She's "back" in the winner's circle
Stacy's "back"
By Torleif Sorenson on 11/13/12
Thanks to oober mantajim for the tip!

Christie Kerr may have captured the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday in Guadalajara, Mexico, but she's not the only winner from over the weekend.

Stacy Lewis finished T-4 and thereby became the first U.S.-born golfer in 18 years to capture the LPGA's Player of the Year award (World Golf HOF'er Beth Daniel won in 1994). Instead of a subjective choice, POY is awarded on a performance-based points system. Lewis has won four times this year and finished T-2 at the LPGA Championship.

That Lewis is even playing professional golf is exceptionally remarkable; she was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 11 and underwent a spinal fusion a few years later, as a high school student. Further back injuries hampered her amateur career at the University of Arkansas, but she later won an NCAA Division I championship and an armful of awards and honors. She also graduated from Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting.

As a professional, Lewis irrevocably broke through by capturing a major as her first professional victory - the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship, still referred to by some as "the Dinah." This year, she has won (thus far) at Mobile Bay, the ShopRite, the Navistar, and earlier this month at the Mizuno Classic in Japan.

Interestingly, the only other golfers on any major professional tour who have won four times this year are Rory McIlroy and European Tour golfer Branden Grace.

Lewis's perseverance even includes a tongue-in-cheek nod at her ability to win and at the main impediment to her success. The evidence is in the web site domain she chose:

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[ comments ]
jfurr says:
Nice accomplishment.
Matt McGee says:
When she's on her game, she's sure fun to watch.
mantajim says:
Woo Pig Sooie Razorbacks!!
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