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At the 2013 U.S. Women's Open, Stacy joined 'Blue for Books'; the firm's nationwide charitable initiative created to put thousands of books into the hands of children in need, through the sale of KPMG blue golf hats, just like the KPMG hat that Lewis wears on the LPGA Tour.
The 'Blue for Books' initiative, launched with Phil Mickelson in March 2012, was created to bolster the overall efforts and raise awareness of KPMG's Family for Literacy (KFFL) program. Lewis now joins Mickelson as an active supporter of KFFL. She wore the new KPMG blue hat for the first time during the U.S. Women's Open held at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, NY.
"We are proud to have Stacy Lewis join our KFFL program to help us impact the lives of more children," said John Veihmeyer, Chairman and CEO of KPMG LLP, the U.S. Audit, Tax and Advisory firm. "It's our mission to improve childhood literacy in America by providing access to new books."
"Some neighborhoods in America only have one book for every 300 children," continued Veihmeyer. "'Stacy's Blue Hat' will work to help reverse these numbers."
Lewis adds, "I am excited to support KPMG's Family for Literacy efforts by wearing my new Blue Hat and I hope my fans will do the same. I think every professional athlete is put in a position to help others and giving kids a better shot at success in life through literacy is something that I'm passionate about."
The authentic blue golf hats that Lewis wears in competition are now available to the public on StacysBlueHat.com. The hats are sold for $21.95 each, with 100% of the net proceeds ($7.50) from each sale going to childhood literacy non-profit organization First Book to purchase three new books for children from low-income families.
This year marks the 5-year anniversary of KPMG's Family for Literacy; a program led by Beth Veihmeyer and Debbie Ozanus, the spouses of the firm's Chairman and Deputy Chairman and designed to engage the extended KPMG family of spouses and family members. Since 2008, KPMG has delivered more than two million new books to children across the country, in cooperation with First Book, an award winning non-profit. In addition to raising money for KFFL, these volunteers visit classrooms, read to children, and deliver new books to low-income communities; in many cases, these are the first books their families have ever owned.
Lefty to compete in event for first time since 1992
Phil Mickelson begins his Masters tune-up this week at the Valero Texas Open, competing in the tournament for the first time since 1992. Playing at TPC San Antonio means Lefty will take part in the full Texas swing ahead of Augusta, having already committed to next week’s Shell Houston Open.
A victory would complete the career “Texas Slam” for Phil, who has four career victories in the Lone Star state, including the HP Byron Nelson Championship in 1996, the Crowne Plaza Invitational in 2000 and 2008, and the Shell Houston Open in 2011.
Lefty reminisces on his first Masters victory in 2004
Ten years ago this week, Ernie Els was leading by a stroke on Sunday when I got to the 12th tee and pulled my 8-iron. The pin was in a tough spot, so in that situation I had to take a pretty aggressive line. It worked out, though. I hit it to 12 feet and sank the birdie putt for a share of the lead.
It was back and forth after that: Ernie eagled 13; I birdied it. I birdied 14 to tie. Ernie birdied 15. On 16, I went with my 8-iron and made a 15-foot birdie to tie again. When we came to the 18th needing birdie, Bones handed me the 8-iron again. He said later, "You hit the longest 8-iron of your life, about 195 yards." My winning birdie putt went in on 18. The 8-iron went into a frame in the Augusta National clubhouse, where it remains today.
With her performance at the 2013 CME Group Titleholders, Stacy Lewis clinched the LPGA’s season-long scoring title. Lewis finished the season with a career-best scoring average of 69.484 per round and will be awarded the historic Vare Trophy, making her the first American to win the award in 19 years. To achieve this remarkable scoring average, Stacy hit a total of 6462 strokes across 93 rounds in 25 LPGA Tour events.
The award caps another milestone season for Stacy Lewis where she won three times on the LPGA Tour including her second career major, the 2013 RICOH Women’s British Open. With her victory at the R.R. Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in March, Stacy became just the second–ever American to achieve #1 in the Rolex World Rankings.
Stacy finished 2013 with an LPGA-best 19 Top-10 finishes and also led the Tour in Birdies (422), Rounds Under Par (71), and Rounds in the 60s (49).
Stacy narrowly beat out World No. 1 Inbee Park (69.869) and World No. 2 Suzanne Petersen (69.702) in this year’s race and her 69.484 scoring average stands in history as the lowest since Lorena Ochoa’s 69.236 in 2006.
In 2013, Stacy Lewis held strong in the final round to win the HSBC Women’s Champions golf tournament in Singapore. It was her sixth career LPGA victory, her first of 2013 and first since she began wearing a KPMG cap in tournament play.
Lewis shot a 1-under 71 in the final round to finish at 15-under 273, one stroke ahead of South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi.
“The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I’m not going to lie,” the Associated Press quoted Lewis as saying. “I just played hard and put my head down and tried to make as many putts as I could and fortunately I came away with the win.”
Lewis has picked up right where she left off in the 2013 season. In her first three tournaments in 2014, she has recorded three top-10’s, extending her current streak to 14 consecutive top-10 finishes dating back to June of last year.
The last time Stacy Lewis visited historic St. Andrews, she led the United States team to a 2008 Curtis Cup victory and went a record 5-0. After a marathon Sunday that featured 36-holes and blustery conditions, she once again tamed the Old Course, and won the 2013 Ricoh Women’s British Open in dramatic fashion.
After falling three-strokes off the lead, Stacy closed the tournament with back-to-back birdies on the 17 and 18th holes. Her second shot on the 17th hole, known as the “Road Hole” and among the most iconic and challenging holes in all of professional golf, settled to within three-feet of the hole. Stacy called the 5-iron “the best shot I’ve ever hit, for sure!” She summed up her feelings on her victory in this way: “We’re at the home of golf. To end birdie-birdie is amazing. It’s been a perfect day.”
With the win Stacy claims her first British Open, the second major of her career, and ends a drought of Americans winning a major championship that stretches back to 2011 when Stacy won the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
To celebrate this inspiring achievement—and help inspire the next generation—KPMG's Family for Literacy is donating 5,000 new books and refurbishing a library in the Denver Public Schools in Colorado.
And we invite you to join us. Make a donation directly to First Book to help in the fight against illiteracy. Inspire a lifetime love of reading!
Lefty captures his fifth career major and first Claret Jug
Phil Mickelson won the 2013 British Open in historic fashion by shooting his best-ever final round score during a major championship - a nearly flawless 5-under-par 66. The victory marks his fifth career major win, and his first since the 2010 Masters.
Starting the day five strokes back of third-round leader Lee Westwood, Phil surged past the field with four birdies in the final six holes. Calling it "the most fulfilling moment of his career," it was Phil's 20th career start at The Open, tying 2011 champion Darren Clarke for most starts prior to winning the revered Claret Jug. His five major wins also ties him with fellow Hall-of-Famers Byron Nelson and Seve Ballesteros for 13th all time.
To celebrate Phil's inspiring performance—and help inspire the next generation—we're donating 5,000 new books and refurbishing the library at Rio Vista Elementary in Anaheim, Calif. through KPMG's Family for Literacy.
And we invite you to join us. You can buy Phil's Blue Hat and KPMG will donate 100% of the net proceeds so that 3 new books can be given to children in need. Or make a donation directly to First Book to help in the fight against illiteracy. Inspire a lifetime love of reading!