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Saturday 20 January 2018

Meadow fighting on in difficult season

26 June 2009; Ireland's Stephanie Meadow during the Ladies Irish Open Golf Championship. Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE *** Local Caption ***
26 June 2009; Ireland's Stephanie Meadow during the Ladies Irish Open Golf Championship. Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE *** Local Caption ***

William S Callahan

Stephanie Meadow is finding 2015 a tough year on and off the course. The 23-year-old from Jordanstown, Co Antrim, who caused a sensation last year by finishing third in the US Women's Open, her first professional tournament, lost her father, Robert, to cancer in May.

Meadow had already narrowly missed out on a full LPGA card by losing a play-off in the Qualifying School last December.

Her Tour status guarantees a number of starts but there's a world of difference between knowing you can play any week you want, and having to stand by as a reserve waiting for somebody to withdraw.

Meadow had to do that on a number of occasions this season without getting to play, and has understandably found difficulty in getting a run of form.

She missed the cut in the US Women's Open and the US Women's PGA championship, but qualified for the Ricoh Women's British Open at the Trump Turnberry Resort, and yesterday opened with a two-over-par 74.

A birdie two on the short sixth hole, and a four on the par-five 14th were the highlights but a bogey on the second and a triple-bogey seven on the eighth stalled her momentum.

South Korean teenager Hyo-Joo Kim fired in five birdies and an eagle en route to a seven-under-par 65 to lead by a shot from Lydia Ko and Cristie Kerr.

Former Ladies Irish Open winner Suzann Pettersen shot a 68.

Women's British Open, Live, BBC 2, 1.0

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