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PGA REACH partners with Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation and Workday to positively impact lives in the Bay Area and beyond

SAN FRANCISCO – The PGA of America’s 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation d/b/a PGA REACH, Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, and Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, are partnering to help children in the Bay Area and beyond with the support and opportunities needed to play the game of golf and lead healthy, active lives. The organizations will be hosting the inaugural Stephen Curry Charity Classic presented by Workday on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, collectively aiming to raise $1 million to further their charitable missions.
Curry will be joined by 50 two-person teams comprised of partners, donors and supporters for a fun day of team-based golf competition at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco – home of the 2020 PGA Championship – benefitting both Eat. Learn. Play. and PGA REACH. Those interested in learning more about the event and contributing in support of Eat. Learn. Play. and PGA REACH can visit the CrowdRise campaign page hereThis is a private event that is closed to the general public.
The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections, and the game of golf. In alignment with the Play focus of Eat. Learn. Play., both organizations are committed to providing safe places for kids to learn and play golf – and the character building and life skills associated with the game. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be used to increase and sustain accessibility to golf in San Francisco, Oakland, and throughout the Bay Area.
Eat. Learn. Play. is the charitable foundation of two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry and renowned restauranteur, chef, The New York Times best-selling author and TV host, Ayesha Curry.
“We launched Eat. Learn. Play. earlier this year with an aim to become one of the country’s most innovative and impactful charities through our commitment to create equal opportunities and bright futures for every child,” the Currys said together. “We believe talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Eat. Learn. Play. is committed to unlocking the amazing potential of every child by fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring universal access to quality education, and enabling healthy, active lifestyles.”
Thanks to the generous support of Bay Area-based Workday, all proceeds from the event will be evenly divided between Eat. Learn. Play. and PGA REACH.
“PGA REACH is incredibly proud to work together with Eat. Learn. Play. to make a difference in the lives of youth in the Bay Area and across the country,” said Ryan Cannon, PGA REACH Senior Director. “Sports – and golf in particular – provide kids with opportunities and experiences that help them learn, grow and succeed, which every child deserves. With support from Workday, we will be able to create even more access to the game.”
“A key focus for Workday is delivering products and programs that create opportunities for all,” said Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO, Workday. “We’re proud to team up with Eat. Learn. Play. and PGA REACH to amplify these efforts and create a brighter future for the children and families of the great Bay Area where so many of our employees live and work.”
Billed as a multi-faceted golf experience, the Stephen Curry Charity Classic presented by Workday begins with a skills challenge, followed by an 18-hole scramble. In the spirit of PGA Jr. League – the flagship youth pillar program of PGA REACH – the tournament will follow the program’s two-person scramble format with all players wearing blue or orange numbered jerseys based on the division in which they are drafted. Teams with the highest point totals in each division will play with Curry and other special guests in a one-hole shootout to determine the overall winner.
PGA Jr. League brings boys and girls together to learn and play golf on co-ed teams with expert coaching from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Last year, Curry and U.S. women’s soccer star Alex Morgan became the first non-golf Ambassadors for PGA Jr. League, joining professional golfers Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson in supporting the highly successful junior golf initiative.
With the goal of making PGA Jr. League accessible to children everywhere, PGA REACH provides scholarships for boys and girls with financial needs or are from military families who apply for assistance. More than 2,200 scholarships were awarded to players during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

MCDONALD TO REPLACE LEWIS ON 2019 U.S. SOLHEIM CUP TEAM

GLENEAGLES, Perthshire, Scotland (Sept. 10, 2019) – U.S. Solheim Cup Captain Juli Inkster announced Tuesday that Stacy Lewis has withdrawn from the 2019 USA Team due to a back injury. Ally McDonald, who was named as the first alternate when the team was finalized on Aug. 25, will replace her on Team USA and is already on site at Gleneagles.

“Stacy is one of the fiercest competitors I have ever met. I know this was an incredibly tough decision for her, but she also has the team’s best interests at heart,” said Inkster. “Stacy will stay with Team USA over the next week and will still be an incredible asset to our crew. But when I had to choose an alternate, I knew Ally would be able to step up for the challenge. She’s got a cool head but a fiery spirit. I know she’ll bring her best to Team USA.”

Lewis was named to Team USA as one of Inkster’s two captain’s picks. The four-time Solheim Cup veteran has been struggling with a back injury for the last week.

“I’m extremely disappointed not to be able to play. I’m a competitor and I want to play, but I had a back injury flare up last week,” said Lewis. “I’ve done everything I could possibly do over the last week to be ready to play. For my health and what I feel is in the best interest of the team, I decided to take myself out. I will take a different role with the team and will do whatever I can to help Team USA bring the Cup home.”

McDonald, in her fourth year on the LPGA Tour, will make her Solheim Cup debut in Scotland. Over the two-year qualifying period (the 2017 CP Women’s Open to the 2019 CP Women’s Open), McDonald has 15 top-20 finishes, including at three majors in 2019. She has previous team experience at the 2014 Curtis Cup, where she partnered with Team USA’s Annie Park for a 4-and-3 fourball victory over Bronte Law, who is representing Europe at the Solheim Cup, and Charlotte Thomas.

“I didn’t want to make the team this way, but when Juli told me what was going on with Stacy, I was ready to step into either role, if that was being here and being part of the experience or being ready to tee it up,” said McDonald. “It was just mentally preparing for either scenario. I’m obviously very excited to play. This was a goal of mine to play on this team.”

Inkster and Lewis will be available in the media center’s interview room at 3 p.m., with McDonald available at 3:30 p.m. alongside teammates Morgan Pressel, Angel Yin and Marina Alex.

LOVE III, SORENSTAM, MARR II AND SPORK HEAD INDUCTEES INTO THE PGA OF AMERICA HALL OF FAME

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2019)– PGA Champions Dave Marr II and Davis Love III; women’s golf legend Annika Sörenstam; and LPGA co-founder Shirley Spork – a foursome that impacted both American and global golf – lead a class of six inductees into the PGA of America Hall of Fame.

The 2019 class will be honored Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the PGA’s 103rdAnnual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida. Also entering the Hall of Fame that night will be former PGA President Derek Sprague of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; and the late golf club designer and philanthropist Karsten Solheim.

“We take great pride in welcoming this outstanding class into the PGA of America Hall of Fame,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “They are some of the most inspiring and exceptional performers in golf. These honorees followed individual accomplishments by becoming ambassadors to grow the game. Their contributions have forever impacted the next generation of players in our sport. We proudly inscribe their names on an honor roll of those who have made golf the greatest game.”

Jazz Festival Moved to Scope Arena Due to Inclement Weather Forecast

NORFOLK, VA – (August 21, 2019) – The 37th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival on Friday &
Saturday, August 23 & 24, has been relocated to the Norfolk Scope Arena in Downtown Norfolk due to
the inclement weather in the forecast for the upcoming weekend. The event was originally scheduled to
be held at Town Point Park.
Norfolk Scope Arena is located at 201 E. Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk VA 23510. More information about
Scope Arena can be found here.
Doors open at 5pm and music begins at 5:30pm with a full lineup of entertainment for each day.
Friday Lineup:
9:30pm – Sheila E.
7:30pm –Richard Elliot, Peter White, DW3 (West Coast Jam)
5:30pm –Michael Lington, Paul Taylor, Vincent Ingala (Sax To The Max)
Saturday Lineup:
9:30pm – Brian McKnight
7:30pm –Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Paul Jackson Jr. (Jazz Funk Soul)
5:30pm – Lindsey Webster
Ticket Information:
All festival tickets will be honored at the Norfolk Scope entrance. Advance ticketholders are encouraged
to enter through the Exhibition Hall entrance. All other ticketholders, including Will Call and those
guests purchasing tickets, need to enter through the Scope Box Office, located in the Scope parking
garage at 201 E. Brambleton Avenue. Due to the location change, no chairs or personal coolers will be
allowed into Scope Arena. A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase at
bit.ly/NFKJazzTickets.
Parking:
Guests can park in the Scope parking garage at 201 E. Brambleton Avenue. Additional parking is
available at the Charlotte Street Garage located at 440 Monticello Ave.
FOR MORE INFORMATION about the 37th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival, as well as additional
events throughout the year, including hours, park regulations and parking, please visit Festevents.org or
call 757-441-2345.

The 37th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival is produced by Norfolk Festevents, presented by
the City of Norfolk and Optima Health.
Norfolk Festevents, Ltd., based in Norfolk, Virginia, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to
creating the most dynamic urban waterfront community in America through innovative programming
and imaginative uses of its historic waterfront spaces. An extensive 10-month schedule of diverse
outdoor cultural events, festivals, concerts, entertainment, holiday programs, tall ship visits, sports and
recreation are presented in two popular and welcoming waterfront environments; Town Point Park
located in downtown Norfolk on the banks of the Elizabeth River and Ocean View Beach Park situated
on the shore line of the Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk Festevents has served as the City of Norfolk’s official
event marketing agency since the city’s downtown waterfront revitalization initiatives began in 1982.
The organization has garnered international acclaim for its advocacy for public access to waterfronts,
outstanding quality programming and development of public spaces, transforming Norfolk into one of
the most progressive, fun and livable waterfront communities in the country. Residents, workers, and
visitors to Norfolk and the Hampton Roads region are invited to experience all the fun and excitement of
the 2019 season!

STEPHEN CURRY PARTNERS WITH HOWARD UNIVERSITY TO LAUNCH FIRST DIVISION I GOLF PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a historic stride forward to grow the game of golf, six-time NBA All-Star and Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation co-founder, Stephen Curry, announced his commitment to Howard University today, with a pledge to support the establishment of the university’s first NCAA Division 1 golf program for the next six years.

Inspired by Howard senior and golfer, Otis Ferguson IV, whom Curry met during a campus visit earlier this year, Curry was compelled to act when Ferguson shared that his impassioned solo crusade to get a golf team at Howard proved unsuccessful. An avid golfer himself, Curry tapped into what is increasingly becoming his defining trait— the distinctive ability to connect and empathize with anyone, anywhere, and made the unprecedented decision to help bridge the gap between talent and opportunity. Utilizing his unique position, Curry will introduce and increase access to elite golf at a historically black college, furthermore calling on sport and community giants like Under Armour, Callaway, Eat. Learn. Play., among others, for help with equipment, uniforms, and more.

“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” said the NBA star. Adding, “It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University, and look forward to building their first men’s and women’s golf teams with them.”

Howard University aims to debut the first men’s and women’s golf teams in the 2020/2021 academic year, with resources strategically allocated for talent scouting and training to have a competitive Division 1 team in place for its inaugural season, joining Howard’s other 19 Division 1 teams. The university previously had a Division 2 golf team and various intercollegiate and intramural club teams.

“Howard University is honored to partner with NBA Champion Stephen Curry to launch what is sure to become one of the best golf programs in the country,” said President Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA. “This program will expose the campus to a game with numerous benefits. Golf is unique because it can be played through various ages of life. Grandfathers can play with granddaughters. Expanding the competitive opportunities for student athletes, especially in arenas where they are underrepresented, is consistent with the university’s strategic plan.”

Curry will be joined by Howard University’s President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, Athletic Director, Kery Davis, CEO of Callaway, Chip Brewer, and Howard student, Otis Ferguson IV, in a historic tee-off today in Washington, D.C.

FIRST RESPONDERS RECEIVE DISCOUNTED ADMISSION TO BUSCH GARDENS

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (July 12, 2019)  Busch Gardens Williamsburg will honor law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and 911 dispatchers with a special half-off admission to the Williamsburg theme park.  This special offer is only available through ID.me July 12 – 31.  These heroes and their guests can visit the worlds most beautiful theme park through Aug ust 18 with this special offer.

Were thrilled to give back to those individuals who work tirelessly every day to serve our communities, said park President Kevin Lembke. Providing this offer to first responders is a small way of saying thank you for their unwavering service to protect.

Qualifying Virginia first responders include:

  • Police Officers (Federal, State, Regional and Local)
  • Sheriff Deputies
  • Firefighters
  • Emergency Medical Service personnel
  • 911 Dispatchers

First responders also can receive up to three, single-day half-off admissions to share with family and friends.  In addition, Busch Gardens is extending great deals on other park products including:

  • $10 off All Day Dine with non-alcoholic beverages
  • 50 percent off Animal Tours

These special offers can only be purchased through ID.me.

First Responders and their guests can look forward to these special happenings during this offer:

  1. FINNEGANS FLYER  Finnegans Flyer, a new Screamin Swing ride at Busch Gardens, features two pendulum-like arms, seating 32 riders that fly progressively higher with each swing.  Finnegans Flyer will reach a staggering height of more than 80 feet with a speed of 45 mph.  Only the bravest will prevail.
  2. Summer Nights (June 28 Aug 11)  Busch Gardens becomes a cooler place after dark during Summer Nights.  Special entertainment, culinary experiences and a fun nighttime atmosphere will give guests a new reason to visit during summer evenings.  The Royal Palace Theatre lights up with Spark presented by Coca-Cola, a high-energy spectacle featuring par ty-starters, laser lights and a custom soundtrack created by award winning musicians. Fireworks light up the night sky every Fri., Sat. and Sun. And to add to the fun of Summer Nights, acts from the hit show Americas and Britains Got Talent will take the stage every week during the summertime event.  Acts like Boogie Storm, The Passing Zone and Fighting Gravity are scheduled to appear in the parks Globe Theatre.

This special offer is only available at ID.me and must be redeemed by August 18, 2019.  To access this offer, visit buschgardens.com/firstresponders. Parking is not included and restrictions apply.

Joel Paige Named New COO of Williamsburg, VA Golf Resort

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WILLIAMSBURG, VA, July 11, 2019 Joel Paige has been named the new Chief Operating Officer of Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, the renowned AAA Four Diamond condominium golf resort on the James River. The 2,900 acre, 400-room resort is well known for The River Course, home of the LPGA Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg, and the most historic 177 yards of golf in America.
 
Paiges significant East Coast golf and resort expertise is welcomed by Escalante Golf, the owner and operator of Kingsmill Resort, a preeminent golf and family destination strategically positioned in Williamsburg, within an easy drive from all the major markets along the I-95 corridor. Their vision is to return Kingsmill to the top of the ratings, as one of the most iconic golf resorts on the East Coast.
 
Given his background, Paige is ideal for the position of COO and to move Kingsmill Resort forward. He has over 25 years experience of managing resort destination properties that include championship-caliber golf courses. Equally important, he has very close relationships with the PGA Tour and PGA of America, along with key title sponsors, that have delivered successful professional tour events. In addition to those key relationships, Paige has served as Managing Director for two of golfs most seminal destinations Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami and PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. With Paige at the helm, all the necessary ingredients are in place to achieve the ownerships vision.
 
Joels tenure with some of the most iconic brands, resorts and destinations in golf and hospitality is not only compelling but also reads like a wish list, said David McDonald, President of E scalante Golf. There is no doubt that Kingsmill, the community, our guests and Williamsburg as a destination will benefit from his leadership and fiscal abilities.
 
In addition to world-class golf and the condominium-style resort accommodations, Kingsmill recently unveiled The Estate at Kingsmill, a 7,000-square-foot private estate with a panoramic view of the James River. Formerly the private mansion for the Busch family, of Busch Gardens and Budweiser fame, a $3 million investment has resulted in one of the most sought-after luxury rentals on the East Coast. This valued four-suite luxury accommodation and event space will also be in Paiges portfolio of responsibility.
 
Prior to joining the Kingsmill Resort team, Paige was the Managing Director at Lansdowne Resort & Spa in Leesburg, Virginia, a resort spa that boasts 45 holes of golf, significant meeting space and a membership program. His experience also includes serving as General Manager at The St. James in Washington, D.C. and as Managing Director of Merv Griffin Resorts in Scottsdale, AZ.
 
Paige earned his degree at Cal State Fullerton, California. 

Law Says Girls Should Have Fun with Golf

(May 26, 2019)-Before winning the Pure Silk Championship at 17 under par and before
receiving a degree in sociology from the University of California Los
Angeles in 2017, Bronte Law was having fun playing golf, tennis, soccer,
field hockey and running cross country track. Her advice for young girls
who want to follow in her footsteps and win an LPGA tournament, is to
“have fun.”

“I would say that you should never give up, and you don’t know what
situation you’re in or it might not be that you start playing until you’re
13, 14. If you work hard and you put your mind to it, and most
importantly, have fun with it, then you can achieve anything you want to,”
Law advised.

“I really did enjoy my golf as a junior golfer. I wasn’t too hard on
myself. I really did have a lot of fun. I had a lot of fun in college,
too. I think that’s really important.

Now, this is my job. It’s a little different. I have to treat it a little

 

differently. But I love it because I had that time when I was younger
where I made it fun.”

Although playing professional golf contains all of the aspects of running
a business, Law continues to find joy in the game. “I still do really
enjoy it. I love it. But there is a different aspect to it when you become
a professional.

So I would say all the time that you get, enjoy it. Don’t be hard on
yourself. Just like cherish that time as an amateur golfer. Make friends.
It’s something that I’m very grateful for that I had a really great
upbringing on the golf courses. I was always very welcome and I really
hope that those girls stand up for themselves like I did. You know, dream
big.”

In 2018, 24-year old Law played in 25 LPGA events, earning $539,306 and
making 22 cuts. She changed her putter to a Scotty Cameron Blade and
honed her skills to win the 2019 Pure Silk Championship. After previously
posting 65, 68, and 67, Law managed to score a four-under-par 67 on Sunday
to beat Brooke Henderson, Madelene Sagstromand and Nasa Hatoka by two
strokes.

“I believe in hard work and determination. I really stayed so focused out
there today. Obviously my caddie, Jeff, did a great job keeping me calm. I
guess after San Fran it really gave me perspective that I can compete at
the top. I came in this week with the sole intention of getting that one
better. It feels really good,” Law said on Sunday. Although the England
native has had a lot of fun with golf throughout her life, Law was all
about business for her first LPGA win. 

LPGA BRINGS NEW EVENT TO FLORIDA IN 2020

Belleair, Fla. – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced today that a new tournament, the Pelican Women’s Championship Presented by DEX Imaging, will be added to the 2020 season. The event will be held May 11-17, 2020 at Pelican Golf Club located in the waterfront town of Belleair, 45 minutes outside downtown Tampa. The tournament will feature a full field of 144 players, competing for a $1.75 million purse.

Since founding DEX Imaging in 2002, the Doyle family has created a legacy of giving back to the community through their philanthropic efforts and generosity to local nonprofits. They also have incorporated close ties to local professional sports teams into their business strategy including partnerships with the Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), the Buccaneers (NFL) and the Lightning (NHL).

“We are so excited to bring a new LPGA Tour event to the Tampa area with the help of a presenting sponsor that shares the LPGA’s values of giving back to the community and providing equal opportunities for women through the sport,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Golf fans can look forward to seeing the best female players on the planet being tested by a world-class venue in Pelican Golf Club, which also happens to have a Director of Women’s Golf! We could not be happier with this partnership that brings together the LPGA, the Doyle family, DEX Imaging and Pelican Golf Club.”

Pelican Golf Club, formerly known as Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, underwent major renovations to upgrade its facilities after the purchase by Dan Doyle Sr. and Dan Doyle Jr. was completed in 2017. Originally designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1925, The Beau Welling Design group oversaw the renovation project, re-establishing the stylistic elements of a golden age golf course while also improving its playability.

“When we embarked on the complete renovation of Pelican Golf Club, we did so with the goal of bringing the best of professional golf to the Tampa area,” said Dan Doyle Jr., President and CEO of DEX Imaging, and co-owner of Pelican Golf Club. “We are excited and honored to welcome the finest golfers in the world to our championship course for next year’s inaugural event. Hosting the LPGA at Pelican is a perfect opportunity to support the LPGA and women’s professional golf and shine a spotlight on our community and all it has to offer.”

The Pelican Women’s Golf Championship is operated by Eiger Marketing Group, a global marketing and event management agency. Eiger owns and operates LPGA tournaments including the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open in Los Angeles and the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer in Atlantic City, as well as a number of other sporting and lifestyle events throughout the year.

“There is tremendous momentum in women’s golf and we are excited to work with the LPGA, the Doyle Family, Pelican Golf Club and DEX Imaging on this brand new event,” said Tim Erensen, managing partner at Eiger Marketing Group. “It is a mission of Pelican Golf Club to be inclusive, so when Director of Golf Justin Sheehan suggested an LPGA event, the Doyle family quickly jumped on board. This tournament will be an amazing platform for Pelican and the stars of the LPGA to showcase their talents and we look forward to delivering a memorable, first-class experience for all involved.”

SIRAK: LEWIS EMBRACES CHANGE AS A NEW MOM ON TOUR

Looking back on it now, the Marathon Classic presented by Dana is where Stacy Lewis said goodbye to her old life. It was at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, a year ago that Lewis played her last LPGA round before becoming a mom. She returns this week with a new set of priorities setting on top of that same old competitive desire.

With Lewis’ typical flare for the dramatic, she shot a sizzling 66 on Sunday in the final round of the 2018 Marathon to finish T-38, well behind winner Jasmine Suwannapura but with a great memory to carry with her into maternity leave. In October, Lewis and Gerrod Chadwell became parents to daughter Chesnee.

Now the precious cargo of a baby complicates the already hectic life on the road of a tour player. There have been nights of little sleep and the occasional trip to Urgent Care for typical infant distresses.

Lewis returned to the tour in January with a T-6 finish at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions and has played well enough to be on Juli Inkster’s radar screen as a captain’s pick for the USA Solheim Cup team, that is if Stacy doesn’t play her way onto the squad.

That quest intensifies this week at Marathon as the tour enters a crucial stretch that includes back-to-back majors at the Evian Championship and the AIG Women’s British Open leading to the finalization of the American side after the CP Women’s Open on Aug. 25.

“It’s been a lot harder than I thought,” Lewis says about the adjustments to tour life as a mom. “Getting used to traveling and getting my body back in shape has taken a lot longer than I thought, but I feel like the game is moving in the right direction and we’re figuring things out on the road, how to travel, how to get through everyday, how to get through every night.”

Lewis, 34, has always been a feisty competitor, beginning with the way she overcame scoliosis as a child, which required wearing a back brace for years before eventually needing surgery. She fought her way onto the tour by winning Q school in 2008 and now has 12 wins, including majors at the 2011 ANA Inspiration and the 2013 Women’s British Open.

Now she faces an entirely different kind of challenge.

“My golf is not the No. 1 priority anymore,” Lewis says. “That is a hundred percent okay. Chesnee is my No. 1 and it’s about her eating and sleeping and doing everything in the right time and golf and me and my husband, we’re second now and that’s okay.”

Lewis has always risen to whatever challenge life throws at her, often in a dramatic way – like winning that 2008 Q school after failing to earn her card off the money list. She also won the Women’s British Open on The Old Course at St. Andrews when she hit a gorgeous links-style 5-iron on the difficult Road Hole to 5-feet that led to a birdie on No. 17 that secured the win.

And then there was the 2017 Cambia Portland Classic. Lewis, who hadn’t won a tournament in more than three years, said she would donate her winnings for the week to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in her adopted hometown of Houston. Then she won the tournament in one of the best feel-good moments of the year in all of sports.

As she returns to Marathon, where her maternity leave started, can Lewis go full circle and make a dramatic move to get a spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup team? She’s well within striking distance of the top eight on points for an automatic spot and could still move up in the Rolex Rankings to get one of those two positions – especially with those two points-heavy majors looming.

“I just want to be playing good golf,” Lewis says about how she can prove to Inkster that she deserves one of her two picks. “I want to give Juli a reason to pick me. I’d like to make it on my own and that would be playing well these next couple majors we have.”

As is always the case with Lewis, she is all about doing the right thing. Her activism helped create the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, helped change the maternity leave policy of both the LPGA and the USGA and opened the eyes of endorsement partners of female athletes about honoring contracts during maternity leave.

“I don’t want her to pick me if I’m not playing well because I want what’s best for the team,” says Lewis, who has played in four consecutive Solheim Cups. “I want the girls to go over there and win whether I’m on the team or not. I want what’s best for the team. If I’m playing well, I want to be there.”

Lewis has showed flashes of her old form this year, finishing in the top 12 four times. She’s played well enough to be on Inkster’s mind. But Stacy has always liked to handle things herself. This just might be a week in which Mom has some more magic to thrill the sports world and completes a circle of life.