Thursday Pre-Championship Notes at Walmart NW Arkansas | LPGA

If anyone is bleeding from the University of Arkansas Razorback in red, it’s the 2008 graduate and 2022 Solheim Cup US captain. Stacy Lewis. The alum always likes to come back to their old stadiums every year for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and enjoy the chance to come back to Pinnacle Country Club, having won twice before. Lewis had his first two wins in 2007 as an amateur. However, this title will not count as an official LPGA Tour win because the event was shortened to 18 holes due to bad weather. But the second victory came in 2014 after her defeat christy careAnd the Lydia Koo And the Angela Stanfordholds a special place in Lewis’ heart as she was shared with her longtime friend and Arkansas women’s golf coach, Shauna Estes Taylor.

“In college, we played a home event here a few years ago, but honestly, winning in 2014 is probably the most special,” said the 13-time LPGA Tour winner. “I think about my hits and I made it to 18. Then I remember sitting inside the club with Shauna waiting for the end and knowing I won, just being there and the celebration that followed. I have so many memories here. It’s hard to pick one. It’s a great place for me. It’s a wonderful week.”

It’s also a busy week for others of the former Razorbacks on the field, with a range of dinners and events to attend before the tournament begins. Of course, Lewis gets involved as often as she can, but she has an extra layer of scheduling to deal with as the US Solheim Cup captain. Earlier in the week, Lewis finished the team’s outfit with Dunning Golf, the official uniform supplier for Team USA, and just last night, Lewis hosted a dinner with four players likely to be rookies for next year’s competition in Spain. It can be hard to stay focused on the game of golf you need to play, but Lewis says she’s always been a good time manager.

“I’m just really good at being where I am. Now, I’m Stacey the golfer, and when I’m with my daughter, I’m with my daughter, and last night I was the Solheim Cup captain. It was great to be here with these girls, and just to help them out,” said Lewis. I feel more comfortable with being next to me. He’ll help them go into next year and go to the Solheim Cup, so it’s important that I keep playing. I enjoy it. That’s number one.”

As she looks forward to the week at Rogers, golfer Stacey is hoping these 54 holes will be less “frustrating” than the rest of her season. She’s missed 7 cuts in 20 starts and only has three of the top 10 finishes to her credit, most notably the solo third at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational with Partner Maria Fassi. Lewis is currently ranked 54th in the race to the CME Globe, and with only six events remaining on the LPGA Tour calendar, she will do everything in her power to play in Naples at Tiburon Golf Club.

“Golf was frustrating. I certainly wasn’t where I wanted it to. During the week I was on the Dow with Maria, we played really well together, but outside of that it was inconsistent, it was choppy.” “But for these last few events, I really want to get to CME, kind of keep my streak there. So that’s really the focus, is trying these next three weeks to get some good finishes and work my way back there.”

In the middle of a great stretch of golf, Maria Vassi comes home

Just two weeks after getting her best result on the LPGA Tour, Maria Fassi She’s more poised than ever to earn her first LPGA Tour win in her home state of Arkansas. Qualifying for the sixth time in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, Fassi plans to build on her knowledge of the Pinnacle Country Club and finally take the elusive first win. Her best result in the event is a tie for 15th that came in 2020, and last year, she finished T51. But now, having had so much momentum derived from a major stretch of playing golf lately, the University of Arkansas graduate is confident she can win the title.

“I’ve played this golf course a lot more times than most people here. I try to come in and play in my off weeks and get a little bit more comfortable around the greens and some of the shirt on,” Vasey said. myself for a lot of situations I’m likely to be in. Now instead of feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I feel that during this week I can relax almost a bit more and know I’ll be fine because I’ve been pretty much prepared all year for this week.”

In July, Vasey took home the best finish of her career at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, placing third alongside fellow Razorback. Stacy LewisAnd the She said playing alongside her friend and mentor helped her think about “what my process should be like and perfect my plan for the rest of the year.” Less than two months later, she played in the final set on Sunday for the first time in her career in the Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G, and while her final round in Cincinnati got off to a rough start with two ghosts up front in the ninth, the Mexican golfer turned it around, finishing in Finish alone in third place. Vasey says she learned a lot from the experience and hopes to take those lessons with her as she looks forward to the final leg of the season.

“Cincinnati was of course a little different. I was on my own and struggled a bit at first,” said El Fassi. “But I think maybe it was just what I needed to keep learning and growing and working on some of the things that didn’t go as planned in the first few holes. But it’s good. I mean, I’ve been knocking on the door for the past few weeks, and I have to keep giving myself chances.”

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