Nunn and Ingram take part in LPGA qualifer
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas women’s golfers Kristin Ingram and Lucy Nunn will take part in qualifier for the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas LPGA Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., Monday. “We had a qualifier all year long for the two Monday qualifying spots,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “They went to Lucy and Kelli, but since Kelli is home in South Africa, Kristin was in the third spot. It is a great experience for both Lucy and Kristin. This is a tremendous opportunity for both of them to test their game against some of the best in the world. Kristin and Lucy both have a goal of playing professional golf and this gives them a great measuring stick to see where they are in their preparation. This is a very valuable experience and one that they will remember for a lifetime.” Ingram and Nunn begin play Monday at 1:00 p.m., attempting to make the cut for the event Friday-Sunday, where they would join former teammate Stacy Lewis who has earned an exemption to the event after leading the first round of the rained out championship last year. The duo are both coming off successful starts to the summer golf schedule. Nunn won the Women’s Southern Amateur Championship and Ingram advanced to the quarterfinals at the Women’s Western Amateur Championship in recent weeks. Both performances were career-bests for the players. Nunn played in last year’s qualifier along with Razorback teammate Alex Schulte. Schulte’s two-under par 70 was one stroke shy of forcing a playoff for one of the two spots available. Nunn carded an 80 on the 6,239 yard, par 72 course. Although Nunn did not make last year’s cut, she was on the bag for Lewis during the rain-soaked event. “When I first heard that the LPGA was coming to Northwest Arkansas, I immediately wanted to get involved on all levels,” said Estes-Taylor. “It helps our program out in many ways. It’s a great recruiting tool, it’s a way to give back to the game of golf, and it’s also great for my team to be exposed to this level of play. On a bigger scale, it gives people an opportunity to see that we have some great things going on at the University of Arkansas, our golf program, and in our community. Our involvement will definitely benefit us on many levels. I’m excited for this event to get started and I am saying a little prayer that we have three Razorbacks teeing it up on July 4th.” This week’s schedule includes the professionals’ practice Monday and Tuesday morning, the qualifier Monday afternoon and the official pro-am Wednesday and Thursday before the first round on Friday. For more information about Nunn, Ingram or Arkansas women’s golf, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.