ASK any golf writer in the country about the best story in women’s golf, and chances are they will say: Stacy Lewis.
It isn’t because she has won a major on the LPGA Tour and in the process, took down the #1 player in the world in the final round. It isn’t because she is now the #3 ranked player on the LPGA Tour and one of the very best golfers in the world.
It isn’t just because she has been the best amateur player in the US for over 2 years before turning pro, or because she was the 2007 NCAA champion, or even because she had won 12 tournaments at the collegiate level while putting the University of Arkansas’ women’s golf program on the map.
It isn’t because in her last event as an amateur, at the prestigious Curtis Cup held at the Old Course at St. Andrews, Stacy became the first person in the 76 year history of the Curtis Cup to post a 5 – 0 record while leading her US team to an historic victory. And it isn’t because in her first tournament as a professional at the US Open 2008, the most prestigious of majors, she lead the star-studded field after the 3rd round and played in the final group with Paula Creamer, where she managed to finish third.
Stacy Lewis is the best story in women’s golf because of the things that she’s had to overcome in order to just play golf again. 7 1/2 years in a back brace and back surgery, after which she wasn’t sure she would even be able to walk, let alone swing a golf club again.
We can’t help but like Stacy because she’s earned everything she’s ever won, and then some. She embodies those values that we most cherish: fiercely competitive yet considerate, tremendously talented yet seeks betterment through hard work, intelligent without being condescending, confident without being self absorbed and incredibly irrepressible no matter what obstacles are before her. In many respects, Stacy Lewis is who we would like to be as an American people. [stacysback.com]