Commentary: Golfer Stacy Lewis posts a career win
It's Labor Day but the work is just beginning for the people of Houston and the Gulf region following Hurricane Harvey's display.
While the fun and games went on elsewhere, the Houston teams adjusted. The Astros had a series moved to St. Petersburg, Florida finally getting back home to play the Mets. Texas A&M, whose campus is only 100 miles away was on the national football stage last night. The Texans were affected too. Their home preseason match-up with the Cowboys on Thursday was moved to Dallas then cancelled so they could get back to their families.
Meantime, Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt is using social media and his name for something other than reeling in a soup commercial. He's helping raise millions of dollars and he's to be applauded for the effort.
You're probably familiar with the Astros and Watt, but you've likely never heard of Stacy Lewis, a 32-year professional golfer who grew up in The Woodlands, a suburb outside of Houston. This week the LPGA tour arrived in Portland, Oregon. And before the tournament Lewis, whose husband is the women's golf coach at the University of Houston and surprised her by showing up in Portland said she would donate her winnings to the Harvey relief effort.
Lewis is a talent on the tour, having won 11 times, but her last came three years ago. So after shooting a final round 3 under 69, the one-stroke victory netted her a $195,000 first-place check and karma that you simply don't question. You just go with it.
For some, normal won't return for years, if ever. Lewis was fortunate: She and her parents didn't have damage to their homes.
But she says the money will go a long way in helping many rebuild. And it's not just her check. Her sponsor, KPMG, matched it -- then Marathon Petroleum, another backer, jumped in pledging $1 million. Nearly a million and a half bucks were raised because she used her platform and a few clutch putts for something other than “look at me.” Everyone's looking at her now anyway.
She’d waited three years to get back to the top of a Sunday leaderboard and wouldn't you know this was the Sunday. The two-time major champion had gone 83 tournaments with 12 second place finishes.
The sports gods have a funny way of evening out the ledger because her 12th win is now her signature win.
Some 2,200 miles away from home, from the water, from the destruction Stacy Lewis showed us what it means to be a champion. This wasn’t a victory for just Houston. It was a win for everyone.
On this Labor Day holiday weekend, it turned out to be much more than a great final round of golf. In the end it became a labor of love.