Stacy Lewis made her professional debut in Toledo, Ohio, in 2009 at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic. Three years later, Lewis is a completely different player.
Lewis leads the LPGA Tour money list. She's won a major, at last year's Kraft Nabisco Championship and has two victories this season. Sounds like a perfect time to have a home game.
"It’s a special place for me, it’s the first LPGA tournament I ever played in," Lewis said Tuesday. "My family is here, I was born here so it just has a lot of special meaning for me. My family is so excited to come out they have been working on their shirts for two years so they’re getting ready to go. I’m looking forward to the event."
Of course, being at home with family comes with its own set of complications. Spending time with family is a priority, but being the best player on the LPGA Tour comes with additional commitments. This week is a balancing act.
"The week was busy but now coming back as one of the best players its gotten even more busy with more requests," she said. "My family understands that though, they’ve been great. ... It’s hard but I know what to expect now coming in now, that’s the big thing. I know this week is busy and that’s a good problem to have.”
The occasion to play in Toledo allowed Lewis to reflect on two years' worth of swing changes that, she said, have finally clicked this year.
"Even coming to a golf course like this I don’t know why but the fairways seem wider to me," she said. "I made that comment to my coach and he was like well you’re hitting it better, that’s why."