FAYETTEVILLE – Former University of Arkansas All-American Stacy Lewis won her first professional event at the 40th Annual Kraft Nabisco Championship at the Dinah Shore Championship Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif., last week.
On Friday, the Razorback Athletic Department recognized Lewis’ accomplishment with a congratulatory advertisement in the statewide edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
"We are extremely proud of Stacy and wanted to recognize her publically for her first tournament win at the Kraft Nabisco Championship," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "Winning your first tournament on the LPGA Tour is special, but to do it in one of the Tour’s major tournaments is even more exciting. Stacy continues to be a great representative of the University of Arkansas and the Razorback program. We wanted to congratulate her on behalf of the Razorback Nation and wish her the best of luck in her future success."
The 3×6 inch congratulatory advertisement, designed by media relations student Andrew Reynolds, featured a picture of Lewis as a professional golfer. The image is of Lewis and her golf bag which has a Razorback head cover in it.
The Woodlands, Texas, native is a four-time All-Southeastern Conference and All-America selection for the Razorbacks. She won the SEC Championship individual title as a freshman and again as a senior and added the NCAA individual title to her resume in 2007 shooting a course record 66 in the final round at the LPGA International course in Florida.
She was named SEC Golfer of the Year as a senior in 2008 and left campus holding every individual school record. Some of her other accomplishments include 13 collegiate individual titles, the top-ranked amateur for two consecutive years, two-time Honda Broderick Award nominee, the 2007 Dinah Shore Trophy Winner, two-time Capital One Academic All-American, four-time NGCA Scholar-Athlete, 2008 Curtis Cup Team member, three-time U.S. Women’s Open participant as an amateur and the 2007 World University Games medalist title.
Lewis turned pro after leading the United States to its sixth consecutive Curtis Cup title in Scotland. She then shot a 142 winning the qualifier to earn her second trip to the U.S. Women’s Open.
Lewis’ first summer after graduation (2008) was filled with tournament appearances and Q-school and she made the most of her opportunity. After winning Q-school, Lewis became a card-carrying member of the LPGA.
In three seasons on Tour, Lewis has earned $1,236,513. Lewis’ best finish prior to last week’s win was a runner-up finish at the Tres Marias Championship.
Lewis is a 2008 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a finance and accounting degree.