01 Oct 2018
Our Investec Brand Ambassador, Stephanie Meadow secures her 2019 LPGA card
Meadow, who needed a strong finish in the tournament to maintain her position (4th) on the Volvik Race for the Card Order of Merit, saw a number of her challengers ahead of her on the leader board on Sunday morning but her blemish free final round which included four birdies (including one on the 18th), moved her up the leader board to T8 place.
With that result she joins Dottie Ardina and Ruixin Liu in securing their LPGA Tour card for 2019 having recorded 12 top-25 finishes this season including a win and eight top-10 results.
“Amazing, it has been a lot of hard work and realizing that it has paid off is crazy,” said Meadow, one of three players in the current Volvik Race for the Card top-10 to play in all 20 events so far this year. “You never quite know and don’t want to get too excited. It’s really cool, really cool.”
I’ve been through a lot the last few years and I’m so glad I have such outstanding support from Investec, Ireland Golf, my family and boyfriend. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this without them
What makes the occasion extra special is that Meadow’s father Robert would have celebrated his 67th birthday earlier this month. Born on September 17, 1951, he passed away in May of 2015 after a short battle with advanced pancreatic cancer. Robert was Meadow’s inspiration when it came to pursuing the game of golf.
“I think my dad would be very proud, it was his birthday a couple weeks ago,” Meadow said. “I think that’s a pretty awesome birthday present. I’m just really happy that I get a second chance because I came down here and had to work my way back.”
Meadow lost her LPGA Tour membership for the 2018 season after suffering a stress fracture in her lower back last year. When she was set to take a medical exemption, it was too late to regain even partial status.
“I won’t be a rookie and have already learned a lot of things from being out there before,” said Meadow. “I’m hoping I can use that to help me perform to my ultimate potential next year. I’ve been through a lot the last few years and I’m so glad I have such outstanding support from Investec, Ireland Golf, my family and boyfriend. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this without them.”