Valley golf great Lewis dies; Vindy story link

The Valley lost one of its Greatest Golfers this week with the passing of Bob Lewis — one of America’s most prolific Walker Cup players. Lewis was Warren-born and made a home for himself just off the No. 17 tee at Trumbull Country Club. He ran the family steel business. the last few years, he resided in Pepper Pike. Watch VIDEO below thanks to USGA. Read Golf Morning Read here about Lewis. Read Golf Digest story on Lewis. In The Vindy story published today: Lewis, who learned golf early in life from his mother, who had a 1-handicap and drove him around to tournaments, won the Ohio Amateur on his 24th birthday (July 12) in 1968 after playing collegiately at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. He turned professional and played on the PGA Tour from 1971 to 1974. Lewis decided to leave the pro ranks — “I just wasn’t a good enough putter,” he said in a story published by Global Golf Post — and returned to the amateur game. He also returned to Warren to help run the family business, Welded Tubes Inc., a steel tubing manufacturing company that his father had founded in 1958. After regaining his amateur status, Lewis won the Ohio Open again in 1978, and had success in the USGA, playing in 31 championships with three runner-up finishes. He played in the Masters seven times, earning low amateur status in 1987, and played in three U.S. Open championships. Read the full story here.