Thursday, 14 March 2013

LPGA Player Profile: Stacy Lewis....


Stacy Lewis was born on February 16, 1985. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Lewis grew up in Texas at The Woodlands outside of Houston, and graduated from The Woodlands High School in 2003.  Stacy suffered from scoliosis at age 11she had to wear a back brace for 18 hours per day for 7 ½ years to correct curvature in her spine.  She was treated by a spinal fusion when she was in high school, Lewis missed her first collegiate golf season recovering from the surgery.  Back problems have followed Stacy throughout her golf career. 
Lewis's first official professional victory came at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship, a major, where she led the field for the first two rounds, and then held off current world number 1 and defending champion Yani Tseng to win by three strokes. In 2011, Lewis made her Solheim Cup debut in and qualified second for Team U.S.A behind Cristie Kerr.
Stacy has been fortunate enough to sign endorsement deals with Mizuno Corp. Golf Clubs, Fila Golf Apparel and recently signed a sponsorship deal with KPMG in 2012.  Lewis has rated as high as second in the Women's World Golf Rankings. In the 2012 season, Lewis won four tournaments, and became the first American player to win the LPGA Player of the Year award since Beth Daniel in 1994.  She was also named Rolex Player of the Year.   Stacy led the tour in birdies, eagles and rounds in the 60s.
Recently Stacy battled hard for her first victory in 2013 making a par on the 18th hole to capture a one-shot victory over No. 2 Na Yeon Choi at the HSBC Women's Champions.  "The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie," said Lewis, who finished at 15-under 273 Sentosa Golf Club. "I just played hard and put my head down and tried to make as many putts as I could, and fortunately I came away with the win."

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