Former IJGA student, Stephanie Meadow, placed third in her professional debut at the age of 22 last week at the 69th U.S. Women’s Open in Pinehurst, N.C. Held June 17-22, 2014, the 72-hole event featured a field of 71 golfers who made the cut from at least 20 different countries.
Meadow qualified for the Open at Beaumont, Calif., where she was initially held first-alternate status before eventually being added to the field. The Open served as her professional debut following various wins as an amateur and collegiate athlete.
Meadow spent her high school years with IJGA where she posted numerous wins in both International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) and American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events, building an impressive golf resume. She found herself nationally ranked by Golfweek and she began finding success in international events alongside some of the world’s best golfers.
Her debut appearance heated up in the final two rounds where she shot back-to-back 1-under-par scores of 69. After shooting 71 and 72 in rounds one and two, respectively, Meadow set her sights on moving into the winner’s circle. She recorded five total birdies in rounds one and two and used her third round to chip away at the lead, adding another five birdies in round three alone. With momentum in her favor in the final round, Meadow bounced back from two tough front-nine bogeys by carding eagle on the par-5 No. 10. Meadow saw par or better on the remaining holes, including a birdie on the final hole to secure third in her first professional appearance.
“It’s obviously a lot different, but I think having played in two Majors before that’s helped me out a lot. I’m kind of used to the big environment and the crowds and everything that goes along with a US Open. Yeah, it’s different, but I’ve worked my whole life to this. I’m doing my thing,” Meadow told the Irish Times.
The IJGA community congratulates Stephanie on her outstanding professional debut and wish her continued success in her budding career!