Lewis takes part in World University Games in Italy

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas junior golfer Stacy Lewis begins her participation at the 11th World University Golf Championship in Torino, Italy, Tuesday. Lewis, a two-time all-Southeastern Conference and National Golf Coaches Association for Women All-American, is one of five women selected to play. She joins Sara Brown, Selanee Henderson, Angela Hill and Rene Skidmore on the roster. Lewis takes part in an individual competition followed by a 72-hole stroke play team competition. The top two individuals based on results will count for the team play classification. "It’s both an honor and a privillage for Stacy to be selected," said Arkansas head coach Kelley Hester. "It’s exciting for Stacy to get some more international experience. It’s another great opportunity for her and it’s great for the University as well." The Woodlands, Texas, native redshirted her first season at Arkansas after having back surgery as a senior in high school. Since that time, Lewis has rewritten the Arkansas record-books and continues to take the program to new heights. As a first-year player, Lewis became the first Lady Razorback to earn first-team all-conference honors. She was also the first to earn medalist honors at the SEC Championships guiding Arkansas to the program’s best finish – a third-place showing. Lewis helped Arkansas to its first NCAA Championship appearance that same year and earned all-America honors as the Lady’Backs tied for 11th. Her successes continued this year as she earned her second all-SEC and all-America honors while helping the Lady’Backs improve to 10th at the NCAA Championship. Lewis carded a final round 66 setting the course record at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State vaulting from 50th the day before to a ninth place finish. Her summer has been anything but quite as she played nearly every week. She became the first Lady’Back to compete in an LPGA event, the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, and reached the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships. Lewis spent most of the summer as the top-ranked amateur in the nation winning the U.S. Southern Amateur and finishing as the runner-up at the Western Amateur. She was a quarterfinals at the 106th North and South Women’s Amateur Championship. The Lady Razorbacks, along with Lewis, begin the 2006-07 season Sept. 15-17, at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Nashville, Tenn. For more information about Arkansas golf, log on to LADYBACKS.COM.