I tuned in to the Golf Channel yesterday to catch the final round of the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship taking place in California. I was expecting to see these ladies crush it off the tee box, keep everything in the fairway and sinking putts with ease (not all did which makes me feel a little better when I miss putt after putt). I was expecting to see veterans Yani Tseng, Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel at the top of the leader board. And I was looking forward to seeing the on course golf fashions – like Paula Creamer’s signature pink. What I didn’t expect to see was Stacy Lewis, solid as a rock going toe to toe with defending champ Yani Tseng and ultimately taking the title – after all, it was Stacy’s first LPGA win!
Here is a quick glimpse of Stacy and Yani as they were featured in the Prudential Rock Solid spotlight on the last round:
I was so impressed with how calm and cool Stacy Lewis played, but not nearly as impressed as I am now!! You see, after doing a little research on Stacy, I learned that she is truly one of those amazing and inspiring athletes who has defied the laws of medicine to achieve greatness!
Stacy began playing golf at age 8 and was diagnosed with scoliosis (a side to side curvature of the spine) at age 11. She had to wear a back brace 18 hours a day for 7 and a half years taking the brace off only to play golf. WOW!! When Stacy was a senior in high school she had back surgery to correct what the brace had not and was told she may not walk again, or for that matter play golf. Well, I guess she proved those doctors wrong! She went on to play golf at the University of Arkansas, winning an NCAA championship and became the #1 ranked amateur golfer before turning pro. What an inspiration!
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