ROGERS, AR (June 2, 2014) – Two University of Arkansas golfers, incoming junior Gabriela Lopez and recently graduated senior Emily Tubert will be joining the field as sponsorship exemptions at the 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. The tournament will return to Pinnacle Country Club June 23-29 for the eighth successive year.
“We are excited to be able to offer both Gaby and Emily a spot in the tournament this year,” said Tournament Director, Harry Hardy. “Both girls had an impressive year as Razorback golfers. Notably, Emily will be making her professional LPGA debut at the tournament, and we are excited to help launch her promising career. We are proud to support our local emerging female golfers, and we look forward to seeing them tested against the best in the world as they compete in our tournament.”
Hailing from Mexico City, Mexico, Gabriela Lopez was selected to the SEC First-Team as a sophomore Razorback golfer, her second All-SEC honor. She finished the year with a team-best 72.85 stroke average, and has a 72.87 career average.
In addition to her upcoming professional debut, Emily Tubert was recently awarded the 2014 Dinah Shore Trophy by the LPGA Foundation. The Trophy recognizes female collegiate golfers who excel in academics, leadership skills and community service. Tubert wrapped up her time as a Razorback with six medalist titles, 21 top five and 26 top 10 finishes. She finished with a 72.25 career stroke average and a 1.05 average versus par.
Lopez and Tubert will appear alongside an impressive tournament field, including defending champion and World Number 2 Inbee Park, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, and former Razorback golfer and new Number 1 player in the world Stacy Lewis. Nine of the Top 10 Rolex World Rankings Players and nine of the 10 LPGA Tournament Champions so far in 2014 are scheduled to appear at the tournament.
“With the inclusion of Emily and Gaby to our field alongside World Number 1 Stacy Lewis, we have players representing the past, present and future of the University of Arkansas golf program. We encourage golf and Razorback fans alike to come out to the event this year and cheer them on to the top of the leaderboard,” added Hardy.
Tournament officials also announced that Saturday will be College Day at the LPGA where players and fans are encouraged to wear their favorite college colors to the tournament.