Inclusion, diversity efforts at forefront of Maria Fassi’s LPGA career

A third-area complete at the LPGA’s Dow Fantastic Lakes Bay Invitational in Michigan Saturday earned younger star Maria Fassi and her veteran playing spouse Stacy Lewis a  $187,385 paycheck to split in the 72-hole staff stroke play celebration.

Considering that going through knee surgical treatment in 2021, Fassi has been having difficulties to regularly return to her winning variety. In planning for Dow, Fassi utilized an off-7 days on the LPGA Tour to enter the Epson Tour’s Twin Bridges Championship at Pinehaven in Guilderland.

Fassi turned pro in 2019 and has attained $606,049 on the LPGA tour. The very embellished NCAA star from Mexico played her collegiate golf at Arkansas, winning 11 person titles, which include the 2019 SEC Championship and the 2019 NCAA Championship. Fassi also became the initial person to gain the Annika award in again-to-back again seasons. The Annika Award is given to the most remarkable woman collegiate golfer of the yr voted on by peers, coaches and associates of golf media.

She acquired countrywide consideration when she placed second at the inaugural Women’s Beginner Championship in 2019 at Augusta. 

“I really have faith in my planning,” Fassi advised me following her remaining round at Pinehaven.

She naturally manufactured the correct get in touch with coming to Albany. 

She finished the Epson occasion tied for 28th, conquering a rough very first day with two reliable rounds to end 76-69-71 (216). 

“I assume the much more I can just preserve providing myself alternatives and tests myself and seeing where my sport is, I’m likely to proceed finding out,” she said. “There’s often normally a little something to work on. Which is the attractiveness of this match.”

Fassi arrived to the Epson Tour at Pinehaven after hearing about the celebration from her close friends both of those on the Epson and LPGA excursions.

“It was pretty considerably of a no-brainer for me. I had heard that the program was remarkable. Other gamers on the tour who have performed here and some of my friends listed here on the Epson Tour reported in earlier yrs that they seriously appreciated the study course and it was going to be a very good exam of golf and it truly was. I truly had a very good time this 7 days,” she reported.

She was fired up to participate in in the Dow partners party with fellow Arkansas Razorback Stacy Lewis, who has been 1 of her mentors on tour. As mentors go, you simply cannot get much greater than Lewis, who was named the 2023 U.S. Solheim Cup captain. The duo’s closing spherical of 20-under, immediately after an 11-birdie 59 Saturday, launched the duo into solo third location. They added their names to the Dow Wonderful Lakes Bay Invitational file textbooks with the fifth sub-60 round in tournament history. 

It was a active week for Fassi, who is sponsored by Dow. As a Dow golfing ambassador, she heads up the company’s inclusion and variety programs. On Tuesday she was portion of a free of charge clinic that gave 120 young children an introduction to the activity of golf. 

“We perform to make absolutely sure that people today have the equal prospect to be out below and compete,” she said. 

Her eponymous basis at, also reflects those values. She hosted the winner of the foundation’s Fassi’s Good friends essay contest — a youthful female named Mia — through a 7 days-very long all-expenditure-paid trip to the Dow event with her father.

“I’ve generally felt the need to have not only in golfing, but in everyday living, to be a very good man or woman, be a good human and depart a area far better than you located it,” she mentioned. “Golf is giving me a platform to be equipped to do that and assist individuals. I began my foundation final year and we help young ones with distinctive requirements and underprivileged little ones have an option to arrive out and play golfing and learn how to really like the video game that I have beloved my entire everyday living.”

“So I assume it’s form of always been in me and all over again, I feel I’m really blessed with my sponsors and the individuals about me since they all have comparable values to me and I just use that to keep leaving a mark and creating a legacy for the potential,” she stated.

A different way she leaves a mark is in collaboration with clothing designer Tzu Tzu Sport.

Her colourful outfits make her simple to place on the golf system. 

“It’s an American female-owned business and everything is manufactured in this article in the U.S.,” she mentioned. “So it is incredibly distinctive and I like to seem a little bit various than everyone else on the course and they keep me looking superior, they hold me sharp,” she mentioned. 

Remain sharp, Maria Fassi, in all you do. 

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