Date of birth: 16/02/1985
Place of birth: Toledo, Ohio
Turned pro: 2008
The rise of Stacy Lewis to the top of women’s golf is one of the true inspirational stories in world sport.
From the age of 11, Lewis wore a back brace 18 hours a day for seven years to correct curvature in her spine from scoliosis. She underwent surgery back surgery during her senior year of high school.
However, Lewis overcame this massive obstacle and demonstrated her golfing talent in impressive fashion on the amateur scene.
As a member of the University of Arkansas women’s golf team, she won 12 college events and was a four-time All-American. Away from college, she was twice crowned Golfweek and Golf Digest Women’s Amateur Player of the Year and also won a string of competitions.
The 30-year-old turned professional in 2008 and competed in seven events on the LPGA Tour with two top-10 finishes, including a tie for third at the US Women’s Open.
2011 was a breakthrough season for the current World No.3. She clinched her first Major victory by winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship and crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings.
She landed her second Major victory in 2013 by securing the Women’s British Open.
The superstar golfer has represented the USA three times in the Solheim Cup – in 2011, 2013 and 2015.