NWA Championship Comes To An End

The 7th Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship presented by P and G 2013 has come to an end with thousands who watched the pros in action.

“We’re just pleased with everything,” said Jay Allen, championship chairman. “It’s probably been the best weather we’ve ever had, which leads to the best crowds.”

Allen said they’ve received plenty of positive feedback.

“They’re saying what an important event and what a big event this has become in Northwest Arkansas, not just in Rogers but for the whole region,” Allen said. “That’s really what we are trying to do is help improve the quality of life but it’s great to hear that.”

Dale Green, spectator, said it’s all about the experience.

“It’s (about) seeing the little things you don’t see on television, hear all the conversations between the caddies and the players, you see what’s behind the scenes that you don’t see on television,” Green said.

Stacy Lewis was a local favorite with one of the largest followings.

“It gets people out just because they can attach to somebody that came to the U of A and that they can get behind and she seems to love it,” Mitch Heisser said.

Samantha Arroyos, Fayetteville High School golfer, said she loved watching the pros.

“If you love the game then it’s an amazing thing and it will just make you want to come back every year,” Arroyos said.

Allen said he looks forward to next year’s championship to attract an even bigger crowd of all ages.

“Lots of kids out here, which is great to see but really there are some things we can do better and differently but we’ve pleased overall,” Allen said.

This was the first year the tournament had a party atmosphere at the 17th hole and Allen said there are talks of expanding that for next year.