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EDINA, Minn. – Former University of Arkansas golfer Stacy Lewis finished tied for third place at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open in Edina, Minn., Sunday.
Playing in her first event as a professional, Lewis held a one-stroke lead after blistering the course with a six-under 67 Saturday. She battled tough winds in the final round finishing with a 78 to finish tied for third with a 288 (73-70-67-78).
The finish is the best by an Arkansas women’s golfer in a major event.
Inbee Park won the event shooting 283 followed by Helen Alfredsson, who played with Lewis in the first two rounds. Alfredsson posted a 287. Lewis tied for third with Angela Park and In-Kyung Kim who also carded 288s.
Lewis began the day on the front nine making the turn at plus-four. The numbers were uncharacteristic of her first third rounds in which she was even, one-under and three-under. Lewis drained a mid-length putt for par to start the round but doubled the second hole. She went on to bogey eight and nine as well.
Lewis picked up another stroke on 12 but got one back with her only birdie of the day on the 14th hole. She would bogey 15 as well. The Woodlands, Texas, native hit just 12 greens in regulation and counted 35 putts in the final round.
Lewis returns to Northwest Arkansas taking part in the P&B Beauty LPGA NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club next weekend.
Current Arkansas golfers Lucy Nunn and Kristin Ingram have been selected for the qualifier and will attempt to make the cut Monday at Pinnacle.
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