FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Anyone who knows former University of Arkansas women’s golfer Stacy Lewis knew it was likely the first-year professional would get through the LPGA’s qualifying school and earn her tour card. Those who know her well are not shocked that Lewis not only finished among the top 20 to earn her card, but won the entire five-day tournament by three strokes at the LPGA International Champions and Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla., this weekend. Lewis battled tough and windy conditions turning in a final round 69 scoring a 342 (69-66-71-67-69). She was three strokes better than Amy Yang (345), who was followed by Anna Grzebien (346) in third place. A three-way tie for fourth place saw Beth Bader, Sophie Giquel and Shiho Oyama all count 347. Michelle Wie also qualified finishing tied for seventh overall with a 348. “It’s awesome,” said Lewis after the round on an interview on LPGA.com. “My goal coming in was to win and I played great today. The conditions were really hard and it was windy, especially early. I just told myself I’m not going to do this today and I came back with a couple of birdies to the end the day.” Lewis’ first seven holes saw her play two over but birdies on eight, nine and 10 signaled that her poise and confidence had returned. She would add birdies on 17 and 18 finishing the back nine three under for the day. Lewis and the other top 20 qualifiers attend rookie orientation Monday. The former Razorback competed at Arkansas from her redshirt year in 2004 through the 2008 NCAA Championships. Lewis was a four-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference and four-time All-America selection. She won a pair of SEC Championship titles, first as a freshman in 2005 and again as a senior in 2008, and won the 2007 NCAA Championship on the same course as her recent Q-School victory. For more information about Arkansas golf or Stacy Lewis, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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