New Star Lewis Returns to Arkansas


LPGA Tour _newROGERS, Arkansas -- Stacy Lewis, last week's surprise third-round leader at the U.S. Women's Open, was an amateur when she shot the best score at last year's NW Arkansas Championship in what LPGA officials believed was the first full-length tour event ever shortened to 18 holes.
Lewis finished her 7-under 65 on Saturday before a weather suspension left 32 players still needing to complete their first rounds on Sunday. Persistent bad weather plagued the tournament for four days, and with the Solheim Cup scheduled for the next week, officials had no choice but to shorten the event from three rounds to one.
Stats and money payouts from the tournament were unofficial, not that it mattered in the case of Lewis. As an amateur, she was ineligible to receive a check anyway.
'It's one good round of golf, and that's all really you can take from it,' said Lewis, who did receive a trophy, although not in a greenside presentation.
CBS will broadcast coverage of the last two rounds beginning at 1:30 p.m. (ET) on both days.
Next week is the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, where Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak won last year.
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