After major changes had to be made last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans have returned and for the most part everything is back to normal.

ROGERS, Ark. – The LPGA tournament returns to northwest Arkansas for the 15th year.

After major changes had to be made last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans have returned and for the most part everything is back to normal.

This year the LPGA tournament will take place at the Pinnacle Hills golf course in Rogers.

This week, 144 professional golfers will be competing in town and the fans are back and ready to watch.

Competitors hope to take home the $ 2.3 million prize.

Jay Allen, tournament chairman, says there were more people on the court on opening day than in 2019.

“I think people are just excited to come out and come to a golf event, it has become very popular, they are excited to see something live,” said Allen.

This year, Brooke Matthews from Arkansas joins, who is in her fifth year studying at the University of Arkansas. She scored four under par after the first day and was able to keep up with the pros.

“Every time I get the chance to play for the pros, I try to learn as much as I can from their games and even how they treat themselves,” said Matthews.

There are seven former and current U of A players who have qualified for the championship game.

The gates for the competition opened at 7:00 a.m. this morning on Friday, September 24th, and the start time was at 7:30 a.m. It costs $ 10 a day to watch and you can buy tickets at the entrance.

Event Director Annye Degrand says there is a lot going on this weekend, be it Bite NWA, a food festival, or other fun, free events for the whole family.

“For us, the event is about more than just golf, it’s about bringing the community together, and we like to think that even if you’re not a golf fan, there is something for everyone here. “ve moved on and then leave the fans of the LPGA Tour,” said Degrand.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event, but you must wear a mask in enclosed areas and try to maintain social distance where possible.

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