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J.L. Lewis

1960 - 2019
Husband, Father, Grandfather,
PGA TOUR Professional,
Class “A” PGA of America Professional,
Instructor, and Author
Recent News:

The 2024 Cimarron Hills Pro-Am benefitting the J.L. Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund supporting PGA REACH Southern Texas will be held on April 5th! The morning tee times will include meals before and after the round fantastic tee gifts. Click here for the Morning Pro-Am Registration. The afternoon tee times will be for tournament  sponsors and will include special tee gifts and an invitation to a private dinner and concert featuring country music star Kenny Fowler!  Click here for Afternoon Sponsorship Pro-Am Registration. Click either link above to donate to this event or towards our efforts to raise money for the J.L. Lewis Memorial Scholarship. Thank you!

J.L. Lewis was inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame on August 28, 2021 

Many thanks to the Kansas Golf Foundation for honoring J.L.'s achievements and character! Click here to view the recording of the induction ceremony.


About JL

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. 

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J.L. Lewis


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

JL's Book

JL's Book


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

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