She also has an amazing backstory that Doug Ferguson has recounted in an AP story that thankfully will be picked up nationally at a time we need a break from panic attack propaganda.
Lewis's story is complicated, but essentially a pretty cool doctor named Gary Brock met her through an instructor whose services he enjoyed after winning a raffle. The doctor learned of Lewis' scoliosis, irregularly shaped spine and ensuing lack of flexibility.
Ferguson writes of Lewis' good fortune and determination to succeed:
The original plan was to insert two rods in her back. Brock suggested a single rod with five screws, which would allow her more flexibility and rotation for golf. It also meant going in from the side, breaking a rib and maneuvering around two major blood vessels.
''I remember he called my wife and I and said, `We need to do a different surgery,''' said Dale Lewis, her father. ''He said, `It's going to take twice as along. It's twice as risky. The recovery is twice as long. But she'll be so much more flexible.'''
Lewis took it from there.