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Meadow, 22, in U.S. Women's Open mix

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PINEHURST, N.C. – Stephanie Meadow is making quite the debut as a professional.

Meadow, 22, who turned pro before the U.S. Women’s Open, enters Sunday’s final round at Pinehurst No. 2 tied for third, four shots off the lead.

“You couldn’t dream of a better start,” Meadow said.

A native of Northern Ireland, Meadow, 22, helped the University of Alabama win the NCAA women’s championship in 2012. She also helped Great Britain & Ireland win the Curtis Cup that year.

With a 1-under-par 69 Saturday, Meadow was just one of eight players to break par.

She isn’t overwhelmed being in the hunt in her pro debut.

“It’s awesome,” Meadow said. “I’ve worked my whole life for this.”