Making Headlines ... Stacy Lewis

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As we spotlight a new player each week we will provide an in depth look into her life on and off the course. This week be sure to read the buzz all about Stacy Lewis and get to know her.

 

Defending champ Stacy Lewis back after Hurricane Sandy

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Stacy Lewis will return to the LPGA ShopRite Classic later this month as more than the defending champion and No. 2 player in women's golf.

She'll also be coming back as somewhat of a hero for donating $20,000 in November to a local food bank after Superstorm Sandy.

Lewis was honored Monday with 'Stacy Lewis Day' by the Galloway Township Council. She also was given a community hero award by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce for her assistance after one of the biggest storms to strike the Northeast in a century. More>>

 

More than one path to the top for Park, Lewis

There is more than one path to the top of the women’s game.

Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park and No. 2 Stacy Lewis are textbook cases as they prepare to play the Kingsmill Championship this week in Williamsburg, Va.

Park turned pro when she was 17, Lewis when she was 23.

Park did not play collegiately, Lewis did.

They both claimed major championships as their first LPGA titles. Park was 19 when she won the U.S. Women’s Open, Lewis 26 when she won the Kraft Nabisco. More>>

 

Leading Lady

Last Friday night, Stacy Lewis's improbable journey in golf came full circle. In the fall of 2003 she arrived at the University of Arkansas not knowing if she would ever tee it up again. She was less than a year removed from back surgery, during which a five-inch metal rod and five pins were grafted to her spine to treat a severe curvature. Lewis weighed 105 pounds and was so painfully shy she had flummoxed her college coach, Kelley Hester, during a recruiting visit. "We thought there was no way she'd ever come to Arkansas," says Hester, who honored Lewis's scholarship offer despite the surgery. "On her recruiting trip she didn't say more than 10 words the whole time, to anyone. We thought she was miserable and hated the place."

In fact, Fayetteville is where Lewis blossomed as a player and a person, maturing into the poised, confident young woman who dazzled a thousand guests at Friday's black-tie gala celebrating this year's inductees into the Arkansas Hall of Fame, which is a highlight of the Little Rock social calendar. Lewis became the youngest inductee in the Hall's 55-year history, thanks to 13 college victories, including the 2007 NCAA championship, which Hester says "turned Stacy into a rock star in that state." More>>

 

Ranked No. 1, Lewis Keeps Expectations in Check

PHOENIX — As a teenager, Stacy Lewis spent 18 hours a day wearing a back brace to cope with scoliosis. That was hard.

While in college, Lewis had an operation on her back and could not play golf for a year. That was harder.

Her hardest challenge may be ahead of her. On Monday, a day after winning her seventh L.P.G.A. Tour title, Lewis became the seventh woman to ascend to No. 1 in the world rankings. Cristie Kerr, in 2010, is the only other woman from the United States to achieve the feat. More>>

 

Stacy Lewis to be inducted into Ark. Sports Hall of Fame

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- For those who follow women's professional golf closely, it wasn't a surprise in December when former University of Arkansas golfer Stacy Lewis was named the 2012 Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America.

Lewis is the best story in women's golf right now, having become the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to be the Rolex Player of the Year and the first American since Juli Inkster in 1999 to be the Golf Writers Association of America Player of the Year.

Lewis is only 27 and already her list of accomplishments is long. More>>

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