Stephanie Meadow was playing in the 2014 Curtis Cup when the call came, notifying her that she’d been advanced from an alternate to the field at the 2014 US Women’s Open! The new college grad had just about a week to get her head around the schedule shift, get her laundry done, and hustle from St. Louis Country Club to Pinehurst, NC.
Meadow’s from Northern Ireland and was a standout on the losing GB&I Team at the Curtis Cup, winning her singles match against Allison Lee, halving both her Friday and Saturday Foursomes matches, and winning her Saturday Four Ball. It was her warmup for her performance on Pinehurst No. 2.
Meadow’s star peeked up over the horizon on the golf scene in 2006 when she won the Irish Girls Close Championship, the most prestigious event in Ireland for her age group. She played her way through the junior and amateur golf circuit, putting nine individual titles on her resume over the next four years.
At the age of fourteen Meadow moved with her parents to the United States and attended the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy. From there she was recruited by the University of Alabama in 2010, where she made her mark on the Crimson Tide record books, anchoring the Tide’s 2013-14 women’s team and figuring prominently in the GB&I 2013 Curtis Cup victory.
The three-time All-American also found time to complete her degree requirements in accounting, a degree that’s probably going to serve her well.
Meadow turned pro the day before she teed off at the 2014 US Women’s Open, made the cut, played four stunning rounds of golf with the panache of veteran Karrie Webb, with whom she was paired on Saturday.
Meadow finished her final round with a crowd-pleasing birdie on the 72nd hole to claim solo 3rd place, one stroke over par, right behind world ranked number one Stacy Lewis and 2014 Open champion Michelle Wie, and collected her first paycheck, $271,373! (That’s about $3770 per hole.)
What’s next for Stephanie Meadow? She needs to get her visa sorted out before she can sign with an agent, roll the endorsements ball, and give us some more terrific golf shots.