Friends, Bethel community struggling with golfer Kyle Lewis' death

By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, swright@opubco.com Modified: July 29, 2010 at 9:39 am •  Published: July 27, 2010
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Last week, Crouch served as Lewis' caddy for a U.S. Amateur qualifying tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. After that, Lewis went to Hot Springs, Ark., where he spent a few days relaxing and golfing with his grandfather.

In Monday's tournament, Lewis was grouped with friend Deer Creek's Ian Davis, who made a hole-in-one. The two had become friends through swing coach Steve Ball and through meetings on the junior circuit.

"I was already home when Zach Tucker from Putnam City North called me and told me about the accident," Davis said. "I didn't know what to think. I didn't believe it at first."

The tragic news followed an enjoyable two days in Tulsa for Davis and Lewis.

"We roomed together in the dorms (at Oral Roberts) before the tournament," Davis said. "He helped me with my fantasy football league picks. We just hung out and had a lot of fun.

"Kyle signed my hole-in-one sheet as a witness. That was the last time I talked to him. That sheet has a different meaning now."

Lewis' absence will leave a gaping hole in the lives of those who knew him.

"I've been at Bethel for 25 years and watched Kyle grow up," Johnson said. "I've known his parents for years. I know how great a kid he was. There was no limit to what he could've accomplished in life."

Added Crouch: "I don't know how some of us will get by. We will, because we have to. Life will go on, but it won't go on the same."