PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stacy Lewis took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Cambia Portland Classic in her bid make a big donation to hurricane relief in her hometown and end a long winless streak.
From The Woodlands in the Houston area, Lewis has pledged to give her earnings – first place is worth $195,000 – to the relief efforts. The 11-time LPGA Tour champion also is trying to win for the first time since June 2014.
Tied for the second-round lead with two-time defending champion Brooke Henderson and In Gee Chun, Lewis had eight birdies in a 7-under 65 to reach 17 under at tree-lined Columbia Edgewater. She opened with rounds of 70 and 64.
Moriya Jutanugarn was second after a 66. Chun was another stroke back after a 69.
Henderson had a 74 to drop into a tie for 13th at 8 under. Ai Miyazato also was 8 under after a 72 in her final start in the United States. The Japanese star plans to retire after The Evian Championship in two weeks in France.