No. 2) and Suzann Pettersen (No. 4), as well as defending champion Jiyai Shin (No. 3), who previously announced her return. The P&G NW Arkansas Championship presented by Walmart will be held, Sept. 6 – 12, 2010.
“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 runnerup 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.
Tickets to the tournament 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.
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Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned company founded in 1911 and employing more than 65,000 associates at over 370 sites, including 135 factories, in 68 countries worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., Mars, Incorporated is one of the world’s largest food companies, generating global sales of more than $28 billion annually and operating in six business segments: Chocolate, Petcare, Wrigley Gum and Confections, Food, Drinks, and Symbioscience. These segments produce some of the world’s leading brands: Chocolate – M&M’S(r), SNICKERS(r), DOVE(r), GALAXY(r), MARS(r), MILKY WAY(r) and TWIX(r); Petcare – PEDIGREE(r), WHISKAS(r), SHEBA(r), CESAR(r), NUTRO(r), GREENIES(r), and ROYAL CANIN(r); Wrigley – ORBIT(r), EXTRA(r), STARBURST(r), DOUBLEMINT(r) and SKITTLES(r); Food – UNCLE BEN’S(r), DOLMIO(r), EBLY(r), MASTERFOODS(r) and SEEDS OF CHANGE(r); Drinks – KLIX(r) and FLAVIA(r); Symbioscience – WISDOM PANEL(tm), SERAMIS(r), CIRKUHEALTH(tm) and COCOAPRO(r).
About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Duramed FUTURES Tour serves as the official developmental tour of the LPGA, consistently producing a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.
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Octagon Golf & Outdoors is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Golf & Outdoors focuses on premium event/property management, developing key player relationships and providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, three LPGA Tour events, one Nationwide Tour event and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit www.octagongolf.com.
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