Stephanie’s fortitude and resilience in returning from serious injury to regain her full LPGA Tour card for next season has earned her the Professional Player of the Year award for 2018 from the Irish Golf Writers’ Association.
I am so honoured and so humbled to have won the Professional Golfer of the Year
Meadow, 26, is the first woman to win the award since its inception in 1976. The Northern Irishwoman suffered a stress fracture (L5) in her spine during the 2017 season, but the diagnosis came too late for her to avail of a medical exemption on the LPGA Tour.
Playing on the Symetra Tour, Meadow won the IOA Championship, had nine top-10s during the year and claimed a full LPGA Tour card for next season by finishing sixth on the order of merit.
“I am so honoured and so humbled to have won the Professional Golfer of the Year. I was knocked on my face a little bit last year and to come out and have such a great season and to top it off by being recognised as the Irish Professional Golfer of the Year is truly remarkable. I have a lot of people in my corner who I would like to thank. My sponsors Investec, my coaches, my sports psychologist, my fitness trainer who made me healthy again and my family and close friends, who picked me up this past year and got me through it,” said Meadow.