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BOZICH | Lexington man shows PGA Championship qualities helping his wife

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Lewis Wallace of Lexington will work more than 80 hours on the Valhalla security force to help his wife battle colon cancer. Lewis Wallace of Lexington will work more than 80 hours on the Valhalla security force to help his wife battle colon cancer.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – You don't have to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy to win the PGA Championship. In fact, I found one champion on the Valhalla Golf Club course 30 minutes before Rory McIlroy, the leader, teed off for Sunday's final round – Lewis Wallace of Lexington.

After play concludes Sunday night, Wallace will drive home for the seventh time during the tournament. The last time Wallace checked his timecard he was on track to work 81 ½ hours for Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC) Security.

He's been parked outside the ninth fairway, near the TV satellite compound, an eager face regardless of the conditions. Wallace kept the gallery traffic flowing on the cart path – and made certain that folks without the proper credentials did not wander onto the television news sets.

For most of the week, he's been leaving the course after 8:30 p.m., driving home to Lexington, sleeping until 2 a.m., showering and then driving back to Louisville. At Valhalla, during a major championship, security never sleeps.

Why all the hours? Why all the hustle? Why keep going and going and going? Why no off day?

“My wife (Victoria) has colon cancer,” Wallace said. “She's a little scared about it. I'm doing everything I can to take care of her, so she doesn't have to worry.”

There's more. Wallace's son, Cameron, passed away last winter after suffering a seizure. He had three children. Family takes care of family.

On Sunday afternoon, after nearly an inch of rain fell at Valhalla, water flowed toward the area near Floyd's Fork where Wallace worked. His shoes were soaked. So were his dark socks – so soaked that the water aggravated the middle toenail on his left foot. Wallace simply pulled it off – and wrapped it in a napkin.

Did it hurt?

“Yes,” Wallace said. “But it's not like what my wife is dealing with.”

Wallace said he was one of those rare sports fans who cheers for Kentucky and Louisville. Golf? It's never really been his thing. But this week has changed that, too.

“I didn't really know that much about golf before I came out here, but I'm beginning to like it,” he said. “The people have been really nice. I'm glad I did this.”

Even after all the driving, all the hours, all the rain and all the standing?

“Sure,” he said, “if it helps me take care of my wife. When I get home tonight, she's going to make me a fish dinner and I'm going to get her some flowers.”

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