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September 3, 2017 Scott Burton
Stacy Lewis Wins Cambia Portland Classic For Houston
Lewis commits $195,000 winner’s check to relief Efforts
PORTLAND, OR – Stacy Lewis struggled to hold back the tears as she hugged her husband on the 18th green of Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Her city was underwater. Her community faced the rebuilding of its generation and she was in Portland – 2,269 miles away. All week Lewis had talked about her hometown, how she was focused on them, and how her winning check would be donated to support their recovery. And so, as Lewis sank the final putt of the 2017 Cambia Portland Classic reality sank in with the ball. In one of her life’s hardest weeks, she’d realized one of the most important wins of her career.
“That’s unbelievable. You know, when I said that I had the goal winning the tournament, and you got to get a lot of things right, to go your way,” said Lewis. “Just what we’re going to be able to do, we’re going to be able to help me rebuild houses and get their homes back. That’s more important than anything.”
Lewis described herself as unusually calm all week. It wasn’t like her. But, the events in Houston had given her a certain focus.
“I’ve just been extremely calm. Anybody who has seen me play knows that’s not normally me. There has just been a calmness about me this week. I haven’t worried about anything and just played really solid,” she said after Saturday’s third round.
Lewis went to bed Saturday night with a rather comfortable three-stroke lead. But a six under par, 66 from her playing partner In Gee Chun brought the outcome of the tournament down to the final hole.
“Yeah, did I make another bogey-free round, and then I think it was great round today. But Stacy play was good, too. I really enjoy play with Stacy. I know Stacy have a little hard time before, so I want to give to her big congratulations,” said the LPGA rookie Chun.
The Portland fans had been rooting for Lewis throughout the tournament.
“All the people encouraging me and rooting for me. I had so many messages on my phone and social media. It was probably the most I’ve ever seen as far as people encouraging me,” said Lewis.
Lewis’ $195,000 winner’s check will be matched by her sponsor KPMG. Marathon, another Lewis sponsor, will donate $1,000,000 in Stacy’s honor to the Houston relief efforts.
The 2017 Cambia Portland Classic will be remembered for Lewis’ gutsy performance and also for the efforts of several notable players. As a rookie, Chun nearly won her first tournament. In her final appearance in the United States, Ai Miyazato began her farewell tour as she plans to conclude a remarkable career at the end of the season. And while her three-peat was not realized, two-time defending champion Brooke Henderson gave fans a thrill on Sunday as she battled back from a third round 74 to finish the tournament tied for fifteenth.
“This was an incredible week that gave fans a chance to see the best golfers in the world take on a great golf course. I’d like to thank everyone who came out to watch and all of the players, volunteers and staff that helped to make the 2017 Cambia Portland Classic a tournament to remember,” said Tom Maletis, Chairman of Tournament Golf Foundation.