Sunday, September 3, 2017

Stacy Lewis Wins Cambia Classic. Donates Purse to Hurricane Relief.

Stacy Lewis won the Cambia Portland Classic today and donated her entire winnings ($195,000) to the hurricane relief fund in her hometown of Houston, Texas.

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Stacy Lewis donated her entire winner's check to the hurricane relief fund.

Stacy took a 4 shot lead into the final round on Sunday. When she increased that lead to 5 strokes early in the round, it looked like it was going to be easy.

It was anything but!

When In Gee Chun birdied the 13th hole she crept to within 2 strokes of the lead. She then had a very makeable putt on 14 to get within one, but couldn't get it to drop. When both players parred the 15th hole, Stacy still had a two stroke lead.

In Gee Chun then made a long birdie putt on the 16th hole, to cut the lead to just one stroke. When Lewis missed the green on 17 it looked like she would lose her lead. She would then make a great chip to within 5 feet of the cup and sink the putt for her par. Chun then missed a chance to tie things up when her 10 foot putt slid by the hole.

When Lewis bunkered her drive on the 18th hole, it gave Chun another golden opportunity. Once again she failed to take advantage as her approach shot sailed over the green, ending any reasonable chance she had of winning. Lewis would then two putt for the victory.

For Lewis it was her first victory in over 3 years covering 83 starts.

This was a much calmer Lewis this week (maybe the calmist we have ever seen her). She focused on winning for the hurricane victims in Houston, and did just that.

Stacy gets a lot of negative press for her intensity on the golf course, but should be applauded for what she did this week.

KPMG (one of Stacy's major sponsors) announced that they would match Stacy's winnings, meaning that almost $400,000 will go towards the relief fund.

This Week's Trivia Question:  (for those who missed it earlier)

Since 2006 (11 tournaments) only 1 South Korean player has won this tournament. Can you name her and the year she won?

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