Meadow looking to lock down LPGA status


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Stephanie Meadow will play the Wegmans LPGA Championship looking to rekindle the excitement she created the last time she teed it up in a major championship on American soil.

Meadow finished third at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in her first start as a professional earlier this summer. She tied for third in her very next start at the Ladies European Masters on the Ladies European Tour.

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Meadow, 22, who won nine times at the University of Alabama and helped the Crimson Tide win the NCAA title in 2012, is looking to play her way to LPGA membership through equivalent earnings. Meadow won $271,373 finishing third at the U.S. Women’s Open. If at season’s end she has made the equivalent or better than the player who finishes 40th on the LPGA money list, Meadow will earn LPGA membership for 2015. She’s the equivalent of 31st on the LPGA money list this week. She’s playing on her first LPGA sponsor exemption and will play on her second at next week’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. She is allowed four more sponsor exemptions after that.

“The rest of the schedule’s a little bit up in the air,” Meadow said. “If I have to go to Q-School, I’ll go to Q-School. I just feel fortunate to be in a position where I can be considered for sponsor exemptions.”

Meadow made it into the Ricoh Women’s British Open last month through a qualifier but missed the cut.

“I learned a lot, though,” Meadow said. “I’m trying to just keep working hard and keep some normalcy to my life because there’s been some hype since the U.S. Women’s Open.”