It's old home week for Stacy Lewis
The LPGA Tour is in Arkansas this week, which means hog calls are in order. This is Stacy Lewis’ adopted home state, and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship her unofficial sixth major.
Tour officials shortened the par-3 17th hole at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers and added stadium-style grandstands to make this year’s penultimate hole rock even harder.
“(The) 17th hole has always been the loudest hole, even before this year,” said World No. 1 Inbee Park, who expects players to attack the flag on that green with 9- and 8-irons.
Fans will save their best “Woo Pig Sooie” on 17 for Lewis, who actually won this tournament, unofficially, while playing at the University of Arkansas. Lewis opened with a 7-under 65 in 2007 to lead the field, but the remainder of the tournament was rained out.
It’s a hectic week for Lewis, who also hosts the AJGA’s KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior Open at the nearby Lost Springs Golf & Athletic Club. On Wednesday, Lewis practiced off-site before hosting a barbecue at her namesake event. It should be noted that Lewis played in only a handful of AJGA events as a junior and wasn’t heavily recruited out of The Woodlands, Texas, by top colleges, making her an ideal source of inspiration.
Lewis, who last won in March, hasn’t contended in Arkansas since that washout in ’07 but would love to put on a show for the Razorback faithful.
Her performances at Pinnacle Country Club since turning pro: tied for 49th in 2008, tied for 21st in 2009, tied for ninth in 2010, tied for eighth in 2011 and tied for 19th in 2012.