30 Jun 2021
Stephanie Meadow, the entrepreneurial golfer
A professional athlete with an entrepreneurial mindset. Stephanie has overcome many obstacles in pursuit of her golf dreams. Originally from Northern Ireland, she now calls Phoenix, Arizona home.
Advice you'd give your 12-year-old self
The most powerful tool in golf is belief. Believe in yourself, your ability and trust your instincts.
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What's your favourite book?
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S Dweck
Where are you currently ranked?
I am currently ranked 100th in the World, and 144th on the Ladies European Tour.
Proudest moment of 2021?
Finishing 7th place at the Olympics representing Ireland was my proudest moment of the year. I take great pride in representing Ireland and I was able to play my best golf of the year while at the Olympics. I loved every part of the experience on and off the golf course.
Most challenging moment of 2021?
My most challenging moment this year was fighting for my full LPGA status at the Pelican Invitational. I shot 4 under to maintain my card. It definitely was a very stressful time but I am so relieved I was able to pull through.
What did 2021 teach you?
It taught me that I need to stick to my plan. I bounced around a few technical changes and I think that caused a lot of internal stress. I also started to plan more performance-based practice at the end of the year and I think that helped.
Your golfing career was put on hold following the death of your father. How did you deal with that loss and regain your focus?
At the beginning it was really hard to play golf because golf was such a painful reminder of my dad. As time went on I was able to use those memories as a wonderful reminder of what a great relationship my father and I had and how lucky I was to have all those memories. I realized that my dad would never want me to give up on my dreams and that I needed to keep going no matter what!
What advice would you give aspiring young golfers who want to make a profession of golf?
Love the process and the daily challenge that golf presents. Everyday will bring a new challenge so you have to learn to embrace the ups and the downs.
I was completely surprised when I was awarded the Heather Farr award. After the most difficult year of my life, and losing my father. I was honoured that my fellow peers saw me in this way.
How did your upbringing affect who you are now?
I was taught by both of my parents that if you are going to do something do it right! They both believed in me more than I believed in myself and probably still do. I think their belief and support is the biggest reason I am where I am today.
How old were you when you started playing golf and what drew you to the sport?
I was six years old when I started playing golf. I think I enjoyed the challenge of the game and being able to be outdoors with friends.
How did Investec first come to sponsor you and what impact has it had on your golfing career?
I was introduced to Michael Cullen by Paul McGinley in 2016.
Investec has supported me through all my ups and downs. Their emotional support and financial support has allowed me to continue to follow my dreams.
How do you cope with nerves?
Lots of breathing and learning that my nerves can enhance my performance. I look at them in a positive way. The moment I stop having nerves I know my heart isn’t in it anymore. Thankfully that has not happened yet!
What’s the one improvement or change that you would like to make to the game of golf?
I believe this change has already started but I would love for golf to be more inviting for the younger generation. More athletic clothing, more relaxed atmosphere etc. will attract more young golfers.
Watch Stephanie talking to ex-Ireland international rugby player Andrew Trimble about her professional sporting journey, balancing life during a pandemic and maintaining the mental resilience required to stay at the top of your game.
How do you keep a healthy balance between your personal life and your career?
I make sure that on my off weeks I spend some time away from golf. I see family, hang out with friends and spend time on my other hobbies. I always remember that Golf is what I do not who I am.
What is the Heather Farr Award and how did you feel when you were honoured by your fellow golfers in this way?
The Heather Farr award is awarded to the LPGA player “who, through her hard work, dedication and love of the game of golf, has demonstrated determination, perseverance, and spirit in fulfilling her goal as a player.” I was completely surprised when I was awarded the Heather Farr award. After the most difficult year of my life and losing my father. I was honoured that my fellow peers saw me in this way.
If you could play the last round of your life with anyone you choose, who would it be and why?
I would play with my fiancé Kyle and my dad. The two golfers in my life mean the most to me.
What do you love most about being a professional golfer?
Being able to compete against the best in the world. I love the competition and the feelings that go with it. I also love being able to travel all around the world and experience different cultures.