Shawnee's Kurstyn Mills earns Kyle Lewis Memorial Scholarship
Mills becomes first female to be honored. Ardmore's Jacob Oaks also honored.
CATOOSA — Kurstyn Mills of Shawnee barely knew Bethel golfer Kyle Lewis personally, but she knew Lewis' story all too well.
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The high schools of Shawnee and Bethel are only a few miles apart, and the two communities are virtually interwoven.
Two years ago Thursday, Lewis died in a single-car accident while driving back to Bethel Acres after playing in the All-State Golf Tournament in Tulsa.
“I didn't know him well, but I knew he was an unbelievable golfer,” Mills said. “It was such a terrible thing that happened to a great guy.”
On Monday, the Oklahoma Golf Coaches Association gave out the Kyle Lewis Memorial Scholarships, and Mills was the female recipient. This was the second year for the scholarships, which were given out after the All-State Tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club.
Mills and Ardmore's Jacob Oaks were each given $250 scholarships from the OGCA, along with a crystal trophy.
“It's a complete honor,” Oaks said. “I had seen Kyle on the course, but never had the pleasure to meet him. I've heard a lot of good things about him, and this means a lot. I'm honored and blessed to receive it.”