LPGA: Stephanie Meadow Aims For The Top


Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, the young rookie who splashed big with a third place finish at the US Women’s Open a couple of weeks ago — her pro debut — has her sights set now on qualifying for the LPGA/LET co-sanctioned RICOH Women’s British Open, which will be played this year at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England, beginning Thursday, July 10.  She’s entered in the Final Qualifying at Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club on Monday July 7.

Scrambling to Qualify

Meadow is joined in the Southport & Ainsdale field by veteran Swede, Sophie Gustafson, who won the Championship at Royal Birkdale back in 2000 and who has finished runner-up on three other occasions between 1998 and 2006.

There are around 14 places up for grabs at Southport & Ainsdale and another favorite to progress is 2000 and 2002 Ladies British Amateur champion, Rebecca Hudson, who travels to the north west fresh from a third place finish behind Florentyna Parker and Holly Clyburn at the recent Italian Ladies Championship at Perugia.

In the Field at Royal Birkdale

World No. 1 Minjee Lee and No. 5, Su-Hyun Oh, both from from Australia, 2013 US Women’s Amateur champion and Meadow’s teammate at the University of Alabama Emma Talley and English world No. 20, Annabel Dimmock, are exempt from Final Qualifying.

The Pre-Qualifying event was won by Welsh former Solheim Cup player, Becky Brewerton, who carded a four under par 66 to finish one shot ahead of compatriot Amy Boulden, South Africa’s Nicole Garcia, Italy’s Sophie Sandolo, America’s Kim Welch and leading amateur, Essex county player Dulcie Sverdloff.

Two other amateurs, Hally Leadbetter, daughter of famous golf coach David, and reigning Irish Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play champion, Lucy Goddard, shared seventh place with Scotland’s Laura Murray and Veronika Falathova while Israeli, Laetitia Beck, the leading qualifier at last week’s Ladies British Open Amateur Championship, and English amateur, Bethany Garton, qualified in the group on one under par 71 alongside Caroline Martens, Karen Davies, Sarah Attwood, Henrietta Zuel and Lucy Williams.

The last of the qualifiers were Jane Turner, Hermione Fitzgerald, Smriti Mehra, Virginia Espejo-Saavedra and amateur trio Emma Goddard, Sarah-Jane Boyd and Sophie Madden who made it through on level par 70.

Defending Champion

World ranked No. 1, Stacy Lewis, is the defending champion at the RICOH Women’s British Open.  Lewis is coming in to the Open with three 2014 victories and ten additional top-10s, four of them runner-up finishes.

This year’s Championship marks the sixth time that Royal Birkdale has hosted the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Marta Figueras-Dotti claimed the coveted title the first time the Championship was staged there in 1982. Dame Laura Davies was the champion at Royal Birkdale in 1986 and she was followed into the club’s winners’ circle by Gustafson (2000), Korea’s Jeong Jang (2005) and Yani Tseng (2010).

American fans will be able to follow the Open through daily television coverage by ESPN, 9am-12 noon, ET.  My colleagues and I at ProGolfNow will also provide ongoing commentary and updates on the Open.

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  • a0199755

    Stephanie Meadow has all the tools and then some. She graduated cum laude with a degree in accounting/finance. Broke “all” the school records at the University of Alabama with all American honors. Took down the two best US collegiate players in singles from the last two Curtis Cup (Alison Lee and Amy Anderson). Has a very “pro” level scoring average. Cute and beautiful once she works off her “baby fat”. She works out in the gym and receives mental toughness training, just like the pros. Stephanie was Crimson Tides best player. She was just overshadowed by the “blonde” bombshells before her. I think she will do fine on the LPGA. I look forward to big things from her. I also expect big things from Emma Talley. Perhaps the sweetest player, off the course but a fierce competitor. Roll Tide!.

    • Elizabeth Bethel

      I, too, think about Stephanie Meadow and Emma Talley as something of a matched set, and look for some fine golf from both of them as they transition from the collegiate to the pro stage. The Crimson Tide has a marvelous golf program if these two young women are typical of their product.

  • http://www.progolfnow.com Eddie Garrison

    I’m very much looking forward to seeing the progression from Stephanie Meadow. She certainly passes the eye test on-course with all the skills needed to compete at the highest level.

    Women’s golf certainly has a bright future with young women like Meadow coming into their own and proving they belong amongst the world’s best female players.

    I’m sure their ratings have been seeing a spike as well. A lot of their recent events have come down to the wire and have been very compelling and some great play near the top of the leader boards.

    • Elizabeth Bethel

      Thanks, Eddie. I’m not certain what you mean by “passes the eye test” but I do know she can play a mean golf game — I watched her outplay Karrie Webb on Saturday at the US Women’s Open. She was cool as a cucumber through the entire round!

      • http://www.progolfnow.com Eddie Garrison

        Sorry, I should have defined that better … Eye test meaning her game looks great to the “eye”. She seems to have all the shots, etc.

        • Elizabeth Bethel

          She certainly seemed to have them all at Pinehurst, but maybe not some much this week at the Ladies European Masters. Let’s keep a close watch on her at the Women’s British Open, assuming she qualifies.

          • http://www.progolfnow.com Eddie Garrison

            Golf, as we well know is an up and down ride through a season. She very well may have something else on her mind or she is just feeling her way through the waters of being a young professional now.

            She’ll find her footing and the game that she has will come through. It’s a process.

          • Elizabeth Bethel

            I’d bet what’s on her mind right now is her Monday qualifier for the Women’s British Open!

        • Elizabeth Bethel

          I wonder where those shots have gone — she seems to be sallying along in the middle of the pack at the Ladies European Masters. Perhaps she has something else on her mind?