Alena Sharp was the shooter, sailing to the top of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship leaderboard.
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Alena shot an opening round of -6 under par 65, which included one bogey, to atop the leaderboard at the Walmart NW Kansas Championship. She was obviously delighted with her lovely round today;
“Yeah, hit a lot of greens today, I only missed four greens Drove it well, wasn’t really in the rough at all so I got to lift, clean and place so got a perfect lie almost every time. Really didn’t hit outside of 20 feet much, made a lot of putts. It was really simple. It was fun to just play and not be stressed and just relax and enjoy the day.”
“And the greens are so perfect, I mean, they’re rolling so smooth, it’s almost like no one’s played on the greens at all. There’s hardly any divots on them. I think knowing the breaks helps, yeah. And then I got the speed down right away which was perfect. It’s hard to get the judge of the speed this week with all the rain that we’ve had, but it’s in great shape for all the rain that’s fallen here this week.”
“Well, I drive it fairly far so I knew it was a little bit of an advantage carrying it further than some of the other girls. “But it wasn’t playing as long as I thought it would because the wind is not easy either.”
Major winner Michelle Wie and Alejandra Llaneza are tied in second place, just one shot back at -5 under par. Michelle is still running on fumes after her Major win;
“Definitely running on fumes right now but I’m excited to be here in Arkansas. The crowds are amazing. Just feels great to play golf again.”
“I think, you know, I got lucky to play 18 holes yesterday in the pro‑am, the weather definitely held up, which is nice.”
” It definitely gave me confidence to play today, but definitely it would have been harder if I had a morning tee time today. I was really happy about this late afternoon tee time. Glad to sleep in, got my 12 hours of sleep, and hopefully I’ll get to bed in about an hour and a half now.”
Stacy Lewis, the World Number 1, took the time to meet with a young fan from Arkansas who has a big challenge in front of her. Brenna Dobson met with Stacy for around ten minutes to talk about her upcoming scoliosis surgery.
12-year old Brenna was able to talk to Stacy, who had scoliosis surgery when she was 18 years old. Brenna’s questions ranged from specifics about the surgery, if she will still be able to do yoga and if it hurts to sit during a car ride. Stacy explained in some detail what to expect from the surgery, and even showed Brenna how flexible she is.
Stacy is a proven World Champion on the golf course, and an even better role model for young girls off it.