Add one more victory to Stacy Lewis’ breakout season, though it won’t count toward her LPGA totals.
The Palm Beach Gardens pro teamed with Hall of Famer Betsy King to win the ISPS Handa Heroes, which paired current LPGA stars with those of the last generation for a nine-hole charity event one day after completion of the CME Group Titleholders.
Lewis and King combined for five birdies, winning $50,000 each for the Scoliosis Research Society (Lewis’ designated charity) and Golf Fore Africa (King’s).
The other three tandems – Paula Creamer/Nancy Lopez, Brittany Lincicome/Jan Stephenson and Lexi Thompson/Pat Bradley – won $10,000 apiece for their charities.
It was an upbeat finish for a tired Lewis, who acknowledged on Sunday she was running on fumes after an eventful week that included becoming the first American since 1994 to collect the LPGA’s Player of the Year award.
“When I walked up on the stage on Friday night, that’s when I think it finally hit me,” said Lewis, whose acceptance speech included an emotional thank-you to her parents as they helped her emerge from childhood scoliosis.
“All the emotions of that night, I think it just took all the energy out of me. I’ve been pretty dead the last two days.”
Lewis shot 72-74 on the weekend to finish in a tie for 29th, unable to catch Inbee Park for the Vare Trophy for the season’s lowest scoring average. Park also won the money title, with Lewis falling to third behind Titleholders winner Na Yeon Choi.
Next up for Lewis: Some family time, including a quick visit to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving. She’ll then head to her alma mater at Arkansas, leading the Razorbacks football team onto the field for Friday’s showdown against LSU.
After that, she’ll spend a few days in Phoenix for another tandem charity event, this time teaming with Hall of Famer Beth Daniel. Eventually she’ll get around to figuring out the best way to show off her various trophies, which have been scattered around the house awaiting a little attention.
“I probably need to build shelves,” Lewis said. “I haven’t even thought about any of that yet.”Jeff Shain covers golf for the Orlando Sentinel and Tribune Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter at @JeffShain, or reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.