FAYETTEVILLE – Former University of Arkansas All-American and current Ladies Professional Golf Association Player of the Year Stacy Lewis
and track and field stand out Frank O’Mara headline a group of eight inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame the organization announced today.
“We are thrilled for our former Razorbacks who will be recognized for their achievements through their induction into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “Throughout their careers, Stacy and Frank have brought honor and positive recognition to our state and demonstrated a commitment to our University. We are proud of their accomplishments and thankful for their continued pride in being a Razorback. We also extend our congratulations to each of the other six honorees on their induction."
Lewis, a The Woodlands, Texas, native, was a four-time All-Southeastern Conference and All-American for the Razorbacks. She turned professional winning qualifying school in 2008 and has been a member of the Tour since that time.
Lewis picked up her first Tour win in 2011 and captured four wins and the player of the year honors this year, becoming the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to finish in the top spot on the Rolex Player of the Year points list.
She also had three runner-up finishes, including a share of second at the LPGA Championship. Lewis finished third on the LPGA money list in 2012, earning $1.87 million. Lewis, who grew up in The Woodland, Texas, had a steel rod and five screws placed in her back 10 years ago to correct scoliosis. She was the 2007 NCAA champion and won 13 tournaments at the collegiate level while putting the Arkansas women’s golf program on the map. Lewis earned All-American honors in each of her four years at Arkansas. She won Southeastern Conference championships in 2005 and 2008.
Former Razorback track and field and cross country standout Frank O’Mara is also among the inductees. O’Mara was a member of the Irish national team and competed in three Olympic Games. He ran for Arkansas head coach John McDonnell earning All-American and All-Southwest Conference honors for the Razorbacks. He became McDonnell’s first outdoor NCAA champion in 1983 when he won the 1,500-meter run at Houston. O’Mara was the world indoor champion twice in the 3,000-meter run. After graduation, he spent three years as a coach for the Razorbacks and was a member of the staff in 1985 when the school won its first NCAA Triple Crown.
The other inductees include Marcus Brown, Jeremy Jacobs, Don Nixon, Wyn Norwood, the late John Outlaw and Sonja Tate.
The honorees will be inducted March 8 in a banquet at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.