Stephanie Meadow wins the women’s title at the World Invitational golf tournament at Galgorm Castle.
This will be the first time the Northern Irish player has played a pro event on home soil.
Charley Hull had a four-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole but missed as Meadows holed out for the par. She felt an absolute pressure playing at home but persevered through the match. Stephanie Meadow won a £33,000 prize money, while Hull won £22,000 as a runner up prize.
“It’s unbelievable. I’m so excited and honoured. I want to thank ISPS Handa and Modest golf for allowing me to come home to compete and win at home. It is very, very special,” said Stephanie Meadow.
Stephanie Meadow, who has played for the University of Alabama, made her debut at 2014 US Women’s Open, but sadly lost her dad to cancer the year after.
In that same year, she won the Heather Farr Perseverance Award – an award by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
In 2017 she suffered a back injury which affected her ability to play. But her comeback to win at the world invitational tournament means the world to her.
Supported by Investec, Stephanie Meadow is one of five female ambassadors part of the “20×20” campaign.
“It was pitched to me at the start of the year, and I’ve always been a big believer in role models. I’m very aware that there aren’t that many Irish female role models out there for young girls.
“The 20×20 campaign is just an effort to make those (female) athletes a bit more visible. We’re hoping for a 20 per cent increase in participation, attendance, and media coverage as well,” said Meadow.