ORLANDO, Fla. – Chances are Stacy Lewis won’t give that quadruple-bogey 9 she had in the first round a second thought when she leaves Orlando on Monday afternoon. Where Lewis is headed, golf scores are a meaningless blip. From the LPGA Tour Championship, Lewis will head to Rwanda with her mother, Carol, as part of Betsy King’s Golf Fore Africa project. She will join King and LPGA teaching pros Suzanne Strudwick and Susie Corona in aiding the genocide survivors of Rwanda and the AIDS orphans of Lesotho.
“Something is calling me to go there,” said Lewis, who is a regular at the tour’s weekly Fellowship meetings. “I don’t know why.”
In southern Rwanda, the group will visit the Uwinkingi Medical Clinic, which was built in 2010 with Golf Fore Africa donations. Lewis also hopes to meet Aline, the 6-year-old girl she has sponsored the last year. Her mother, Carol, is a nurse who hopes to impart her expertise to those who work at the clinic.
In Lesotho, King and Co. will deliver 1,000 AIDS Caregiver Kits and visit the homes of AIDS patients. Lewis plans to bring soccer balls and a pump to the children of Africa, sharing her love of sport with those who could use a healthy distraction.
Juli Inkster, Katherine Hull and Reilley Rankin have joined King in Rwanda in the past. More than 60 LPGA players have donated to King’s mission since it began in 2007. Together they have raised over $1.2 million.