Lewis inks NLI with UMO

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University of Mount Olive head golf coach Chip Spiron is starting to develop a pipeline of recruits from Rosewood High School.

First, there was Nick Adams.

Then along came Lindsey Burton.

Next is Lexi Lewis who signed a national letter-of-intent with UMO last week.

“A good D2 program that’s known for having some great golfers, I think it’s a good choice to fit her, good step for her,” said RHS head coach Shay Campbell. “I like the fact she’s comfortable with the courses she’s going to be practicing on, qualifying on and what they’ll be playing on for their home matches.

“It’s going to be to her advantage.”

Like Adams and Burton before her, Lewis is a highly-decorated golfer. She’s a four-time regional qualifier and has advanced to the state tournament on three occasions. The diminutive linkster is also the reigning Wayne County Golf Amateur women’s division champion.

“I mainly played [the amateur] to have fun, didn’t really put too much pressure on myself and I think that’s why I did as good as I did,” Lewis said. “I wasn’t really worried about how I looked or how I performed. I just went out there and had fun.”

Grateful for the opportunity to join the Trojans’ highly-respected program, Lewis spends her free time fine-tuning every aspect of her game.

If she’s not on the range working on her putting, she’s in the gym for basic strength training work. Lewis is aware she needs to increase her swing speed and get longer distances on her wood and iron shots from the tee and fairway.

Mentally, she’s taught herself how to focus.

“I’ve kind of been able to put the blinders on,” said Lewis, who suffers from cystic fibrosis and plans to study nursing at UMO.

“It’s taken a long time to practice, but I think I’ve kind of gotten the hang of it.”

UMO is coming off an impressive spring season.

The Trojans claimed team championships at the Cobra Invite and Barton

Intercollegiate. They finished runners-up in the season-ending Conference Carolinas tournament, their best showing with Spiron as head coach.

Emma Leclerq and Johanna Anderson combined to win three individual titles. Leclerq emerged as the Conference Carolinas champion.

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