TOLEDO, Ohio – While his American Athletic Conference champion University of Houston Women’s Golf program still has a few months before its fall season begins, Head Coach Gerrod Chadwell will be busy on the course this week as a caddy for his wife, Stacy Lewis.
Lewis will compete at the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I with her husband of nearly two years carrying her bag. Chadwell and Lewis will be donating any caddy winnings he receives back into the program he created for the 2013-14 season.
“Stacy and I are super competitive in nature, so this will be fun for both of us,” Chadwell said. “I am going there to help her in any way that I can and then stay out of her way the rest of the time.”
This will be the final tournament in which Lewis will compete in 2018, as she is due to give birth to the couple’s first child – a daughter – in November. As he watched his wife compete in tournaments over the last few weeks in preparation for the Marathon Classic, Chadwell said he has even more respect and admiration for her.
“A couple of weeks ago, Stacy was cruising right along in Chicago with a heat index of 113 degrees. That’s hard enough by itself, and then you remember that she is carrying a child at the same time,” Chadwell said. “She is a lot tougher than I am… I can tell you that.”
Lewis’ regular caddy of more than 11 years, Travis Wilson, will be working for his aunt, Tammie Green-Parker, as she competes at the U.S. Women’s Senior Open in Wheaton, Ill., this week.
While Lewis is a native of The Woodlands, Texas, she was born in Toledo, Ohio, and will have plenty of family members and friends at the course this week to cheer her on.
Playing as a four-time All-American at Arkansas, Lewis began an award-winning professional career in 2008. She captured two major championships in the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship and the 2013 Women’s British Open and was ranked No. 1 in the Women’s World Golf rankings in 2013 and in 2014.
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