Sponsor stands by expecting mom Lewis

By: Jeremy Muck
Published: Monday, July 2, 2018
NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Stacy Lewis, former Razorback and current professional golfer, speaks to the press Tuesday June 19, 2018 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.
Photo by J.T. Wampler
NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Stacy Lewis, former Razorback and current professional golfer, speaks to the press Tuesday June 19, 2018 at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

Former Arkansas Razorbacks golfer and LPGA star Stacy Lewis announced earlier this year that she was pregnant.

Lewis, who is due Nov. 3 with her first child, a girl, will have her entire contract this season fulfilled by her sponsor KPMG regardless of how many tournaments she plays.

This past weekend’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Kildeer, Ill., marked her 11th tournament of the 2018 season. She finished tied for 28th place at even par.

This week’s Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, will be Lewis’ final tournament of the season.

Chicago Tribune columnist Shannon Ryan said KPMG’s decision on Lewis’ contract was the correct one.

“For expectant moms in America, the announcement of starting a family is met with joy but often can be a source of stress when it comes to their careers and financial stability,” Ryan wrote.

“For professional golfers, who rely on sponsors for much of their income, becoming pregnant and playing in fewer tournaments alters a contract designed to pay according to how often she plays.

“KPMG and Lewis are setting a good example. And it should set a new standard for female athletes.”

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