Stacy Lewis

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Stacy Lewis
— Golfer —
2013 Women's British Open – Stacy Lewis (1).jpg
Personal information
Born (1985-02-16) February 16, 1985 (age 29)
Toledo, Ohio
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Palm Beach Gardens, Florida[1]
Career
College University of Arkansas
Turned professional 2008
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2009)
Professional wins 13
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 11
LPGA of Japan Tour 1
Other 2
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 2)
Kraft Nabisco C'ship Won: 2011
LPGA Championship T2: 2012
U.S. Women's Open 2nd: 2014
Women's British Open Won: 2013
The Evian Championship T6: 2013
Achievements and awards
LPGA Player of the Year 2012
GWAA
Female Player of the Year
2012[2]
Golf Digest
Amateur of the Year
2007
Dinah Shore Trophy 2007
LPGA Vare Trophy 2013

Stacy Lewis (born February 16, 1985) is an American professional golfer on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. She has won two major championships: the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2011 and the Women's British Open in 2013. She was ranked number one in the Women's World Golf Rankings for four weeks in 2013,[3] and reclaimed the position in June 2014 with a victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.[4]

Early years[edit]

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Lewis grew up in Texas at The Woodlands outside of Houston, and graduated from The Woodlands High School in 2003.[5] Suffering from scoliosis, which was diagnosed at age 11 and treated by a spinal fusion when she was in high school, Lewis missed her first collegiate golf season recovering from the surgery.[6]

Amateur career[edit]

Lewis was a decorated amateur and a four-time All-American at the University of Arkansas. She redshirted her first year while recovering from her back surgery.[6] As a redshirt freshman in 2005, she won the Southeastern Conference Tournament and was named SEC Freshman Golfer of the Year.[7] In 2006, she won the Women's Western Amateur.

In her 2007 season, though a back injury kept her out of the SEC Tournament, Lewis won the NCAA Division I Championship and was selected Golf Digest Amateur of the Year. She also received the National Golf Coaches Association Dinah Shore Trophy.[8] Following the college season, she won the 92nd Women's Southern Amateur and finished second in individual play in leading the U.S. team to a victory at the Copa de las Americas.[7]

She qualified for the 2007 U.S. Women's Open in North Carolina, shot 78-73 in the tournament and missed the cut by three strokes to finish tied for 93rd.[9] Two months later, Lewis finished first in the 2007 LPGA NW Arkansas Championship, a professional LPGA tournament. Due to rain, the tournament was shortened to one round and Lewis's win was declared unofficial.[10]

In her senior season in 2008, Lewis again won the SEC Tournament and was selected SEC Golfer of the Year and SEC Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year. She was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team for the second time and NGCA All-America for the fourth time.[7]

Lewis graduated from Arkansas in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting.

As a member of U.S. Curtis Cup team in 2008, Lewis became the first player ever to go 5–0 in a single Curtis Cup. The 2008 edition was held at the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland in late May and early June,[11] and was her last competition as an amateur. The U.S. won 13 to 7 for a sixth consecutive victory over Great Britain & Ireland.[12]

Professional career[edit]

Following the Curtis Cup victory, Lewis turned professional, prior to competing in sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open. She won medalist honors in the Garland, Texas, sectional on June 9 to qualify for her first tournament as a professional. Lewis was tied for ninth after 36 holes and shot a 67 (−6) in the third round to lead the field, but a final round 78 (+5) left her tied for third, five strokes behind winner Inbee Park. She competed in seven events on the LPGA tour in 2008, with two top-10 finishes and earned over $247,000.[13]

Before 2009, Lewis was not a member of the LPGA Tour or any other professional golf tour. She was eligible to play in the U.S. Women's Open after successfully competing in the sanctioned qualifying process. She then tried to earn her LPGA Tour card in 2008 through the use of sponsor's exemptions,[14] but was not successful.

As a result, she went to sectional qualifying in September in California[15] and advanced to the final stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in Florida in December, an event which garnered considerably more press coverage than normal, due to the presence of Michelle Wie. Lewis finished as the medalist for the five-round event, three shots ahead of the field and six in front of Wie, who finished in a tie for 7th place.[16][17]

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.[18] She made her Solheim Cup debut in 2011, qualifying second for the U.S. team behind Cristie Kerr.

Lewis's endorsement deals include Mizuno Corp. golf clubs[19] and Fila Golf apparel.[20] She signed a sponsorship deal with KPMG in 2012.[21]

In 2012, Lewis won four tournaments, and became the first American player to win the LPGA Player of the Year award since Beth Daniel in 1994.[22] She won three times in 2013, and after her win at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Arizona on March 17, Lewis unseated Yani Tseng as the #1 ranked woman golfer in the world. Inbee Park overtook the number one position four weeks later on April 15. Lewis won her second major title at Women's British Open in August at St Andrews with a score of 280 (−8), two strokes ahead of runners-up Na Yeon Choi and Hee Young Park.

In 2014, Lewis won the North Texas LPGA Shootout on May 4 for her ninth official victory on tour, six strokes ahead of runner-up Meena Lee. Four weeks later, she won the ShopRite LPGA Classic and reclaimed the top position in the world rankings.[4] A week after a runner-up finish at the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst, Lewis won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on June 29.

Professional wins (13)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (11*)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other LPGA Tour (8)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
- Sep 9, 2007 LPGA NW Arkansas Championship*
(as an amateur)
65 (1 round) −7 1 stroke Australia Katherine Hull, Taiwan Teresa Lu,
United States Kristy McPherson
n/a
1 Apr 3, 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship 66-69-71-69=275 −13 3 strokes Taiwan Yani Tseng 300,000
2 Apr 29, 2012 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic 68-67-67-69=271 −17 1 stroke United States Lexi Thompson 187,500
3 Jun 3, 2012 ShopRite LPGA Classic 65-65-71=201 −12 4 strokes Australia Katherine Hull 225,000
4 Sep 23, 2012 Navistar LPGA Classic 66-70-65-69=270 −18 2 strokes United States Lexi Thompson 195,000
5 Nov 4, 2012 Mizuno Classic1 71-70-64=205 −11 1 stroke South Korea Bo-Mee Lee 180,000
6 Mar 3, 2013 HSBC Women's Champions 67-66-69-71=273 −15 1 stroke South Korea Na Yeon Choi 210,000
7 Mar 17, 2013 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup 68-65-68-64=265 −23 3 strokes Japan Ai Miyazato 225,000
8 Aug 4, 2013 Women's British Open 67-72-69-72=280 −8 2 strokes South Korea Na Yeon Choi
South Korea Hee Young Park
402,584
9 May 4, 2014 North Texas LPGA Shootout 71-64-69-64=268 −16 6 strokes South Korea Meena Lee 195,000
10 Jun 1, 2014 ShopRite LPGA Classic 67-63-67=197 −16 6 strokes United States Christina Kim 225,000
11 Jun 29, 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship 70-66-65=201 −12 1 stroke United States Cristie Kerr, New Zealand Lydia Ko,
United States Angela Stanford
300,000

* Unofficial LPGA Tour win due to tournament being shortened to one round
1Co-sanctioned with the LPGA of Japan Tour.

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2012 Women's Australian Open Paraguay Julieta Granada, United States Jessica Korda,
United States Brittany Lincicome, South Korea So Yeon Ryu,
South Korea Hee Kyung Seo
Korda won with birdie on second extra hole.

Other wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship 2 shot deficit −13 (66-69-71-69=275) 3 strokes Taiwan Yani Tseng
2013 Ricoh Women's British Open 1 shot deficit −8 (67-72-69-72=280) 2 strokes South Korea Na Yeon Choi, South Korea Hee Young Park

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship T5LA DNP T64 T19 1 T4 T32 3
U.S. Women's Open CUT T3 T48 T14 T34 T46 T42 2
Women's British Open DNP DNP CUT T31 T11 T8 1 T12
LPGA Championship DNP DNP T9 T14 T6 T2 T28 T6
The Evian Championship ^ T6

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
LA = Low amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 1 0 1 4 4 5 7 7
U.S. Women's Open 0 1 1 2 2 3 8 7
Women's British Open 1 0 0 1 2 4 6 5
LPGA Championship 0 1 0 1 4 5 6 6
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Totals 2 2 2 8 13 18 28 26
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 21 (2010 Kraft Nabisco – 2014 LPGA, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (2013 British Open – 2014 U.S. Open)

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2006 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a 74.50
2007 4 3 0 0 0 1 T5 72.00 n/a
2008 7 6 0 0 1 2 T3 247,464 n/a1 71.96 n/a
2009 23 16 0 0 0 2 T4 298,422 47 72.21 43
2010 24 18 0 1 1 4 2 566,401 21 71.24 14
2011 23 22 1 2 0 12 1 1,356,211 4 70.98 7
2012 26 25 4 3 0 16 1 1,872,409 3 70.33 4
2013 26 25 3 3 1 19 1 1,938,868 3 69.48 1
2014 19 19 3 4 1 14 1 2,031,832 1 69.35 1
  • Official as of August 18, 2014[23]

* Includes matchplay and other events with no cut.
1 Lewis turned professional in June 2008, but was not a member of the LPGA Tour until 2009.

World ranking[edit]

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

Year World
ranking
Source
2007 230 [24]
2008 73 [25]
2009 47 [26]
2010 37 [27]
2011 10 [28]
2012 3 [29]
2013 3 [30]

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 2008 (winners)

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 8 2–5–1 0–1–1 1–3–0 1–1–0 2.5 31.3
2011 4 1–3–0 0–1–0 lost to S. Gustafson 2 down 0–2–0 lost w/ A. Stanford 3&2,
lost w/ A. Stanford 6&5
1–0–0 won w/ R. O'Toole 2&1 1.0 25.0
2013 4 1–2–1 0–0–1 halved with A. Nordqvist 1–1–0 lost w/ L. Salas 4&2,
won w/ P. Creamer 1 up
0–1–0 lost w/ L. Thompson 1 dn 1.5 37.5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hectic move to Palm Beach Gardens aside, Stacy Lewis settling in as LPGA's rising star". Palm Beach Post. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Stacy Lewis wins GWAA Female Player of the Year Award". LPGA. December 19, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stacy Lewis wins, now No. 1 in world". ESPN. Associated Press. March 17, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Stacy Lewis: No. 1 after ShopRite win". ESPN. Associated Press. June 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Profile - Stacy Lewis". Arkansas Razorbacks.com. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Dorman, Larry (June 29, 2008). "Stacy Lewis leads 3rd round of U.S. Women's Open". The New York Times. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "University of Arkansas Women's Athletics". Ladybacks.com. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Dinah Shore Trophy Award". National Golf Coaches Association. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ "2007 U.S. Women's Open: final leaderboard". Yahoo Sports. July 1, 2007. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Amateur Wins Rain-Shortened LPGA Event". MSNBC. Associated Press. September 9, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  11. ^ "2008 Curtis Cup Match: USA team profile". USGA. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "U.S. wins sixth consecutive Curtis Cup with 13-7 victory on The Old Course at St. Andrews". USGA. June 1, 2008. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Stacy Lewis: 2008 results". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Stacy Lewis Turns Down Kraft Nabisco Invitation". Waggle Room. January 8, 2008. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  15. ^ "California Sectional Qualifying Tournament Results 2008". September 19, 2008. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Final Qualifying Tournament Results 2008". LPGA. December 7, 2008. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Wie ties for seventh with 2-over 74; Lewis is medalist with 3-under 69". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 7, 2008. Retrieved December 7, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Stacy Lewis wins Kraft Nabisco Championship". Los Angeles Times. April 3, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Stacy Lewis signs mult-year contract to be ambassador for Mizuno". World Golf. September 18, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Stacy Lewis signs with Fila". Women's Golf Apparel. February 11, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Stacy Lewis lands endorsement deal". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 28, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Cristie Kerr wins Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Stacy Lewis wraps up player of the year award". Washington Post. Associated Press. November 11, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Stacy Lewis Stats". LPGA. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 25, 2007. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 30, 2008. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 29, 2009. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 28, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 27, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 31, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 30, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Taiwan Yani Tseng
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
March 18, 2013 – April 14, 2013
Succeeded by
South Korea Inbee Park
Preceded by
South Korea Inbee Park
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
June 2, 2014 – current
Succeeded by
incumbent
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
United States Cristie Kerr
Best Female Golfer ESPY Award
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent