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Stacy Lewis: Maternity Leave for LPGA Star to Be Paid by Sponsor

Stacy Lewis: Maternity Leave for LPGA Star to Be Paid by Sponsor
Stacy Lewis watches her tee shot on the eighth hole during the first round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on June 28, 2018, in Kildeer, Illinois. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images for KPMG)

By    |   Thursday, 28 June 2018 03:26 PM

LPGA star Stacy Lewis will be fully paid during her maternity leave by sponsor KPMG, she announced Wednesday.

Lewis, a two-time major champion and 12-time winner on the current LPGA tour, is due to give birth in November. It will be the first time a golfer is paid maternity leave by a sponsor.

“I think a lot of people were shocked to learn that that had never happened before,” Lewis said in a statement, CNN reported. “Players that were, that are moms and have kids, they thought it was the greatest thing ever, just because they had been in my position before and they know what that feels like.”

Many LPGA competitors had previously chosen to wait until retiring to have a family or chose to go without income during maternity leave.

Lewis shared the news about her contract in the hopes that more sponsors will follow suit and pay out contracted amounts during maternity leave.

“I didn’t necessarily want to put it out there, but the more I thought about it, I was like, this could bring about some change, and we need to get it out there,” Lewis continued, CNN reported. 

Lewis, 33, plans to go on maternity leave in July but first will play this week in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. In addition to her LPGA record, she nearly won the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.

“I hope it changes things. I hope it changes the way contracts are written more than anything,” Lewis said, according to Bleacher Report.

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LPGA star Stacy Lewis will be fully paid during her maternity leave by sponsor KPMG, she announced Wednesday in a first for the sport.
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