Nasa Hataoka Wins NW Arkansas Championship For 1st LPGA Tour Title

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ROGERS (KFSM)–Over the 11 years of the Northwest Arkansas Championship, both established LPGA stars and major winners have hoisted the trophy. On Sunday, a new face reigned supreme at Pinnacle Country Club.

19-year-old Nasa Hataoka carded three rounds of 64-65-63 for a total of -21. It’s the first LPGA title for the Japanese golfer in just her second year on tour.

Hataoka also broke the 54-hole tournament record with her 21-under par. So Yeon Ryu held the record at -18, set in her win last June.

The next closest golfer was American Austin Ernst at 15-under par, also setting a new tournament record for largest margin of victory. Lydia Ko held the mark previously with a three stroke win in 2016.

Former Razorbacks Stacy Lewis (-9) & Gaby Lopez (-4) finished in the middle of pack, while current Hogs Maria Fassi (+4) & Dylan Kim (E) failed to make the cut.

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