You may not have heard of her, yet
But you are going to be hearing a lot more about her, soon.
Stacy Lewis is leading after 3 rounds of the US Women’s Open; in her first event as a professional.
Lewis has a one shot lead over Paula Creamer, who is in search of her first Major Championship. Creamer, 21, a two time winner already this year is also a six time winner on the LPGA Tour. Creamer is the “veteran” in this duel, although she is two years younger that Lewis.
After an extraordinary college career at the University of Arkansas, where Lewis was three times an All American and a winner of the NCAA Championship, Lewis turned pro, 19 days ago.
But that is just the beginning of the story.
Lewis was 11 when doctors diagnosed her with scoliosis. She was supposed to wear a brace for two years, but that turned into seven years when she kept growing. Right after graduating high school, she had surgery on her back to install a rod and five screws.
“I thought I was done playing golf forever,” said Lewis. Obviously not.
Lewis has overcome a lot already in her life, which augurs well for her career as a professional. That she has learned how to deal with and conquer adversity will be keys to her success on the Tour.
This young lady is no shrinking violet. Lewis is not someone who will be happy with a good showing or moral victory.
“I only play in golf tournaments to win,” she said with quiet conviction, not bravado. “I’m not here to make the cut or finish top 10 or do any of that. I’m here to win. People might see that as arrogant, but I think if you’re not here to win, you’re never going to be successful.”
Remind you of anybody?