by Jeff Skinner
This isn’t what the LPGA Tour needed in Houston at its Tour Championship. First their biggest drawing card disappears when Michelle Wie has to withdraw with a bad ankle and then the weather refuses to cooperate. The players haven’t been able to complete round two due to rain delays. They’ll continue the second round at 7 a.m. today.
One of those golfers that wasn’t able to start her second round was Stacy Lewis. Stacy is pulling double duty this week as a player and as an impromptu host. Houston is her hometown and she is thrilled to be able to play a tournament in front of her hometown fans. As Beth Ann Baldry notes in Golf Week, Lewis is having a busy week.
With all the issues that have faced the LPGA this year it is easy to miss the fact that the LPGA has great product to sell. These women play great golf at wonderful courses and they are by far one of the most “fan friendly” sports anywhere. These women are approachable on the course and very active off the course. At each tournament stop they always have some charitable activity that they take part in. This week was no different. Stacy and her rookie pal Vicky Hurst visited the hospital where Stacy had her back surgery six years ago. It seems that I have seen Stacy in the pictures of each and every hospital visit that the tour makes. I don’t think she has missed one yet. She is an outstanding person and just one of the many LPGA players that realize how important it is to give something back.