Meadow tops at ISPS Handa World Invitational

​​​​Meadow secures emotional home victory as Walsh steps up to the professional challenge at Galgorm Castle

  • 18 August 2019

​Caption: Stephanie Meadow during round 3 at the ISPS World Invitational Men | Women | Golffile

The ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf lived up to all expectations as the first professional event in Europe to host male and female players to compete for equal prize money on the same courses at the same time. 

It couldn’t have been a sweeter home coming for Stephanie Meadow, who, since turning professional in 2014, has not had the opportunity to compete in front of her family and friends. 

The Jordanstown Native, who has been supported by Team Ireland since her rookie season, added a final round of level par to her 6-under 67 yesterday to finish secure a single shot victory over Solheim Cup player Charley Hull.

Meadow has banked a wealth of experience in the Professional game, however 18-year-old Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) showed wise beyond her years as she finished tied for 8th with rounds of 70, 72, 71 and 71. 

‘I know it’s kind of mad,’ she said following her final round. ‘I didn’t really expect that coming into the week. I didn’t have any expectations really, I would have been happy to just make the cut.’
Walsh hurries home to make final preparations for her flight to North Carolina and Wake Forest University tomorrow morning and as she outlined earlier in the week, this week has presented her with an opportunity to soak up as much experience as she could manage. 

‘I’ll take a lot of confidence going into the college golf I play in the next few months. Knowing I can hang in there when it matters is nice.’
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Caption: Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) who received the award for leading amateur at the ISPS Handa World Invitational | Golffile

Leona Maguire also finished tied for 6th place with three rounds of 71 and a 73 to finish. She now turns her attention back to the Symetra Tour where she attempts to secure her 2020 LPGA Tour card. 

Cormac Sharvin was the sole home player to make the second cut on Saturday night. With high expectations given his recent form, he may be disappointed with a T21 finish on 2-under. Galgorm Castle amateur Josh Hill, who opened with rounds of 70 and 67, slipped out of contention on Saturday but admitted it was week at his home club not to forget.

‘I had a lot of family and friends out there, cheering whenever I holed a putt, it was a really cool experience.’