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Home favourite Meadow holds on to win World Invitational in Ballymena

The victory comes as the 27-year-old’s third as a pro.

A third pro win for Stephanie Meadow.
A third pro win for Stephanie Meadow.
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HOME FAVOURITE STEPHANIE Meadow has landed her third professional victory, this one a one-stroke win at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Northern Ireland.

The 27-year-old pleased the home crowd at Galgorm Castle despite a nervy finish which saw her cling on to the top spot.

Meadow began the day with a four shot advantage following yesterday’s 67, an opening-round 70 and a one-under 71 on Friday, and a few blotches to her copybook saw today’s round of 73 her poorest of the competition.

Among those blotches were a double-bogey on the ninth and another dropped shot on the 17th with Charley Cull on her tail, but Meadow did enough to ensure she had a shot to spare at the death as she finished on 10-under par.

The Northern Ireland star, who plays on the Symetra Tour in America, has had her other pro wins there and on the Cactus Tour (developmental Tour). This one, however, may come as an extra special one as it’s the first time in her pro career that she has played an event on home soil.

“As a 20×20 ambassador that’s flying the flag for women in sport to be able to come home and give them the win maybe I inspired a few girls to play this week,” she said afterwards.

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GRO_9513 It was a particularly special win for Meadow.

“Hopefully I’ll see them playing in 10 -15 years time and that this was the moment that encouraged them to pick up golf”

Leona Maguire was also flying the flag, carding a final round 73 to finish five shots adrift of Meadow.

This event was a first for European golf as the men’s and women’s tournaments are brought together on the same courses, with players battling it out for separate titles, but equal prize funds. 

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