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Stephanie Meadow travelling to US Open with hope of making it off reserve list and into the field



Steph Meadow finished with her best round of the week

Steph Meadow finished with her best round of the week

Steph Meadow finished with her best round of the week

Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow couldn't back up her stellar Florida form in Texas after a midfield finish at the Volunteers of America Classic at Old American Golf Club.

The Jordanstown woman, who finished third in her previous event, made it three consecutive cuts in The Colony, and at least pushed up the leaderboard to a tie for 58th on 10-over par, improving with a one-over 73 in the final round.

That was ultimately 17 shots adrift of the eventual winner, America's Angela Stanford, who triumphed by two shots over fellow American Yealimi Noh and Korean duo Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu.

Cavan's Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell) finished in a tie for 25th at four-over-par for the week after a final round 72.

After making the weekend, Meadow slipped back after a 74 on Saturday, but she recovered in her final round yesterday to card her best outing of the week, although it still included four bogeys to go with three birdies.

The Galgorm Castle touring professional will now head to Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas this week hoping that she will be a late entry to the US Open, the final Major of the year.

She is currently fifth reserve for the event, meaning it would seem to be a long shot for her to sneak into the field at the last minute, but she will nonetheless travel in the off chance that she does get in.

It looks like she will jump at least one place to fourth as 2007 US Open champion Cristie Kerr is unlikely to compete after she and her caddy were injured in a freak accident involving a golf buggy on Friday.

Northern Irish amateur Olivia Mehaffey is already in the field for the event after the USGA invited the top 20 amateurs in the world rankings to compete.

Meanwhile, South Africa's Christiaan Bezuidenhout hailed an "unreal" double after becoming the first man to win back-to-back events on the European Tour since Justin Rose three years ago.

The 26-year-old won for the second week on home soil, triumphing by five shots at the South African Open in Sun City to add to last week's Alfred Dunhill Championship success and is provisionally set to move up to a career best 35th in the world rankings.

"It's unbelievable to stand here with the SA Open win," Bezuidenhout said. "It's any South African golfer's dream to win it, their national tournament. It's unreal."

Belfast Telegraph

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