Stacy Lewis was never an AJGA All-American, but that doesn’t mean the late-bloomer isn’t interested in making a difference at the highest levels of junior golf. Lewis, KPMG and the AJGA announced a first-of-its-kind format for the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational, a 54-hole, stroke-play championship at Blessings Golf Club in Johnson, Ark., on June 22-25.
The top 64 juniors (32 boys and 32 girls) will play in mixed pairings to determine the Boys and Girls Division champions as well as a new boys-versus-girls team competition. The top eight cumulative boys’ scores and the top eight cumulative girls’ scores will decide the overall team champion. Players must be ages 12-15 to compete.
Blessings is the home course for the Arkansas men’s and women’s golf teams. Lewis, 30, played in eight AJGA events as a junior, with a career-best T-4 finish at the 2002 Aaron’s/Bob Estes Abilene Junior. She went on to win 12 titles at Arkansas and has compiled 11 victories on the LPGA.
“I am thrilled to see this tournament come to fruition where boys and girls will be playing together in the same pairings at a place that is so close to my heart,” Stacy Lewis said in a release. “I want to thank the Blessings Golf Club for agreeing to host this special event. I am excited about how this format will not only help to spark new friendships but will also encourage the development of a healthy gender-blind respect for each other as fellow competitors.”
Lewis double-majored in finance and accounting in college. Proceeds from the AJGA event will benefit a KPMG-Stacy Lewis women’s finance and accounting internship endowment, through which a female college student majoring in finance or accounting will gain important work experience at the AJGA before or immediately after graduation.
“KPMG is proud to support Stacy Lewis and the launch of this new invitational because it aligns with our commitment to the advancement, development and empowerment of women, both on and off the golf course,” said John Veihmeyer, KPMG’s global chairman and chairman and CEO in the U.S.