It’s old home week for Stacy Lewis

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.