The Marathon LPGA Classic is always a joyous week for 12-time LPGA Tour winner Stacy Lewis, who was born in Toledo and enjoys her annual visit with extended family. While the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on the full festivities, Lewis is extra thankful for this week’s tournament, just the Tour’s second competition since February.
“Doesn't feel like you're on the road as a normal tournament site,” said Lewis of her time in Toledo. “So it was a fun week again. Even though the crew didn't get to come out every day, still a lot of fun off the golf course.”
Lewis tied for third at the 2019 Marathon LPGA Classic, the high point of her first season returning to competition after giving birth in 2018. With a toddler at home, the five-month break due to the pandemic was perhaps a blessing in disguise. A final-round 65, a bogey-free walk around Highland Meadows, sends a well-rested Lewis off to two weeks in Scotland in very good spirits.
“I needed the time. I needed the time off. I needed the time to kind of get healthy and get my body healthy,” said Lewis, who ultimately finished T9. “It's as good as it's felt – knock on wood – in a couple years. So I'm just excited with every opportunity I get to play right now.”