About J.L. Lewis

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About J.L. Lewis - Biography


John Lee "J.L." Lewis (born July 18, 1960) is an American professional golfer. He has won twice on the PGA TOUR: the John Deere Classic in 1999, and the 84 Lumber Classic in 2003; and one international victory, the 1999 Honda Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Lewis was born and raised in Emporia, Kansas. His parents, John and Donna Lewis, both taught in Emporia schools for thirty years. J.L.'s athletic ability was evident from an early age. He played Little League Baseball from 1967 to 1973, and was a winning pitcher with multiple no-hitters. Lewis began playing golf at the age of 7 at Emporia Country Club, where he won the ECC Men’s Club Championship twice before graduating from high school.  He lettered in football, basketball, and golf at Emporia High School. In 1978 he was named to the Kansas all-state high school basketball team, and was awarded a golf scholarship to Emporia State University.


After his sophomore year at Emporia State, Lewis transferred to Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University–San Marcos). While at Texas State, his team won the 1983 Division II golf championship, and he received First Team All American honors for finishing second individually. He graduated from Texas State with a bachelor of science in education with a major in Business Education and a minor in English. He was inducted into the Emporia High School Hall of Fame (2001) and the Texas State University Hall of Honor (2002).



In August 1982, Lewis married Dawn Marie Delavan, who grew up in Emporia, Kansas, and graduated from Emporia High School in 1978. Dawn's parents are Mary Jane Delavan, a registered nurse, and Philip Delavan, a former track and field coach at the University of Texas in Austin. Dawn, who played golf and participated in track and field and gymnastics, competed on the University of Texas gymnastics team beginning in the fall of 1978. She manages her husband's golf career and business operations.


J.L. and Dawn Lewis have two children, who were homeschooled by their parents while J.L. was on Tour. Cole Lewis is a Texas Realtor and a graduate from Texas State University with degree in Business Management. Cole competed on the Texas State University golf team for four years. Sherry Lewis is a graduate of Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Communication Studies and is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor.  Sherry is the Communications Director of J.L. Sports, LLC.



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July 18, 1960 (age 49)
Emporia, Kansas


6 ft 4 in (1.95 m)


American Flag United States


Texas State University


Austin, Texas


Dawn Marie Delavan Lewis


Cole Lewis, Sherry Lewis


Turned pro


Current tour


Professional wins

1999 John Deere Classic
2003 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania


1999 Honda Classic in Guadalajara, Mexico