Inducted February 12, 2005
Paula Lewis was a three-year regular for the SMS women’s golf team and saw her numbers improve throughout the time she played for the Bears. A product of Eisenhower High in Lawton, Okla., where she was the medalist in her high school conference tournament as a senior, Lewis played for coach Gayle Runke at SMS. Lewis competed in 20 rounds for SMS during the 1989-90 season and had a number of top finishes. Her best individual overall showing was a tie for fifth place in the medalist competition at the Purdue University Tournament. In 1990-91, she played in 24 rounds for SMS and helped lead the Bears to a team title at the Missouri-Kansas City Tournament. In that meet, she and teammate Martha Forslund tied for fourth individually and the best placing for Lewis during the year was a tie for third at the Bradley University meet. In her senior season, Lewis was second on the squad in stroke average during the fall season. She finished the year first in scoring among the season-long regular, continuing the shooting improvement she had throughout her playing time at SMS. Lewis shot in the 70s six times in 23 rounds her last year with the Bears. She was the leading SMS shooter in the Holiday Hills Spring Classic and was fourth overall individually. She was the low SMS scorer in the SMS Spring Invitational, and tied for third overall. She led the Bears at the Purdue meet and was ninth overall, and was the SMS leader in the Gateway meet, again finishing ninth. Overall, SMS was second in the Holiday Hills event, third in the SMS Invitational, won the UMKC Classic and finished fourth in the league. Lewis was selected the top golfer when SMS women’s sports completed all-decade teams in 1992.