Counting Down Top 11 Stories of 2011: Story 7

LPGA.com counts down to the end of 2011 with the LPGA Tour's 11 top stories of the year. Join us as we look back at the year's most memorable milestones. Read about Stacy Lewis earning her first LPGA win at a major championship in Story No. 7.

Stacy Lewis Gets First LPGA Win At Major Championship

Stacy Lewis of Texas earned her first LPGA victory at a major championship this year. Lewis became the fourth player in LPGA history to record her first career LPGA win at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She joined the group of Helen Alfredsson (1993), Nancy Bowen (1995) and Morgan Pressel (2007), who all earned their first victories at the Kraft Nabisco.

Lewis, 26, held off Rolex Rankings No. 1 and the tournament's defending champion Yani Tseng of Taiwan for a three-shot victory. She fired a 3-under 69 in the final round to finish at 13-under par in the LPGA's first major of the season to become a Rolex First-Time Winner.

Prior to this year's win at the Kraft Nabisco, her previous best finish in a major was a tie for third at the 2003 U.S. Women's Open Championship. Her best finish at the Kraft Nabisco came in 2007, when she tied for fifth as an amateur.

Her win at the Kraft Nabisco Championship marked a milestone in her inspiring personal story. Lewis overcame scoliosis that started at age 11 and forced her to wear a back brace for 18 hours a day for 7 ∏ years. She removed the brace only to play golf. Lewis later underwent surgery, in which a titanium rod and five screws were inserted into her back. She went on to win the individual title at the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship. She completed her collegiate career at the University of Arkansas with 12 tournament wins.

Lewis also earned a spot on the 2008 U.S. Curtis Cup team as an amateur, and was a rookie member of the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup team as a professional.

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