CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Alabama sophomore Stephanie Meadow captured the Ladies British Open Amateur championship on Saturday at the Carnoustie Golf Club by defeating Spain’s Rocio Sanchez Lobato 4 and 3 in the final.
Meadow helped Alabama to its first team naitonal title in May and then led the Great Britain and Ireland squad to a dramatic come-from-behind victory in the Curtis Cup, winning the deciding match.
Her victory at the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship earned Meadow a place in the field for the 2012 Women’s British Open at Hoylake in September.
“It has been a fantastic summer for Stephanie,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “It doesn’t get any better than an NCAA championship, winning the clinching point in the Curtis Cup and winning the British Amateur. It is well deserved for a great player, who is an even better person. We are extremely excited for her, and proud of what she has accomplished.”
Meadow is from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, and represented her home club of Royal Portrush. She got off to an early lead against Sanchez Lobato in the final by winning three of the first four holes. Sanchez Lobato won the fifth to get on the scoreboard but Meadow responded with wins at the sixth and seventh. Sanchez Lobato got one hole back on the eighth to give Meadow a 3-up lead at the turn.
Her lead went to 4-up on the 11th but Sanchez Lobato won the 12th with birdie. Meadow birdied the 13th to get her lead back to 4-up. The two players halved the 14th and Meadow closed out the victory with a half on the 15th.
Meadow defeated England’s Georgia Hall earlier on Saturday in the semifinals. She also defeated Ariane Provot (France) in the quarters as well as Amy Boulden (Wales), Nathalie Mansson (Sweden) and Emily Taylor (England) on her way to victory.