Stacy Lewis gave birth to her first child, a baby girl, on Thursday.
Lewis shared news of the arrival of Chesnee Lynn Chadwell on her Twitter account Sunday, with a photo of her daughter wrapped in a blanket and a bow-tied, baby head wrap. Lewis and her husband, Gerrod Chadwell, reside in Houston, where Chadwell is the women’s golf coach at the University of Houston.
Lewis, 33, has been on LPGA maternity leave since July 16, the day after finishing up the Marathon Classic, her last tour start of the year.
Lewis told GolfChannel.com late this summer that she was planning to return to the LPGA for the 2019 season opener at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on Jan. 17-20 at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. She’s hoping to make her return with her daughter accompanying her.
“Assuming everything goes OK, we will use that event as a test run, to kind of see how things go,” Lewis said in late August. “I would like to play, just to get that travel thing down, and get into a routine with the baby and then kind of figure out things as we go.
“I don’t know what to expect. I don’t know how it’s going to be. People have told me how it’s going to be, but, until you go through it, you don’t really know.”
Lewis, the former world No. 1 and two-time Rolex Player of the Year, has won 12 LPGA titles. She left for maternity leave saying she was eager to win again as a mother.
“I just want to show people and kind of prove to myself that you can have a family, have a career, be successful out here, and you can travel, sometimes travel all over the world,” Lewis said.
Lewis said she will have a special purpose raising a child on tour.
“I enjoy a challenge, and I guess I see this as a challenge, too,” Lewis said.
Lewis spoke this summer about wanting to empower her daughter.
“Show my little girl, to see that she can do whatever she wants,” Lewis said. “Hopefully, if she wants to play golf, she can play more now, and hopefully sees that she can go out there and do the same thing. She may not ever remember it, but just for her to know that she’s part of it with me.”