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Ladies British Open Amateur Championship: Meadow left flying Ulster flag

By Peter Hutcheon

Stephanie Meadow is the last Ulsterwoman standing at the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush.

Meadow made the most of home advantage to clinch victory at the first play-off hole over Spaniard Camilla Hedberg who was the leading qualifier after the first two rounds of the championship and clinch a place in today‘s third round.

Royal County Down’s Danielle McVeigh and 16-year-old Cavan twins Lisa and Leona Maguire had surprisingly crashed out at the first match play stage yesterday morning.

Meadow beat Frenchwoman Laure Castelain by two holes in the first round after reaching the turn all square. And then she saw off Spanish champion Hedberg in an extremely tough match to reach the last 16 where she will play South African Kim Williams.

Meadow admitted she was lucky to survive her first-round morning match against Laure Castelain from France.

“I didn’t play in that one. I bogeyed four holes in a row at one stage and was two down with six or seven holes to play,” she said. “But fortunately I was able to get back on level terms and then win on the 18th green.”

Against Hedberg, Meadow was one down with three to play but won the 16th with a par to square the game and then missed a possible chance to finish the match on the 18th but took three putts from 50 yards after hitting her second barely on the very long green. That allowed Hedberg, who had been bunkered off the tee, to escape with a half in par 5s.

But Meadow fittingly won a match that would have been a worthy final with a birdie at the 19th, holing from 20ft.

“It certainly was a high-quality game,” she said. “I had five birdies and one bogey, and Camilla had an eagle and four birdies, so it was some match.”

Bangor’s Victoria Bradshaw had a great three and two first round win over Holly Clyburn from Woodhall spa. But she fell to a two and one defeat to Germany’s Thea Hoffmeister in the afternoon.

Lisa Maguire lost out in an All-Ireland clash to Deidre Smith from Co Louth by one hole.

And just an hour later sister Leona was packing up her gear, beaten by a birdie at the 20th hole by France’s Perrine Delacour, the winner of the British Girls’ Open two years ago.

Reigning Irish champion McVeigh lost two and one to Lauren Taylor from Woburn.

Royal Portrush’s Charlene Reid went down to a five and three defeat to Canada’s Anne-Catherine Tanguay.

Third round draw: S Meadow v K Williams; A Boulden v K Roig; S Popov v I Verwey; A Bonetti v MS Barrio; M Engzelius v K Tidy; T Hoffmeister v L Taylor; P Delacour v L Kristersson; C Wild v M Silva.

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