The LPGA Tour is in Arkansas this week, which means hog calls
are in order. This is Stacy Lewis’ adopted home state, and
the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship her unofficial sixth
Tour officials shortened the par-3 17th hole at Pinnacle Country
Club in Rogers and added stadium-style grandstands to make this
year’s penultimate hole rock even harder.
“(The) 17th hole has always been the loudest hole, even
before this year,” said World No. 1 Inbee Park, who expects
players to attack the flag on that green with 9- and 8-irons.
Fans will save their best “Woo Pig Sooie” on 17 for
Lewis, who actually won this tournament, unofficially, while
playing at the University of Arkansas. Lewis opened with a 7-under
65 in 2007 to lead the field, but the remainder of the tournament
was rained out.
It’s a hectic week for Lewis, who also hosts the
AJGA’s KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior Open at the nearby Lost
Springs Golf & Athletic Club. On Wednesday, Lewis practiced
off-site before hosting a barbecue at her namesake event. It should
be noted that Lewis played in only a handful of AJGA events as a
junior and wasn’t heavily recruited out of The Woodlands,
Texas, by top colleges, making her an ideal source of
Lewis, who last won in March, hasn’t contended in Arkansas
since that washout in ’07 but would love to put on a show for
the Razorback faithful.
Her performances at Pinnacle Country Club since turning pro:
tied for 49th in 2008, tied for 21st in 2009, tied for ninth in
2010, tied for eighth in 2011 and tied for 19th in 2012.