Stacy Lewis

Profile and career facts and figures for the LPGA star

Stacy Lewis
Golfer Stacy Lewis. Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Stacy Lewis overcame a childhood battle with a potentially debilitating spinal condition called scoliosis to become, by the 2010s, one of the best players in women's golf.

Date of birth: February 16, 1985
Place of birth: Toledo, Ohio

LPGA Tour Victories
2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship
2012 Mobile Bay LPGA Classsic
2012 ShopRite LPGA Classic
2012 Navistar LPGA Classic
2012 Mizuno Classic
2013 HSBC Women's Champions
2013 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup
2013 Women's British Open
2014 North Texas LPGA Shootout
2014 ShopRite LPGA Classic
2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
2017 Cambia Portland Classic

Major Championship Victories
Kraft Nabisco Championship: 2011
Women's British Open: 2013

Awards and Honors

  • LPGA Player of the Year, 2012, 2014
  • LPGA Vare Trophy winner (low scoring average), 2013
  • Member, USA Solheim Cup team, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Member, USA Curtis Cup team, 2008

Quote, Unquote

  • Lewis: "Most of the time, if you work hard, you'll get the good bounces."
  • Lewis: "Play more than you practice. Don't be a range rat."
  • Lewis: "Because of my back, I don't know how big a playing window I have left. ... I'm going to get after it while I can. You never know what tomorrow will bring."


  • At the 2008 Curtis Cup, Lewis compiled a 5-0 record, becoming the first player in Curtis Cup history to do so.
  • After winning the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship, Lewis made the Champion's Leap accompanied by, among others, her mother. Unfortunately, her mother landed awkwardly in the shallow water and suffered a broken bone in her leg.

Stacy Lewis Biography

Stacy Lewis' very successful golf career might easily never have gotten started. When she was 11, Lewis began treatment for scoliosis, a condition in which the spine begins to curve. Treatment initially involved wearing a back brace for 18 hours a day.

Despite this, Lewis managed to develop an impressive junior golf game. Playing golf was one of the only times she got to remove the brace, so golf became something of a sanctuary for her. In an interview with Golf Digest, Lewis said that "being permitted to get out of (the back brace) for six hours a day ... was why I gravitated to golf and spent so much time at the course. If I'd had a healthy back, you might not have heard of Stacy Lewis."

Lewis was born in Ohio, but spent most of her youth in The Woodlands, a golf-centric, upscale community north of Houston, Texas. She began golfing at age 8.

Unfortunately, the back brace didn't keep Lewis' spinal curvature in check, and when she was a high school senior she underwent surgery to insert a metal rod and five screws in her back. Lewis still received a golf scholarship to the University of Arkansas, but was unable to join the team during her first year in college.

But by her second year in college, Lewis' back - and her golf game - had recovered. The surgery freed her from the back brace, and with some tweaks to her swing Lewis embarked on a stellar NCAA golf career: She was named All-American four times and won 12 tournaments. In 2007, she won the NCAA women's individual championship.

In 2008, Lewis played for the United States team at the Curtis Cup, winning all five matches she played. She was the first golfer in Curtis Cup history to do so.

Lewis turned pro later that year and finished third at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open. She played LPGA Q-School at the end of the year and was the medalist. Her rookie season on the LPGA Tour was 2009.

Lews was solid her first two seasons on tour, but didn't win. When that first victory came, however, it came at a major: the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

That was Lewis' only win in her first three years on the LPGA Tour. But beginning in 2012, Lewis took off: She won four times, was second three more, and had 12 more Top 10s; she finished third on the money list; and won the tour's points-based LPGA Player of the Year Award.

Lewis continued her hot play in 2013 with three wins and 19 Top 10 finishes, and led the tour in scoring average. One of those victories was her second major, the Women's British Open.

And in early 2014, Lewis reached the No. 1 spot in the world rankings. She won three times that year, but then went winless in 2015 and 2016. Lewis got back in the winner's circle at the 2017 Cambia Portland Classic.