Born: February 16, 1985
Height: 5 ft 5 in
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio
College: University of Arkansas
Turned Pro: 2008
Sponsors: Mizuno, Fila, KPMG
Stacy Lewis’ play over the past decade has established her as the dominant American female golfer. Lewis’ family, which relocated from Ohio, grew up in Texas. Lewis overcame a serious case of scoliosis, ultimately undergoing spinal fusion surgery during high school.
Most casual observers don’t fully appreciate the seriousness of this medical condition. Lewis’ ability to play golf again, let alone walk, was in serious jeopardy and her comeback is nothing short of remarkable.
Lewis traveled across the border to Arkansas for college. She was a four-time All American in Little Rock and won the SEC Championship as a redshirt freshman. In 2006, Lewis won the Women’s Western Amateur. In 2008, Lewis won the SEC Championship again and became the first player to go a perfect 5-0 in Curtis Cup play.
In an abbreviate rookie season, Lewis recorded two top-tens in 2008 and won nearly a quarter million dollars on the LPGA Tour. She capped it off by winning the LPGA qualifying school at the end of the season.
Lewis played solidly but didn’t win until 2011. That victory, however, was a Major championship – the Kraft Nabisco Championship (now called the ANA Inspiration). In 2012, Lewis won four times on the LPGA Tour and was named LPGA Player of the Year. She followed that up win three more wins in 2013 including her second Major, the Ricoh Women’s British Open at St. Andrews.
In the past three years, Lewis has not only established herself as America’s top female golfer, she has proven to be one of the world’s top players, reaching number one in the Women’s World Golf Rankings in 2013 and remaining among the top handful of players over the past three seasons.