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Injury grieving part of emotional week for Lewis family

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Stacy Lewis endured just about every emotion in the spectrum during her victorious week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

After leaving the champion’s news conference Sunday, she hugged her father, Dale.

“How’s mom?” Lewis asked.

“Not very good,” Dale said. “She’s in the hospital.”

“Oh, no,” Stacy said, burying her face in her father’s chest.

Carol Lewis, Stacy’s mother, injured her left leg jumping into Poppie’s Pond in the traditional victory celebration. She was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Dale said his wife hit her leg on the bottom of the pond and that a large bump quickly protruded from the leg. Dale said he didn’t know yet if the leg was broken, but he thought it was more serious than a bad bruise.

Stacy learned Wednesday, the day before the championship, that her grandfather, Al, had died. He was 84, a retired hardware supply manager in Toledo, Ohio. Al, Dale’s father, planted the golf seed in the family. Al taught Dale to play golf and Dale taught Stacy.

“He lived via my golf,” Stacy said. “He loved watching it on TV. He recorded it every week so he could keep watching it over and over again.”

The funeral was delayed until Wednesday so Stacy could play the tournament and still attend.

“Everybody in the family knew he would have wanted me to finish out this week,” Lewis said.