Across the pond, IJGA alumni continue to make statements in their already impressive careers. The 2014 ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters was hosted at Buckinghamshire Golf Club July 3-6, 2014, and showcased the talents of IJGA alum, I.K. Kim, and IJGA Class of 2010 graduate, Stephanie Meadow. The four-day tournament featured huge comebacks by both players in challenging weather conditions.
In her fifth professional win, Kim began the tournament four strokes behind the leader after the first and second rounds, but answered with an impressive third round to match the course-record of 63 and move into the lead by four strokes. After birdies on No. 2 and No. 6, Kim came close to an ace on No.7, but had to settle for an 11-foot-putt to card her third birdie on the front-nine of the third round. Her back nine was even more impressive, highlighted by six birdies and a fight for par on No. 16 after an 8-iron draw around a tree. Kim’s flawless fourth round of 68 secured her victory, an impressive five strokes ahead of second place finisher, Nikki Campbell.
Kim found inspiration from her caddy, Gerald Adams, who had been hit by a ball during the Pro-Am on Wednesday which resulted in a bloody, broken nose.
“He inspired me in so many ways this week. He’s just so positive and such a good person to be around and I think that really relaxed me, being with the right person,” Kim said. “When there’s a situation that’s not too easy he just makes jokes out of it. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and he’s so kind.”
Coming off her newsworthy third place finish at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, Meadow recorded her a third-place finish in her second event as a professional. Meadow made headlines again as she finished the fourth round also matching the course record of 63 and climbing from 25th place to third. After the first round, she found herself within a large pack sitting six shots behind the leaders. Meadow continually improved her scores each day, carding an initial 73, followed by 71 and 70, respectively. Her faultless fourth round featured nine birdies and is recorded as her best round ever to tie the professional female course record. Meadow tied for third with a tournament total 11-under-par 277.
“It’s been a dream start but it’s also a dream to play in this environment. U.S. Open and here: the bigger the better! It’s more fun. Being out here playing for a crowd is what I love to do,” said Meadow.
Meadow looks to continue her success in the upcoming Ricoh Women’s British Open July 10-13, 2014, after her 5-under-par qualifying round on Monday, July 7, 2014.
IJGA staff, students, and alumni are incredibly proud of Kim and Meadow, and their impressive accomplishments this past week. We hope Meadow finds success again in the Ricoh Women’s British Open and look forward to following her progress!
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