Irish Ladies Golf Union High Performance heroine and Curtis Cup star Stephanie Meadow (Royal Portrush) beat Rocio Sanchez Lobato (Esp) 4&3 to win the Ladies British Amateur at Carnoustie, on Saturday .
In a one sided final, Stephanie stormed from the traps winning the first two holes and then the fourth to race to a 3 hole lead. Rocio replied with a win at the fifth but Stephanie increased her advantage winning the sixth and seventh before losing the 8th. 3 up at the turn she won the 11th, lost the 12th but replied like a true Champion with a win on 13. She went on to close out the match with halves on 14 and 15.
What a marvellous couple of weeks the Portrush teenager has enjoyed. After holing the putt to win the Curtis Cup in early June, Steph unluckily lost the Irish Championship on the home green to Leona Maguire but now victory at Carnoustie ensures her legendary status forever in the archives of Irish women’s golf.
A week earlier Alan Dunbar, also from Portush, won the men’s equivalent and of course let us not forget the great achievements of Graeme McDowell (in 2010 US Open) and a year later Darren Clarke’s 2011 Open title. Certainly a great time for members of the Portrush club.
“To have two Amateur champions out of the same place is pretty impressive – it must be something to do with the water,” Meadow later told reporters. “It’s been a hell of a month – one of the best ever,” added Meadow recalling her Curtis Cup exploits as well as victory here.
“It’s been a hell of a month – one of the best ever,” added Meadow, the 20 years old from Jordanstown, just outside Belfast but now at University in the United States.
The new champion later told her Twitter followers : “Couldn’t have asked for a better month! NCAA Champs! Curtis Cup Champs and now British Champ!”