Floridian Amelia Lewis is a girl on the move, starting her third year on the LPGA Tour and looking to the future. She picked up her first golf club at the age of ten, collected a string of junior and amateur wins, and briefly played collegiate golf at the University of Florida. Lewis launched her pro career in 2010, at the age of 19, joined the Symetra Tour in 2011, the LET in 2012, and qualified for the LPGA on her first attempt. True to form, the determined risk-taker is going to compete for one of the two open slots at the upcoming LPGA JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix at the Monday qualifier. When I asked her if that was a stressful situation she laughed and said, “of course.” Why should we even give it a second thought, I wondered.
In 2010, weeks after she turned pro, Lewis finished 2nd at the Alliance Bank Golf Classic on the LPGA Futures Tour and in 2011, her rookie year on the LPGA, she played in eight tournaments and with a season best tie for 29th at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.
On the Ladies European Tour Lewis played 14 events during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. She made 10 cuts, and finished in a tie for 15th at the 2012 Ladies Irish Open and a solo 2nd at the 2013 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open.
The going was a bit tougher on the LPGA during 2012 and 2013. She missed more cuts than she made, but she got some valuable experience when she played in the US Women’s Open, The RICOH Women’s British Open, and The Evian Championship. She eve got a round of golf with Inbee Park right in the middle of Park’s breath-taking, record-breaking winning streak last summer.
Here’s what Amelia Lewis took away from that opportunity:
Lewis has made a very good start to the 2014 season. She finished the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic in January just outside the top-10, in a tie for 13th place. Then she hooked into the LET/ALPG/LPGA co-sanctioned events in February, missing the cut at the New Zealand Women’s Open but turning right around and not only making the cut but recording very respectable finishes at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters (T45), the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open (T6), and the World Ladies Championship (11).
This could be the year Amelia Lewis takes off the training wheels. Good luck on that Monday qualifier!