RICHMOND, Texas – This is a home tournament for Texas’ Stacy Lewis, which means her off-course obligations get a little nutty. So far this week she has roped a cow, toured NASA, visited Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and spent Tuesday’s practice round with a very special 7-year-old.
“The last few days I left the hotel at 6 a.m. and didn’t get back until 8 or 9 p.m.,” said Lewis, who grew up in The Woodlands, Texas. “Just doing as much as I can to help promote this tournament.”
Lewis, who seems to go above and beyond for the LPGA quite regularly, opened with a 2-under 70 at the Houstonian. The Tour Championship has a TBD for location on the 2010 schedule, so Lewis is acutely aware that her tour needs to make a good impression to attract a title sponsor here for next year.
Speaking of good impressions, Lewis can’t say enough good things about Abigail Davis, a local golfer who shadow caddied Lewis during Tuesday’s practice round. Davis, who was born without a left hand, plays golf left-handed and has finished third twice in her young career.
Lewis grew up with her own physical ailments and was blown away by Abigail’s upbeat personality.
“She doesn’t know that she doesn’t have a hand,” Lewis said. “She wants to take piano lessons.”
Lewis wore a back brace for most of her childhood and had her share of bad days. Kudos to this rookie for making sure kids like Abigail have a good one.