Although she came up short at the LPGA Tour's season finale, Palm Beach Gardens resident Stacy Lewis did enough to lock up the Vare Trophy for low scoring average.
Lewis finished in a tie for sixth at the CME Group Titleholders with rounds of 71, 73, 63, and 71. As a result, the Medalist member finished with an average of 69.484 strokes per round which was good enough for the low scoring average on the LPGA Tour in 2013. By winning the Vare Trophy, Lewis became the first American to win the award since Beth Daniel in 1994.
"As Americans, we hear about that all the time -- it's been 18 years or it's been 20 years or whatever it is," Lewis said. "I'm just glad to have that kind of checked off the list. We've got to get American golf on the map. That's been the goal and I'm just fortunate I've been playing good golf."
Lewis held off Norway's Suzann Pettersen for the award by two hundreths of a stroke. 2013 marked the first time in LPGA Tour history that three players finished with a sub-70 scoring average. Those three were Lewis, Pettersen (69.696), and Inbee Park (69.869).