FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas senior Stacy Lewis earned Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Week and Golfweek Player of the Week honors Wednesday. The SEC honor is the third of the season for Lewis and the seventh of her career at Arkansas. It is her first Golfweek selection this season. “I could honestly tell when Stacy was a true freshman recovering from surgery that she was going to be special,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “She wanted to learn and responded so well to the instruction. With that kind of desire to learn I knew her game could be limitless. Lewis comes off her fifth win of the season and the 11th of her career after winning the Bryan National last week. Lewis also has victories at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic, the Stanford Intercollegiate, the UA Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate and the Lady Puerto Rico Classic this season. “To do what Stacy’s done, it’s just rare,” Estes-Taylor continued. “It’s rare for any college player to win five tournaments in a year. As a college coach, I may never see anyone like Stacy again. She’s so deserving of all of the awards.” Lewis’ numbers are again good this season. She leads the team with a 71.88 stroke average and is just six-over-par in nine events this year. Lewis has finished in the top 10 in eight events and in the top five in seven contests this year. The Woodlands, Texas, native began the season holding nearly every individual record at Arkansas and she continues to expand on that accomplishment. Currently, Lewis holds the record for lowest round (66), lowest two round score (144), lowest three round score (207), lowest four round score (282), lowest single-season stroke average (71.88) lowest career stroke average (73.88), rounds in a season (35) and is just three rounds shy of the career rounds played record. Lewis has paced Arkansas to an impressive 116-31-1 record this year including a first-ever victory over top-ranked Duke earlier this season. Arkansas has one tournament title this year winning the UA Ann Rhoads title in the fall. The Lady Razorbacks have two third place finishes and four, fourth place showings this season. “Stacy is a leader in everything she does,” said Estes-Taylor. “If a teammate is struggling, Stacy will step up and try to help. It’s almost like having a third coach out there. She’ll do anything to help her teammates prepare and improve their games.”
Lewis and the Lady Razorbacks remain at home until the 2008 SEC Championship hosted by Tennessee April 18-20. For more information about Lewis and the Lady Razorbacks, log on to LADYBACKS.COM.