Stacy Lewis Managing Multiple Roles for a Major Championship at Baltusrol
Stacy Lewis has perfected the art of juggling. She manages her career on the LPGA Tour, traveling the world with her daughter in tow, while in the midst of preparing for the first of back-to-back stints as captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team. And as she arrives at the second major championship of the season she’ll add one more ball to her juggling routine - as KPMG Ambassador.
Lewis, who has long been sponsored by KPMG, was instrumental in bringing their partnership to the forefront in reinvigorating the former LPGA Championship. In her role as KPMG Ambassador she’s been involved in the tournament’s annual women’s summit and a fixture in the week’s sponsorship activities.
The two-time major champion front loaded her LPGA Tour schedule to give her the time she needs to prepare for the Solheim Cup in September. And as Lewis reaches the near midpoint of the season at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club, the captain is in observation mode as she’ll be keeping a watchful eye on the hopefuls who could soon be making her team.
“I'm watching every single week,” Lewis said. “I'm watching how the girls are -- watching their stats, who's kind of trending in the right direction, and then we're still doing a lot behind the scenes to make sure we're going the right direction.”
KPMG has been instrumental in ensuring that Lewis and her assistant captains are getting the information they need to make educated decisions about the makeup of the Solheim Cup team. The company is providing Lewis with a stats program, which gathers data every week to help players learn more about their own game. Through the partnership with KPMG, Lewis is able to request any stat she needs to help her learn about her prospective team members on a deeper level.
“We can break it down to the six months, 12 months, break down to the last month of how people are playing, to certain grasses, to -- I mean, I can break it down anything you can imagine basically,” Lewis said about KPMG’s stats program. “So just to have their support through that and just allows me to be able to make better decisions. Been really, really helpful.”
Lewis will be wading through all that data in addition to observing her potential team while also competing in the season’s second major championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. Lewis hasn't entirely ruled out the possibility of juggling yet another role, as playing captain, and a victory at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship would go a long way in making her own team as double points are available at the major championships. Lewis sits at No. 16 in the point standings through the Mizuho Americas Open.
“I wouldn't say it's not possible,” Lewis said about becoming a playing captain. “I think it's possible, but I hope there are 12 playing better than me, and our team is going to be in a really good spot if that's the case.”