Irish Tour Professional Stephanie Meadow has been awarded the The Heather Farr Perseverance Award to mark her dedication, work ethic and love of the game.
Last night Ireland's Stephanie Meadow was awarded The Heather Farr Perseverance Award, which honours an LPGA player who, through her hard work and dedication and love of the game of golf, has demonstrated determination and perseverance on the road to fulfilling her goals.
Stephanie’s father, Robert Meadow was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer earlier this year and Stephanie took a step back during her rookie career to spend time with him. Unfortunately, Robert lost his battle in May and Stephanie returned to play later that month. Stephanie’s fellow LPGA Tour players voted for her to receive this award in recognition of the difficult year she had.
Juli Inkster, victorious 2015 Solheim Cup Captain was voted by LPGA Tour players as the recipient of the William and Mousie Powell Award. It is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the spirits, ideals and values of the LPGA. Inbee Park received the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award and Sei Young Kim was honoured with her Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, which she clinched with two events remaining in the season.
Meadow had a lightening start to her professional career when she made an incredible debut at the Women’s US Open at Pinehurst in North Carolina in June 2014, finishing in third place and three shots behind eventual winner Michelle Wie with prize money of more than $270,000.
She narrowly missed out on securing her LPGA Category 12 Tour Card during the Final Stage of Qualifying at Daytona Beach, Florida in December 2014. Stephanie was subject to a sudden death playoff alongside six other players in order to gain three of the Category 12 Tour Cards on offer. In the end, Stephanie lost out to Karlin Beck on the 11th playoff hole and gained Category 17 (Conditional) Tour Status.
Stephanie will return to Daytona Beach, Florida to play in the LPGA Qualifying Tournament – Stage III where she gained her conditional status last year. Qualifying will take place from 30 November - 6 December and she will compete for 20 places amongst a field of 158 other hopefuls. Players who finish in the top 20 will earn membership through category 12 on the LPGA Tour priority list while those who finish 21 through 45 with earn membership through category 17. In laymen’s terms, players who finish in the top 20 will have “full-time” status on the LPGA Tour while players that finish 21 through 45 will have “conditional” status.