LPGA veteran Stacy Lewis looks to win more titles and inspire next generation

LPGA Tour veteran Stacy Lewis is pursuing a title this week at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Stacy Lewis, 37, isn't slowing down anytime soon.

In her 14th year on the LPGA Tour, the two-time major champion and 13-time winner continues to etch her name in the history books while redefining what it means to have it all as a professional athlete.

At the start of 2022, the LPGA board of directors elected Lewis as player director alongside Ally Ewing. Shortly after, Lewis was named captain of Team USA for the 2023 Solheim Cup. Lewis will make history as the youngest American captain in Solheim Cup history, leading a team of the top 12 American golfers who will face off against Team Europe at Finca Cortesin in Spain in Sept. 2023.

Since her LPGA rookie season in 2009, Lewis dominated the leaderboards with multiple victories and consecutive weeks in the top 10 world rankings, including 25 weeks at No. 1. As her career reaches new heights, Lewis looks to claim another major title this week at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

Lewis talked to ESPN about how she continues to elevate her career, why it's important that the Championship be hosted at Congressional and how she balances it all.

This has been edited and condensed for clarity.

On the importance of women's majors being held at top-notch venues like Congressional:

The tournament means something suddenly. People know what Congressional is. People have seen the guys play there. They've seen how hard it is. When they see us play it, they're like, "Wow, these girls are pretty good." It just gives us credibility. To have access to these golf courses for a couple of weeks and shut things down so that we can come and play is a big deal.

On being named Solheim Cup captain while still playing on tour:

Life is busy. My phone doesn't stop. I'm on the LPGA Player Board as well now. But the response from the girls has been amazing, just to see them and how excited they are that I'm captain. The response that I've gotten from them, more than anything, that has me excited.

Most days, I'm researching and figuring things out, coming up with different ideas. I've got a couple of assistants on board now. We're working on clothes and bags now, and I got to design all that kind of stuff. And then I'll make a trip to Spain [host site of the 2023 Solheim Cup]. I'm going after the British Open [in early August] to get the lay of the land and meet with people to ensure we have everything we need. I've learned that whatever I want to do, that's what we're doing. You have to make a lot of decisions as a captain. If you're not a good decision-maker, it's not the job for you.

On balancing her playing career and everything in between:

In a way, my golf's gotten a bit simpler and a bit better because when I'm inside the ropes, I'm inside the ropes and that's all I'm doing. When I'm with my 3-year-old daughter Chesnee, I'm with her. And when I need to answer emails or make some phone calls, I'm going to do that. I can't do everything in a day. I'm a person that likes to check everything off of a list before I go to bed and I've had to be OK with saving things for another day.

On being a role model for the next generation of women's golfers:

I see it more now, especially with some of these younger girls. I know they're watching me. And I think of the little pod I had at Solheim last year. Seeing them interacting with Chesnee, she wants to color, dress up and do whatever. I just think it gives them so much perspective. We can, as golfers, get so caught up in the golf and making putts, and this isn't right, or I'm doing this wrong, or whatever it is. I think it's been important for them to see how I've balanced everything.

You can't just go be a golfer, you can't. Your career is going to be so short if that's all you have. I hope that these girls that are 23, 24 and seeing me doing this are like, "I could do that. I could have a kid and have a career out here. I can do that, too."

On the value of her support system:

When I got that call asking me to be Solheim captain, I was like, "I need to make two phone calls. Can I call you back?" And they said, "Yes." And I called my husband and I said, "I'm going to need your help. Are you on board for this?" And he said, "100%." And then I called my parents. And once they were done screaming, I said, "I am going to need your guys' help with Chesnee and life. Are you guys on board to help me?" And they replied, "Absolutely."

My mom has helped me the most. My husband has his job. And he helps when he is there. But my mom's the one. If I really needed something, she's able to kind of drop what she's doing and come help me. I'll continue to lean on her. But it's hard, you really have to find people that you trust.

On goals for the rest of the 2022 season:

I've been struggling the last few weeks with how I've been playing and I just want to make golf a little bit easier and get in contention. That's really the goal. And I'm only doing the British Open overseas, just because I want to be home. I don't want to be gone from Chesnee that long, but I'll play most events in the fall. And my goals on the golf course haven't changed. That never changes. I still think I can win golf tournaments. I still think I can play with the best of them.