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Stephanie Meadow: Women's Open in Northern Ireland would be 'huge'

 

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Thinking big: Stephanie Meadow

Thinking big: Stephanie Meadow

Philip Magowan

Thinking big: Stephanie Meadow

Northern Ireland's leading female golfer Stephanie Meadow says it would be "huge" if the Women's British Open came to our shores in the future.

Northern Ireland has never hosted a women's Major, but received worldwide acclaim when Royal Portrush staged the men's tournament last July.

The world-class links at Portrush and Royal County Down would be the stand-out options as venues for the tournament if it was to come to Northern Ireland.

However, unlike the men's event, which is held only on links layouts, the Women's British Open is traditionally rotated between links and parkland courses, opening up several other options such as Galgorm Castle and Lough Erne.

Jordanstown golfer Meadow believes any NI venue would be a crowdpuller, pointing to the success of last year's World Invitational at Galgorm and Massereene as an example of how successful tournaments are in Northern Ireland.

"I think it would be huge. The crowds we got for the World Invitational at Galgorm last summer were really great and I can only imagine what it would be for an Open," said Meadow, who won the women's event at Galgorm.

"Obviously not quite as much as the men but we would still get some great followers. It would be spectacular - any of the golf courses in Northern Ireland would be up to the challenge I'm sure."

Belfast Telegraph