1960 - 2019
Husband, Father, Grandfather,
PGA TOUR Professional,
Class “A” PGA of America Professional,
Instructor, and Author
J.L. Lewis to be inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame, Fall 2020
The Kansas Golf Foundation has selected J.L. Lewis for induction into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame, Class of 2020. J.L., born and raised in Emporia, Kansas, will join 44 men and women previously honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the game of golf. Read more on the foundation website.
Two-time PGA Tour Champion, J.L. Lewis passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on December 31, 2019, after a nine-year battle with multiple myeloma cancer. J.L. was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather and will be deeply missed. Born on July 18, 1960, in Emporia, Kansas, J.L. is survived by his wife, Dawn, his daughter, Sherry Lewis-Ramirez, his son, Cole Lewis, and his grandchildren, Lily and Banyan Lewis-Ramirez, newborn Paxton Lewis, his father John Lewis, sister Beth Paladino, niece Paige Paladino, and her children Eli and Everett Zare.
J.L. was an outstanding golfer who was a member of the PGA TOUR for fifteen years and the PGA Tour Champions for two years. His two PGA Tour wins were at the 1999 John Deere Classic and 2003 84 Lumber Classic. His achievements also include a decisive international win at the Honda Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he won by eight strokes. In addition to competing on the PGA TOUR, J.L. was a lifetime member of the PGA of America and epitomized the essence of a PGA golf professional. He was widely recognized by fellow golf professionals and the media as a "pro's pro." He was an individual who focused on improving the game of golf and was an avid supporter of The First Tee of America and their core values. After he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and was unable to compete professionally, he dedicated his time to sharing his love of the game with others. For the past nine years, while J.L. battled cancer, he focused on teaching golf in his local community to make a difference in the lives of golfers of all ages.
In the past 52 years I’ve been playing or teaching golf to players of all levels and ages. What I love the most about teaching is that I’m always learning. Every day something new emerges in terms of how to make the improvement easier for the student. I’ve won at the highest level, so I can relate when someone says they are nervous or flustered by certain situations. Because of this, I make a huge effort to shorten the learning curve for students. Helping the student know their best swing is the number one priority to simplify things so they can think less about their swing, and more about where they want their ball to go. This is the essence of golf.
Written by J.L. in the final month of his life
GOLF TIPS FROM THE TOUR
TOUR PROVEN SECRETS REVEALED
By J.L. Lewis, PGA Professional
The POCKET PRO is truly unique. It is the same size as a yardage book and provides you with helpful golf tips from the time you arrive at the course, beginning with how to properly warm up, all the way to the last shot of the day.
Each of the more than 130 tour-tested tips is presented in a bite size format for easy comprehension and recall during practice and play.
The perfect companion for anyone who wants to improve their golf game.
I began writing golf tips for our son, Cole, to help him improve his golf game in May of 2008, by June there were over 800 tips. My thinking during this process was that I have a lot of experience in competition and I should pass that experience on...
J. L. Lewis