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Meadow misses Final stage cut for LPGA Tour School in Florida

 

By John Roberts

Jordanstown's Stephanie Meadow brought an unhappy 2017 campaign to an end on Saturday when she missed the 72-hole cut at the Final stage of the LPGA Qualifying School in Florida.

The former Alabama star made just three of 17 cuts and was out of action for three months after suffering an L5 pars stress fracture in September.

Stephanie was confident she could compete at the final stage of the Q-School but opening 78 at LPGA International left her with too much to do.

While she rallied with a second round 70, she followed up with two 73s and her six-over-par total of 294 was two strokes outside the top 70 who progressed to yesterday's final round battle for 20 cards.

- Local boy Cameron Smith overcame the unwanted attention of a 72nd hole heckler before going on to win the Australian PGA Championship at the second extra hole.

Three behind Jordan Zunic overnight, the young Queenslander (24) was a shot clear of his compatriot playing the 18th at RACV Royal Pines Resort when a heckler tried to put him off with fake coughs and sneezes as he stood over his approach.

The heckler was ejected by security, but Smith bogeyed the hole, carding a 68 to Zunic's 71 to leave them tied on 18-under par.

He recovered to hole a four-footer for a winning par.

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