This marks the tenth anniversary of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G in Rogers.
To commemorate this year, KNWA is taking a look back at each year, and 2011 was a big year.
In 2011, the tournament started of with a name change!
The LPGA tournament officially became known as the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship, presented by P&G
Along with other sponsors, these companies made an immediate difference. One difference was donating $500,000 in cash and food to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
It was the largest single contribution in the food bank’s history.
“To actually live in the community and see where the needs are the impact it’s going to make is going to be huge,” Professional Golfer Stacy Lewis said. “I mean, half a million dollars, that’s crazy to get all these companies to come together and get people on the same page, it’s such a great thing and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”
Lewis was in attendance with the gift was made to the food bank. Lewis also competed in the tournament that year, finishing in eighth place.
For the second year in a row, Yani Tseng took home the trophy.
Golf wasn’t the only thing that happened in 2011.
Northwest Arkansas gained a huge business in Benton County. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors that year.
Crystal Bridges was a catalyst for growth in NWA and, like the championship, one more reason to draw visitors to our area!