Golf fits Lewis to a tee

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

CALGARY - Saskatchewan Roughriders supporters haven’t had a lot of reason to smile this summer.

Nik Lewis was hoping to help out a handful of melonheads during the Calgary Stampeders’ annual golf tournament at the Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club.

The Stamps’ star slotback was grouped with four females, each sporting a white Roughriders visor, for Monday’s fundraising event.

“We’re going to win. Me and the four girls are going to win this thing,” Lewis grinned.

“Do I get to tee off from the ladies’ tee? That’s the question of the day.”

Make no mistake, the broad-shouldered receiver can hold his own from the men’s blocks.

The 29-year-old didn’t spend any time on the fairways and greens until about five years ago, when he represented the Stamps at a tournament at the Links of Glen-Eagles. After that, Lewis began teeing it up on a regular basis with former teammates Jeremaine Copeland, Wes Lysack and Brett Ralph.

“Cope was like, ‘You’re going to want to be good at this one day,’ so I started taking it more serious,” Lewis said. “I always thought, ‘Why would anybody go outside for four hours when you can go play video games and relax and chill and have fun?’ But I’m hooked now.”

Lewis often golfs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area during his gridiron off-season, but estimates he’s only played three or four rounds since returning to Calgary for his eighth campaign with the Stamps.

Prior to Monday’s team tournament, which featured about 15 current Stamps players, plus several coaches and alumni members, Lewis told reporters he tries to approach both sports with a similar mentality.

“You’ve gotta let stuff go. If you hit a bad shot in golf, you can’t focus on that shot. You’ve gotta be able to recover quick,” Lewis said. “So when something goes wrong on the football field, you just gotta go out and be ready to recover and keep playing. That’s something I’ve always tried to be good at, but golf helps you a little bit more, because golf is a very humbling sport. Everybody is good on some days and everybody is bad on some days, so it’s very humbling that way.”

The tough-as-nails slotback has humbled a few defensive backs in eight games so far this season.

Lewis is having another stellar campaign for the Red & White, having racked up 635 yards — the fourth-best total in the league — and celebrated two trips to the endzone.

During Saturday’s 38-31 victory over the Montreal Alouettes at McMahon Stadium, the all-star pass-catcher hit triple digits in receiving yards for the third time this season, making seven grabs for 121 yards.

Nonetheless, Lewis remains his own biggest critic, rarely satisfied despite what the stat-sheet shows at the end of each game. He takes the same attitude to the golf course.

“I always want to be better,” Lewis said. “I’ve shot under 80 once — I shot a 79 — and was just thinking about the three or four shots that I probably could have made to get down into the mid-70s. That’s just who I am.”


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