Monday, September 14, 2020

JUNIOR CLUB ROLLS OUT TODAY

PBA Junior Club Rolls Out Today for Youth Bowlers All-New Junior Club Available for Girls and Boys Under Age 17 with Dreams of Competing in the PBA New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association is proud to announce the launch of PBA Jr., a new club exclusively for youth bowlers that will encourage and support their participation in the sport as they begin their journey to become a professional. Youth bowlers under age 17 can sign up today for the PBA Jr. Club in one of two tiers - PBA Jr. Basic Tier or PBA Jr. Premium Tier. Each tier offers discounted entry fees into PBA Jr. regional tournaments, early access to PBA Tour events, merchandise, and much more. PBA Jr. Basic Tier - $39.95 annual fee Discounted entry fees into PBA Jr. regional tournaments Official PBA Jr. Bag Tag Exclusive PBA Jr. merchandise kit including official PBA bowling towel, water bottle and hat Early access to PBA Tour event tickets and free upgrades on tickets purchased *BowlerX.com discounts: 10% off orders with free shipping 20% discount to annual FloBowling subscription for new subscribers Annual free game voucher at any Bowlero Corp center PBA Jr. Club Premium Tier - $89.98 annual fee Official PBA Jr. High 5 customized jersey Discounted entry fees into PBA Jr. regional tournaments Official PBA Jr. Bag Tag Exclusive PBA Jr. merchandise kit including official PBA bowling towel, water bottle and hat Early access to PBA Tour event tickets and free upgrades on tickets purchased *BowlerX.com discounts: 10% off orders with free shipping Free download of PBA Pro Bowling console game (available for Xbox One, Steam, Nintendo Switch or PS4) 20% discount to annual FloBowling subscription for new subscribers Annual free game voucher at any Bowlero Corp center The PBA Jr. Club will also offer youth bowlers the opportunity to compete like a professional in PBA Jr. tournaments while bowling for a chance to win SMART scholarships. Tournaments, including the PBA Jr. National Championship, will be announced at a later date. With the success of the inaugural PBA Jr. National Championship Regionals and efforts to advance the sport of bowling at every level, the PBA Jr. Club is one of many opportunities for youth bowlers to get a head start before entering PBA Tour level competition. For additional information and to sign up for the PBA Jr. Club, visit pba.com/junior. *BowlerX.com discounts – some exclusions apply. No discount allowed on items protected by manufacturer pricing policies and on existing sale items. About the PBA The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

WINNERS CIRCLE WITH MIRIM LEE

ANA_Inspiration_fc_digital.jpg ANA Inspiration Mission Hills Country Club | Rancho Mirage, Calif. | Sept. 10-13, 2020 In the Winner’s Circle with Mirim Lee Sept. 13, 2020 Hometown/Resides: Gwangju, Republic of Korea/Grapevine, Texas Birthdate: Oct. 25, 1990; currently 29 years, 10 months and 19 days LPGA Tour Status: Finished second at the 2013 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to first earn LPGA Tour status Turned Professional/Rookie Year: 2009/2014 VICTORIES LPGA: Fourth career victory and first major PREVIOUS LPGA TOUR WINS: 2017 Kia Classic, 2014 Reignwood LPGA Classic, 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic KLPGA: Three career victories MONEY With her win, Lee earns $465,000; she has earned $465,000 for the season and $4,667,546 for her career PREVIOUS ANA INSPIRATION RESULTS 2019 – MC; 2018 – T30; 2017 – T14; 2016 – MC; 2015 – T11; 2014 – T26 2020 LPGA TOUR PERFORMANCE Three events played, one cut made, $465,000, one victory OF NOTE This is Lee’s first major title She has three victories on the KLPGA Tour, coming at the 2013 KG-Edaily Ladies Open, 2012 Korean Women’s Open and 2011 S-OIL Champions Enjoys watching baseball Has a Maltese named Chung Nam Turned professional in 2009 and played on the KLPGA’s developmental tour Twice recorded career-low rounds of 62, most recently during the first round of the 2016 AIG Women’s Open

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

JR. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

PBA Jr. National Championship Regional Results 20 youth bowlers, top 4 from each regional qualifier to advance to PBA Jr. National Championship New York, NY – Over 500 of the best youth bowlers, ages seven to 17, from around the country took to the lanes to begin their journey to become the first ever PBA Jr. National Champion. The fierce competition kicked off on September 4th with the regional portion of the inaugural event split into four qualifying tournaments at Bowlero locations across the country. Each regional had the same format – two squads of six-game qualifying rounds followed by two semi-final qualifying games for the top 50 percent of players. After eight qualifying games, the top 20 players advanced to match play for six final games. The long-running Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament (PB3) served as an additional qualifier for the East Region. The top two boys and girls in the PB3 event automatically secured a spot in the PBA Jr. National Championship. The youth bowlers brought their A-game, including three perfect 300-games, but only the top two boys and girls secured spots to advance to the National Championship. Midwest Region – Bowlero Wauwatosa Top Boys 1. Nate Purches, Marlborough, Mass. 3,077 2. Blake Martin, Oakdale, Minn., 3,017 Top Girls 1. Jillian Martin, Stow, Ohio, 2,705 2. Hailey Triske, Minnetonka, Minn., 2,643 South Region – Bowlero Marietta Top Boys 1. James Bennett, Huntingtown, Md, 2,920 2. Joshua Collins, Fortson, Ga., 2,831 Top Girls 1. Annalise O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 2,860 2. Aliyah Alleyne, Sanford, N.C., 2,614 Southwest Region – Bowlero Euless Top Boys 1. Spencer Robarge, Springfield, Miss., 3,045 2. Julian Michael Salinas, Richmond, Texas, 2,858 Top Girls 1. Lara Kurt, Leland, N.C., 2,626 2. Jaelle Hamman, Jarrell, Texas, 2,548 West Region – Bowlero Christown Top Boys 1. Hunter Mayes, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 2,982 2. Zach Greim, Poway, California, 2,895 Top Girls 1. Katelyn Abigania, San Diego, Cali., 2,649 2. Emily Cheesman, Hemet, Cali., 2,388 East Region – Howell Lanes Top Boys 1. Randal Dubar, Milford, Mass. 2. Parker Laubach, Bethlehem, Pa. Top Girls Paige Peters, Toms River, N.J. Victoria Varano, Stony Point, N.Y. 300 games: Julian Salinas, Nolan Blessing, Cincinnati, Ohio; Silas Lira, Tampa, Fla. Each regional tournament guaranteed a first place $2,000 SMART Scholarship. SMART scholarships were also awarded to one out of every six (1:6) entries in each division. The top two boy and girl finishers from each regional will move on to the National Championship to compete for a $7,500 SMART Scholarship. The National Championship date will be held in conjunction with a PBA National Tour stop, to be named at a later date. The PBA is committed to advancing the sport of bowling at every level and the PBA Jr. National Championship is one of many opportunities for youth bowlers to enjoy when they join PBA Jr., a new club exclusively for ages 17 and under, set to launch mid-September. For additional information and to learn more about the PBA Jr. Club, visit pba.com/junior. With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com. About the PBA The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

MUSEUM'S VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING

Museum's Virtual Programming Series Spotlights Moe Berg Moe Berg's baseball career consisted of 15 unremarkable big league seasons. Berg's remarkable life, however, fascinates fans and historians to this day. Berg will be featured in a Virtual Curator Spotlight program at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 2, as part of the Museum’s Safe at Home initiative. The mysterious Berg, who spoke multiple languages and worked for the United States government during some of the most critical times in the country's history, hit .243 over 663 career games with the Dodgers, White Sox, Indians, Senators and Red Sox in the 1920s and 1930s. The Berg Virtual Curator Spotlight is one of several upcoming events on the Hall of Fame’s channels, including (all times Eastern): Virtual Curator Spotlight: Moe Berg Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2 p.m. Morris Berg spent 15 seasons in the big leagues, mostly as a backup catcher with teams struggling to stay out of the American League basement. But Berg’s story remains one of baseball’s most unusual and mysterious tales – and lives on today through books, movies and an exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. This Curator Spotlight experience will give our virtual visitors the unique opportunity to learn about the creation process behind our Moe Berg: Big League Spy exhibit, featuring a special interview with a Hall of Fame curator. This program is free, but registration is required. Virtual Ask the Expert: Creating an Exhibit: Part 2 Tuesday, Sept. 8, 3 p.m. This program highlights the National Baseball Hall of Fame's exhibit creation process. This session will pick up at the point of where the curatorial team focuses on identifying stories and artifacts, working with our Exhibits and Design Departments, and then opening the exhibit to the public. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions via the Zoom chat function as time allows. Virtual Field Trip: Roberto Clemente Day Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2 p.m. The Hall of Fame celebrates Roberto Clemente Day by talking to longtime executive Luis Mayoral, who has worked for five decades within the game as a journalist, broadcaster and team official. Mayoral, a close friend of Clemente and the entire Clemente family, was the first person hired by a major league team to serve as a Latin American liaison, helping players from the Caribbean adjust to life in the United States while serving as a team translator. Mayoral will offer his personal memories of Clemente, giving rare insight into Roberto’s personality, determination and sense of humor. This virtual program is free, but registration is required. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions via the zoom chat function as time allows. Register to participate in these free virtual programs by visiting the Museum’s Events webpage at baseballhall.org/events. Once capacity is reached via Zoom connection, participants may join us live on the Hall of Fame's Facebook page for all events. These events are a part of the Museum’s regular virtual programming series, and past programs can be found at the Hall of Fame’s YouTube Channel. Connect with the Museum through all the Hall of Fame’s online offerings via Safe at Home, which features educational and cultural resources that include: The Museum’s Digital Collection at collection.baseballhall.org, which features historic photographs, scouting reports, audio oral histories and artifact images from the Museum’s vast collection Free downloadable educational curriculum which cover 15 different topics ranging from mathematics to character development and are tailored to three different school levels from elementary to high school Transcription opportunities for fans as part of our ongoing digitization of our Correspondence Collection Historic and current videos at the Hall of Fame’s YouTube Channel, featuring Hall of Famer biographies, in-depth interviews and highlights of past Hall of Fame Weekends Online exhibits that provide a virtual tour of the Museum, as well as through Google Arts & Culture

Monday, August 31, 2020

LPGA NATIONAL AWARDS WINNERS

Courtney Mahon is Teacher of the Year, Kimberly Coleman is Professional of the Year, Maria Lopez is Coach of the Year and Stephanie Peareth is Junior Golf Leader of the Year DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 31, 2020 – The LPGA Professionals announced today the following members as winners of the 2020 national awards in acknowledgement of their dedication and achievements: Courtney Mahon, Falcon Ridge Golf Course at Tour Striker Midwest in Lenexa, Kansas, Teacher of the Year; Kimberly Coleman, Vista Valley Country Club in Vista, California, Professional of the Year; Maria Lopez, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, Coach of the Year; and Stephanie Peareth, Melreese International Links in Miami, Florida, Junior Golf Leader of the Year. The national award winners were selected by the LPGA Professionals membership’s Executive Committee from the pool of Section Award winners voted on by officers of the six regional sections: Central, International, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Western. Teacher of the Year, Courtney Mahon The LPGA established the National Teacher of the Year Award in 1958. The award is given annually to the female golf professional who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments related to the teaching of golf during the year. An LPGA Professionals Class A member, Courtney Mahon, currently serves full-time in several teaching positions. Mahon has been the Director of Instruction at Tour Striker Midwest Academy since 2017, as well as the Head Women’s Golf Coach for the Olathe Northwest High School. She is an LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Site Director and is also the Director of Tour Striker Midwest Junior Academy, running programs that include PGA Junior League and Nike Junior Golf Camp, among many others. Mahon has served as a captain of multiple PGA Junior League teams since 2017, including four in 2020. Mahon is heavily involved with the LPGA Professionals organization, where she has served as the LPGA Central Section Treasurer and has been a member of the LPGA Professionals Tournament Committee since 2017. She also is the LPGA Professionals National Chair for the New Member Committees. “It is truly an honor to receive this incredible award. It has been a lifelong goal of mine,” said Mahon. “I am thankful to be a part of such a dynamic organization and to learn from some of the most respected instructors in the industry.” In 2018, Golf Digest named Mahon to their Best Young Teachers in America list. From 2012-2017, Mahon was the Lead Instructor for the Tour Striker Golf Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. During that time, she was also the Head Instructor for the Nike Junior Golf Camps at Pebble Beach in the summers of 2013 and 2014. Mahon secured her first teaching position in 2008, where she was the Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Missouri in Kansas City until 2009. Mahon has a background rooted in professional golf, where she was a playing member of the Symetra Tour (2007-2012) and the Cactus Tour (2008-2012). She played collegiately at the University of Arkansas (2002-2006), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and a Minor in Psychology. Professional of the Year, Kimberly Coleman The LPGA Professional of the Year was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Professionals member primarily engaged in a golf operation, golf association or industry position, promoting the game through player development, growth of the game initiatives and other golf-related activities. Kimberly Coleman has been in professional golf for over 18 years and was promoted to Head Golf Professional at Vista Valley Country Club (Vista, California) in 2018. She has worked with the USGA and AJGA in hosting five USGA Qualifiers and four AJGA tournaments since 2016. Having joined Vista Valley in 2010, Kimberly is responsible for tournament operations, merchandising, instruction, junior golf camp coordination, staff management, playing with members, creating special events and daily golf operations. Coleman’s initiatives at Vista Valley have continued to promote and support the LPGA by communicating with both members and non-members through the golf industry. In her time as the Club’s Head Golf Professional, Coleman has increased club revenue by coordinating several successful golf outings, tournaments, and junior programs, including clinics with LPGA Tour player Tiffany Joh. In the past three years, Coleman has served on the LPGA Western Section Tournament Committee (2016-2017), was the LPGA Western Section Treasurer (2017-2018) and was a PGA Section Golf Professional of the Year in 2018. Since 2019, she has been a member of the LPGA National Tournament Committee and currently serves as LPGA Western Section President. “I’m so honored to receive this award and to represent such an outstanding organization. The hundreds of talented and dedicated women of the LPGA continue to inspire and motivate me. I have a quote hanging in my office, ‘The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away,’” said Coleman. “This award is truly a thank you to my family, my friends, my mentors, the LPGA, Callaway and my Vista Valley CC family who have all helped me find my purpose and allow me to share my passion for the game of golf.” Before becoming a dual LPGA Professionals Class A Member and PGA Class A Member, Coleman was a professional player, competing on numerous mini-tours throughout the U.S. and Canada from 2000 to 2010. She made one attempt at qualifying for the LPGA Tour, played in numerous U.S. Women’s Open Qualifiers, and competed in many State Open tournaments throughout the years. In 2006, she was part of a small contingent of U.S. golf professionals who traveled to Xaimen, China to compete in the country’s inaugural “Orient Open.” From 2005-2013, Coleman also owned and operated ProGolfEvents.com, to promote women’s professional golf and provide professionals worldwide access to events throughout the U.S., while also organizing professional tournaments for women golfers in Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego to provide additional playing opportunities. Before pursuing golf professionally, Kimberly served as Director of Operations of the National Volleyball League, a women’s professional indoor organization. Coleman graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Business-Marketing in 1992 and was also a member of SDSU’s intercollegiate basketball team. Coach of the Year, Maria Lopez The LPGA Professionals Coach of the Year Award was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Professionals member who is actively engaged in teaching and/or coaching golf at the collegiate or high school level. Maria Lopez enters her 21st season at the helm of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University women's golf program in 2020-21. Lopez pioneered the women’s golf program at ERAU in 2000 and during her tenure, the Embry-Riddle women’s golf team has accrued five regional championships, seven conference titles, and had an incredible run of 14 consecutive NAIA National Championship appearances (2002-15). Remarkably, from 2003-2013, the Eagles strung together 11 straight top-six finishes at the NAIA National Championship, twice finishing as national runner-up and four more times placing third overall. A true teacher of the game, Lopez has seen her Eagles earn 41 All-America honors, and has coached 20 NAIA National Championship All-Tournament team members, 40 All-Sun Conference team members, 23 All-Region honorees and nine Conference/Region Players of the Year. In the classroom, Lopez has overseen 61 Academic All-Conference awardees, 18 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and most recently, the program's first-ever WGCA All-American Scholars (four) in 2019. From 2003-10, Lopez also assumed the head coach position of the men’s golf program, leading them to two National Championship appearances, a conference championship runner-up team finish and 12 top-three finishes. In addition, Lopez’s student-athletes garnered several individual honors, including three individual titles, one All-America honor, one Sun Conference Player of the Year, four All-Sun Conference team members, two All-Region XIV team members, one conference A.O. Duer Award nominee, 13 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and 12 Academic All-Conference recipients. As a head coach at ERAU, Lopez was named Regional/Conference Coach of the Year eight times and was the Sun Conference Coach of Character Award winner in 2010. She was also awarded the 2007 Coach of the Year by the LPGA Professionals, marking the first time a coach from an NAIA institution had been given the award. “Being an LPGA Class A Member and the Women’s Golf Coach at Embry-Riddle has been my life’s calling and a dream come true,” said Lopez. “I am overjoyed to have our program be recognized for its growth and achievement. It is a tremendous privilege and honor that brings great pride to our student-athletes and alumni. We are beyond humbled and grateful.” A three-year letter winner at Alabama, Lopez competed for the Crimson Tide from 1989-92 and graduated in 1993. During her tenure at Tuscaloosa, Lopez won a U.S. Women’s Amateur sectional qualifier, earning her the right to participate in the 1992 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Lopez later turned professional and played on the Futures Tour in 1993, while also competing on the Asian (1994,1997), European and Australian Tours (1994). In 1998, she retired from full-time competition after a long battle with injuries. Lopez returned to competitive golf in 2000 and occasionally competes in various professional events in order to maintain and sharpen her skills as a player and instructor. She also has caddied in numerous LPGA and Symetra Tour events since 1994. Junior Golf Leader of the Year, Stephanie Peareth The LPGA Professionals Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award was established in 2012 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Professionals member who excels in teaching and promoting golf for juniors. Originally from England, Peareth came to the U.S. to play collegiate golf. She started at Pfeiffer University from 2010-2012, transferring in 2012 to Concord University. Peareth was an NCAA Tournament Qualifier during the 2012-13 and 2013-2014 seasons, winning seven times as a CU Mountain Lion. Peareth started on her LPGA Professionals journey in 2015, after brain surgery and an incurable brain condition diagnosis. She underwent two of her three brain surgeries before taking over as the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Miami site director in 2015, aborting plans to become a professional player because of her brain condition. The program has grown exponentially in the last five years, from 15 girls to over 200 with over 50 active events per year. In 2016, she was recruited at First Tee of Miami as their girl’s director and became a Level 3 Certified First Tee Coach. Over the past 4 years, she has continued to create and implement many programs for junior golfers with the goal of giving young men and women as many opportunities as possible to pursue their dreams. “It is incredible to win this award and be recognized as a junior leader! 2020 has been a battle and a very tough personal year and to know that I was able to keep focused and dedicated to my work to achieve this makes me proud of myself,” said Peareth. “Junior golf is the future of our industry and to be a small part of this amazing organization helping pave the way and create a positive fun and accessible path for juniors is an award itself! This is a truly incredible honor.” Peareth received the 2019 Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award, the most coveted honor bestowed by LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, for her continued dedication and passion for empowering girls through golf. She has also worked with organizations like the Special Olympics, PGA Junior League, PGA Hope, and Lighthouse for the Blind Junior Series, coaching and teaching clinics as part of her ever-growing community outreach. About the LPGA The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Women’s Network and the LPGA Amateur Golf Association. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

WALMART NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP

WNWA Logo NEW (1).jpg Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G Pinnacle Country Club | Rogers, Ark. | Aug. 28-30, 2020 Second-Round Notes Course Setup: 36-35—71, 6,308 yards (Scoring Averages: R1, 69.95; R2, 70.19) Weather: Cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms, with highs in the lower 90s Media Contacts: Paula Hong, (386-405-9811), Brianne Wigley, (386-341-7331) Quick Links: Leaderboard Transcripts Online Media Center (groupings, statistics, hole locations, yardages, etc.) Monday Box (points structures for the 2020 LPGA Tour season and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship) LEADERBOARD Player To Par Score 1 Anna Nordqvist -16 64-62 2 Sei Young Kim -13 65-64 T3 Nelly Korda -12 67-63 T3 Jenny Shin -12 67-63 T3 Austin Ernst -12 65-65 ANNA NORDQVIST TAKES THREE-SHOT LEAD INTO FINAL ROUND IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS Major champion Anna Nordqvist was feeling like her old self on Saturday in the second round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Lucky for her, her old self is someone who can fire a bogey-free 9-under par 62. Through 36-holes the Swede has hit 35 greens in regulation and has converted 16 of her birdie chances to take a three-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round at Pinnacle Country Club. After her round, Nordqvist reflected on her journey the last few seasons and said learning to focus on the things she’s doing right has been one of the keys to her resurgence this week. “2017 was hard because I did get mono in July and didn't have enough knowledge about how to manage it and probably tried to push it a little bit too early,” Nordqvist reflected. “So it really took me a couple years. Made a few swing changes in the wrong directions. Been working with Drew Steckel now the last year and a half. Starting to feel like myself again. But it has been a little bit of bumpy road, especially when you know what you're capable of. But I been working hard throughout all these years, and hopefully it will pay off.” Chasing Nordqvist is 10-time LPGA winner Sei Young Kim at –13, with Nelly Korda, Austin Ernst and Jenny Shin close behind at –12. And Nordqvist knows there’s no letting off the gas pedal if she wants to hoist the trophy come Sunday. “There is obviously low scores out here, so you got to keep going,” said Nordqvist. “It's just so competitive out here. In order to win out here you really have to be on top of your game. So feel good so far, but I'm going to have to post a low one tomorrow, too.” Korda matched her career-best on Saturday finishing at 8-under par thanks to an eagle at the last. She said she has one strategy for tomorrow: go low. “Going to take it as low as I can,” Korda, who is looking for her first win on American soil, said. “It's going to take a low one to win tomorrow. Just going to stick to my game plan, try to have fun out there, and try to shoot a low one.” Former World No. 1 Stacy Lewis and second-year Tour player Maria Fassi lead the pack of seven University of Arkansas Razorbacks as they head into the final round tied at 8-under par. The long-hitting Fassi removed driver from the bag this week, and the change of strategy paid off as she safely made her first cut out of three previous tries at Pinnacle Country Club. “It's always good to play good out here, said Fassi after a second straight round of 67. “I've always wanted to kind of have a good tournament. I think it just kind of feels like home to me, so I'm kind of excited that I got that behind me and that I'm in good position for tomorrow.” Out of the seven Razorbacks in this week’s field, four made the cut and will play the final round on Sunday: Stacy Lewis, Maria Fassi, Gaby Lopez and sponsor invite Brooke Matthews. SEI YOUNG KIM PLAYS WITH FEEL AND THIS WEEK, THAT FEEL IS GREAT “Rather than having my routine, I follow the feeling and atmosphere of that day a lot,” said Sei Young Kim who carded her best round of the 2020 season in the form of a 7-under par 64 at Pinnacle Country Club on Saturday. For a golfer who plays more with feel than mechanics, a lot can affect the end result. On Saturday of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, a rain delay very well could have reversed Kim’s astounding front nine. Immediately after ending her front nine on hole 18 with an eagle, Kim and all of the players in the morning wave were stopped due to poor weather. “Originally, when I'm nervous I feel like I should prepare something or make plans to do something. But today I wanted to talk with friends, so I chatted with In Gee Chun, Jennifer Song, and Robynn Ree. They asked so I started telling them about which cosmetics I use. They said my eyebrows looked good, so I said that I would teach them how to do it later,” Kim said while chuckling. Letting loose with a few close friends fortunately kept Kim and her “good feeling” in play as she returned after the 58-minute rain delay. “It is important to play as comfortable as possible in order to play the best game. Since it's a physical game, it's important to play comfortably.” AUSTIN ERNST KNOWS THE WAY TO WIN AT PINNACLE COUNTRY CLUB With nothing but pars, four birdies, and an eagle during the second round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, Austin Ernst gives away the secret to playing well this week—grab as many birdies as you can. “I'm trying to birdie every hole out there. I know that you can birdie every hole out there, too...When I can attack, I'm going to try to hit it right at it and get as close of a look as possible,” Ernst said after her six-under par second-round. The strategy may be easy in theory, but executing it is difficult. With hole locations to be determined ahead of the final round on Sunday, the only comfort players will find is taking every opportunity and predicting that others are, too. “It's huge because with Sei Young and others still out there playing, you don't know. I saw that she was at 12-under when I came in, so you kind of know you can make a lot more birdies. I was just trying to make as many as I could coming in. I think it's huge for tomorrow just to not have quite as big of a gap, and then obviously see what everyone does.” WITH A WIN Anna Nordqvist would capture her ninth career win on the LPGA Tour and first since she won the 2017 Evian Championship Nordqvist would capture her fifth career win in a 54-hole event Nordqvist would be the second player from Sweden to win on Tour in 2020, joining Madelene Sagstrom who won the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio in January Sei Young Kim would capture her 11th career win on the LPGA Tour Kim would have captured at least one win in every season she has been on Tour since 2015 With the $345,000 winner’s check Kim would become the 25th player in LPGA Tour history to cross the $9 million mark in official career earnings PLAYER NOTES Rolex Rankings No. 102 Anna Nordqvist (64-62) Nordqvist’s 36-hole score of 126, is a career-best mark; she previously recorded a 131 twice, most recently at the 2015 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Her second-round 62 is her best round since she fired a 61 at the 2017 Bank of Hope Founders Cup She hit 12 of 13 fairways and 18 of 18 greens, with 27 putts This is Nordqvist’s 10th start at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship; her best finish is T3 in 2015 This is Nordqvist’s 12th season on the LPGA Tour; she has eight career victories including two major championships A six-time member of the European Solheim Cup Team (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019), with an overall 12-9-2 record Represented Sweden at the 2016 Summer Olympics, finishing T11 Rolex Rankings No. 6 Sei Young Kim (65-64) She hit 9 of 13 fairways and 16 of 18 greens, with 28 putts This is Kim’s fourth start at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship; her best finish is T16 in 2015 This is Kim’s sixth season on the LPGA Tour; she has 10 career wins and was the 2015 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Earned the largest winner’s check in the history of women’s golf, $1.5 million, with a win at the 2019 CME Group Tour Championship, surpassing over $8 million in career earnings Recorded three wins in 2019, her third multi-win season since her rookie year in 2015 and second three-win season on Tour Represented Republic of Korea in the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing T25 Won five times on the KLPGA in 2014 and 2013 while also leading in driving distance both years Is a third-degree black belt in taekwondo and her father owned a taekwondo academy in Korea Rolex Rankings No. 4 Nelly Korda (67-63) Korda’s 36-hole score of 130 beats her best 36-hole score by 1; the next best was 131 at the 2019 LPGA Lotte Championship She hit 10 of 13 fairway and 16 of 18 greens, with 27 putts This is Korda’s third start at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship; her best finish is T37 in 2017 This is Korda’s fourth season on the LPGA Tour; she has three career wins Korda last placed within the top 10 at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America in January Rolex Rankings No. 86 Jenny Shin (67-63) Shin’s 36-hole score of 130 is a career-best mark, she previously recorded 131 at the 2015 TOTO Japan Classic She hit 10 of 13 fairways and 17 of 18 greens, with 28 putts This is Shin’s 10th start at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship; her best finish is T10 in 2019 and in 2012 This is Shin’s 10th season on the LPGA Tour; she has one career win at the 2016 Volunteers of America Classic Shin was born in Seoul, but moved to the United States at age 9 Rolex Rankings No. 58 Austin Ernst (65-65) Ernst’s 36-hole score of 130 is a career-best mark, she previously recorded 132 on two occasions, most recently at the 2018 Kingsmill Championship She hit 9 of 13 fairways and 16 of 18 greens, with 29 putts This is Ernst’s eighth start at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship; her best finish is solo second in 2018 This is Ernst’s eighth season on the LPGA Tour; she has one career win at the 2014 Cambia Portland Classic Member of the 2017 U.S. Solheim Cup Team with a 2-2-0 record 2011 NCAA Individual Champion at LSU where she graduated from in 2014 with a degree in Business Management Hosts the annual Austin Ernst Charity Pro-Am benefitting Safe Harbor, a domestic violence shelter TOURNAMENT VIDEOS AND PHOTOS For links to pre-tournament press conference videos and complimentary tournament photos, please contact LPGA Tour Media. Tournament imagery is provided as a courtesy by Getty Images and the LPGA strictly for editorial use. All images are intended for media publishers only and cannot be redistributed, sold or licensed by any individual or company provided with access. To access additional LPGA tournament imagery for licensing, contact Brandon Lopez at brandon.lopez@gettyimages.com. SOCIAL MEDIA: #NWAChampionship #DriveOn LPGA: @LPGA, @LPGAMedia (Twitter), @lpga_tour (Instagram) Tournament: @NWAChampionship (Twitter), @nwachampionship (Instagram) TV TIMES (all times EST on Golf Channel) Sunday, Aug. 30: 5-7 p.m. Live, 4-7 p.m. live stream TOURNAMENT SCORING RECORDS 18 holes: 61, So Yeon Ryu, second round, 2017 36 holes: 126, So Yeon Ryu, 2017 54 holes: 192, Nasa Hataoka, 2018

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

USBC BUYS BOWLERS JOURNAL

ARLINGTON, Texas - The United States Bowling Congress has purchased the rights to Bowlers Journal International magazine and the Bowlers Journal Championships tournament from Chicago-based Luby Publishing, Inc. Bowlers Journal International magazine is the most iconic media brand in the sport, with a 107-year history of publication, while the Bowlers Journal tournament, contested alongside the USBC Open Championships, dates back to 1946. "USBC is proud to bring on the Bowlers Journal International brand as a great addition to our association," USBC President Melissa McDaniel said. "The USBC Promise is about celebrating the past and ensuring the future. By acquiring Bowlers Journal, USBC will be the custodian of the magazine's rich history, while ensuring bowling's stories continue to be showcased and chronicled for decades to come." The Luby family, which founded Luby Publishing, launched the first edition of Bowlers Journal in November 1913. Founder Dave Luby's love of bowling inspired him to create the magazine in his spare time. The Luby family continued to publish Bowlers Journal through two world wars and the Great Depression. Dave Luby, his son, Mort Luby Sr., and grandson, Mort Luby Jr., all are members of the USBC Hall of Fame. Bowlers Journal International is currently the longest-running monthly sports magazine in the nation. In 1994, Mort Luby Jr. sold the company to two long-time employees, Keith Hamilton and Mike Panozzo. "Bowlers Journal International is more than just a magazine or a business for Luby Publishing," Luby Publishing President Keith Hamilton said. "We are caretakers of a publication that is part of bowling's DNA. Our goal has always been to create the best future for Bowlers Journal, and we feel USBC is the perfect fit." Under the agreement, USBC will take over operations of the magazine effective Sept. 1, 2020. Plans call for continuing Bowlers Journal's current products and services without disruption. "We are thrilled for the opportunity to move forward with this wonderful brand as part of USBC, and we are pleased to announce that Gianmarc Manzione will continue as editor and Mike Panozzo as publisher," McDaniel said. "We have been celebrating our athletes at USBC for over a century, and a special aspect of this new merger is that Bowlers Journal has been, too. Joining together will allow us to elevate that exposure bigger and better than ever."