Stacy Lewis is a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour — all since the start of the 2011 season — and recently was ranked No. 1 in the world, until Inbee Park knocked her down to No. 2. Park also has something that Lewis desperately craves: A US Women’s Open trophy.
Lewis tied for third at this tournament in 2008, a year after missing the cut in her US Women’s Open debut. It’s her best finish in the national championship, leaving a gaping hole in her résumé.
“This is the tournament you want to win. This is the trophy you want to have,” Lewis said. “It’s definitely been my nemesis the last few years. I think the emotional side of it, I haven’t handled very well.”
To that end, she observed how calm Justin Rose remained when he won the US Open at Merion two weeks ago. She’s hoping to follow a similar approach beginning Thursday.
“He got excited when he made a birdie, but he didn’t get too excited. When he made a bogey, he didn’t get too upset,” Lewis said. “I think it’s how level you can stay all week and how patient you can be.”
Paula Creamer wasn’t convinced the e-mail request was legitimate, but once it was verified, she jumped at the opportunity to have Tom Doak follow her around for parts of her US Women’s Open practice rounds this week. Doak designed Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., with Jack Nicklaus, and Creamer enjoyed the opportunity to go straight to the source if she had any course questions. “I couldn’t say thank you enough, having the architect come out there and walk with you and see you hit shots and just pick his brain,” Creamer said. “He’s one of the nicest gentlemen I think I’ve ever met, very humble in what he has done. When I asked a question, he was right there. I definitely appreciate him taking the time to come out there and walk with me.” . . . Alison Walshe of Westford is the only Bay State product playing in the US Women’s Open. Walshe has played in the last five Women’s Opens (making three cuts), and has a tie for 17th this year in 12 tournaments, her best finish this year on the LPGA Tour . . . Looking for a nice historical summer golf read? No better week to plug the latest work from local author Gary Larrabee. His newest, “Sensation at Salem,” chronicles the 1954 US Women’s Open, which was won heroically by Babe Zaharias, who was battling colon cancer at the time. The book is available at a number of North Shore golf shops and practice facilities, and also on Amazon.com . . . The USGA announced Wednesday that the 2016 US Women’s Open will be held at CordeValle, in San Martin, Calif. Prior to that, the event will be held at Pinehurst next year and at Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club in 2015.
Three Massachusetts players and one from Rhode Island grabbed the four available spots into this year’s US Junior Amateur at a local qualifier Wednesday. Patrick Welch of Providence shot 74-66 to take medalist honors at Thorny Lea Golf Club. Also advancing were Dan Woodbury (72-69) of Upton, Jake Shuman (73-71) of Needham, and Paul Lei (76-70) of Middleton . . . Kirk Hanefeld of Acton and Jeffrey Martin of Warwick, R.I., will play in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in August, earning two of the 20 spots available Wednesday at the PGA Professional National Championship in Sunriver, Ore. Hanefeld, the director of instruction at the Renaissance in Haverhill, will be playing in another PGA at the age of 57. Martin is the head professional at Norton Country Club . . . Herbie Aikens of Kingston won the suspended playoff for the second and final qualifying spot into the US Amateur Public Links, which will be July 15-20 at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Va. Aikens, along with Joseph Frew of Boston and Dave McNally of Brooklyn, Conn., all shot 7-over 151 in the qualifier at Maplegate Country Club, five shots behind medalist Nick Pandelena of Atkinson, N.H. But darkness suspended the playoff, forcing the three to come back on a different day to determine the second qualifier . . . Andrew Morse of West Roxbury survived a playoff to earn the last of two qualifying spots for next month’s US Senior Open. Morse shot 73 at the Kittansett Club, two shots behind medalist Mark Costaregni of Miami Beach, then outlasted a pair of local amateurs — Don Reycroft of Norfolk, and Brian Secia of Nantucket — in the playoff. Morse and Costaregni advanced to the US Senior Open, July 11-14 at Omaha Country Club.
Zimmerman a winner
Winners at the Massachusetts Golf Association Member Day event at Meadow Brook Golf Club in Reading included Andy Zimmerman of Sudbury (men’s gross), Nathan Liskov of Waltham (men’s net), and Seay Anne Sheley of Reading (women’s net) . . . Mike Landry of North Attleboro shot a 78 at Red Tail Golf Club to win low gross at a Tour of Greater Boston event. Liskov took home low net . . . The Honda North Junior Golf Tour will hold its first tournament July 8 at Ipswich Country Club. For more information, visit www.HondaNorthJuniorGolfTour.com . . . The American Junior Golf Association once again will hold a tournament at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead. A field of 96 players is expected in the AJGA Junior at Tedesco, a 54-hole event July 16-18 . . . The two-day event benefiting the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, which included a tournament at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, raised $160,000.