Q/A with Stacy Lewis

by Iver Maple on April 3, 2011

Q: What was it like competing against Michelle Wie in Q-School?

A: There was a lot of pressure and coverage. There were even bleachers and stands, for LPGA Q-School! To have all that attention was fun, but truthfully it was great to have it over with and get on to the tour.

Q: What was it like leading the field in your first US Open?

A: The US Open was surreal. I played okay the first two days, and then all of a sudden my putter catches fire and I'm leading. It happened so fast! Each day, after I finished playing I would go through my warm-down practice routine. But after my third round 67 I did a bunch of interviews and just wanted to get out of there. I didn't do what I'd been doing to get into that position. It wasn't clear at the time that it had an big effect, but looking back I feel that it did. I wish I'd just hit a few and calmed down a little bit.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?

A: Three years after I started playing, I found out that I had scoliosis. Over the next seven years, I wore a corrective body brace for 18 hours a day. The only time I was allowed out of it was to play golf! Maybe that’s why I love it so much—it was a relief. When I was 18, I had a spinal fusion operation and was told that I might never play again. There is now a rod and five screws in my back. And when my doctor found out that I played golf competitively, he conducted the surgery a little differently so that I could retain more rotation in my swing. The recovery was the worst pain I’ve ever imagined, but going through that ordeal made me tougher mentally. It gave me a new appreciation of what I’m able to do. It didn’t matter how I played, I was just excited to be out there at all, and that made me a better player.

Q: How did you select Mizuno?

A: I just have found that they set up well to my eye. They’re consistent, and I love their fit and feel. Mizuno’s drivers just look better to me than most—and I can really control my shots with them. Many pros go straight for a blade, but if I can hit the same types of shots with a cavity back, I’ll go for that every time. And with my Mizunos, I can still shape the ball just fine.

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Author Iver Maple

With over 14 years of Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations Experience, Iver Maple has been "bleeding Mizuno blue" for over seven years.  A graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and now residing in Atlanta, home to Mizuno USA's headquarters, he has now officially acclimated to "Southern Life" from his original roots in Long Island, New York.  Outside of his passion for golf, he enjoys tennis, rooting for his beloved Commodores, and hiking with his dog 'Cutler.'