At first glance, Stacy Lewis’ second-straight amateurgolf.com – Bridgestone Golf Player Rankings title doesn’t seem as dominating as the 2006 season.
That is until you notice some of the high-level tournament accomplishments that she didn’t receive points for.
After receiving a sponsor’s exemption to play in the first LPGA major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, The Woodlands-native immediately made her mark muscling her way into one of the final groups and coming away with a tie for 5th place that earned her exactly half of her 3200 point total.
“I don't know what it is, I just play well on hard golf courses,” said Lewis after concluding the tournament at the difficult Mission Hills Golf Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif., “It's definitely long for me because I don't hit as far as some of the other people. I was able to manage my game really well, stay in the fairways most of the time.”
In her next foray into the professional game, Lewis came away with what was eventually called a victory in an unofficial tournament after shooting a course-record 66 at the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship. After that impressive first round, played at Pinnacle Country Club, home course of Lewis’ Arkansas Lady Razorbacks, rains washed out the next 54 holes and the tournament was deemed an unofficial 18-hole event.
“I played really well. I'm disappointed that we didn't get to finish, but I played so well, it's hard to be upset,” said Lewis. “Playing here this week has probably just given me more confidence. I can play with the best players in the world, and in one round, I beat 143 of the best players in the world.
“It's just confidence going into the college season and now I can't wait to get started.”
Lewis will enter her senior season at Arkansas as the reigning NCAA individual champion after a final-round 66 in Daytona Beach vaulted her to victory.
Her 2007 resume also saw a win at the Women’s Southern Amateur and medalist honors at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.
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