Lewis tracks down clubs in wild ride ahead of Women’s British Open

TURNBERRY, Scotland – Stacy Lewis hadn’t played a single hole at Trump Turberry, yet had a doozie of a story to tell. Her golf clubs didn’t make it from London to Glasgow (nothing new there), and she’d been on the phone with British Airways most of Monday afternoon.

Call back in 24 hours, they said, and they’ll know more.

“Well, that’s not going to work,” said Lewis, a leading contender at this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open.

It just so happened that Monday afternoon Lewis’ caddie, Travis Wilson, was hanging out with Laura Davies and another caddie, Mick Seaborn, whose childhood friend was the head of Terminal 5 baggage area for British Airways.

Davies had been saved by Seaborn’s friend before, and had his number stored in her phone. A quick call to a different kind of bagman and the wheels were in motion. Seaborn’s friend went out to the runway where literally hundreds of bags were piled up, and found Lewis’ golf clubs.

He then took them over to the last flight out to Glasgow that night and put them on the plane.

But the story, of course, didn’t end there.

Lewis’ clubs made it to Glasgow, but wouldn’t be delivered to her until 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Well, that wasn’t going to work either.

So at 9:30 p.m., Lewis and and Wilson hopped in a rental car and headed back to the airport. Wilson, uncomfortable with driving on the other side of the road, asked his boss to come along to help navigate. Five miles out, they hit a curb and got a flat tire.

“As soon as we pulled over, I said ‘There’s nobody else I would rather be stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire,’ ” Lewis said.

“He’s pretty handy and can fix anything.”

Lewis let Wilson be the one who got his hands dirty and offered up her phone as a flashlight.

Forty-five minutes later they got their prize, making it back to Turnberry around 12:30 Tuesday morning.

“The amount of travel, it’s bound to happen,” said Lewis of lost baggage.

“But mentally, just having those clubs last night, I mean, I slept a lot better just knowing that I could play today and not have to worry about it.”

Lewis, winless so far in 2015, comes to the Women’s British Open ranked No. 1 in putting, No. 2 on the money list, No. 2 in scoring and No. 2 in birdies. She’s had six top-three finishes so far in 2015 but has yet to hoist a trophy.

“I definitely feel like I’m due,” she said. “I feel like I’m playing better golf now than I was at the beginning of the year, even when I was having some pretty good results. I think the good part about where I’m at is I’m second in a lot of those categories, and then you win a major you’re going to jump up there pretty close I think to Inbee and most of them.”

Wilson walked Trump Turnberry on Sunday and called it a “thinking person’s course.” That bodes well for brainy Lewis, who won the 2013 edition of this championship around the Old Course in dramatic fashion, with birdies on the last two holes of a double-round Sunday.

Another element on Lewis’ side: the forecast.

“I like that the weather is going to be nasty all week,” said Lewis. “I think it’s really going to separate the field.”

Seaborn’s luggage chief told Lewis it would’ve been at least two days before they even touched most of those bags at Heathrow.

Lady Luck smiled down early on Lewis in Scotland.

Perhaps she’ll stay with her for the rest of the week.

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