Lewis wins sectional turns pro

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former University of Arkansas golfer Stacy Lewis has had a big week. The Woodlands, Texas, native returned to her home state Monday taking part in a sectional qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open. It wasn’t the first time Lewis has participated in the qualifier but it was her first event as a professional golfer. Lewis turned pro after leading the United States to its sixth consecutive Curtis Cup title in Scotland the first week of June. She then shot a 142 winning the qualifier to earn her second trip to the U.S. Women’s Open. Lewis is now working on earning enough money in the six tour events that she has exemptions in to avoid LPGA qualifying school. The cutoff is near $90,000 or if she can rank in the top 90 on the LPGA money list, she will earn her tour card for 2009.