Stephanie Meadow wants to finish in the top 40 of the LPGA Tour in 2019
"It's the circle," exudes Stephanie Meadow as she thinks about how her fate has changed in the past two years
De Noord – Irish golfer is ready to return her to the LPGA Tour after overcoming an injury and loss of shape.
A serious back injury cost her a playing card for 2018, but she recovered by qualifying from the second layer Symetra Tour with a sixth place finish.
"This year was a lot about swallowing my pride," Meadow said.
"I was fortunate to have some great sponsors still back while I was not on the LPGA Tour and gave me that support and gave me permission to play up again and I did that ! "
The Jordanstown woman marked her professional debut with a third place finished at the 2014 Women's Open in 2014 and represented Ireland during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janei ro but a loss of shape and a stress fracture in her lower back meant that she had trouble to equal that performance in 2017.
Stephanie Meadow is ready to return her to the LPGA Tour
Cornfields for galleries
A year on the Symetra tour, including a victory over the IOA championship in April and seven other top 10 finishes, has helped revitalize its passion for the game
"It is absolutely different: first we went to the middle of nowhere – small towns in Kentucky and Kansas – and cornfields were just about our audience," added the 26-year-old
"It teaches you that you really like golf, because if you do not like it when you're there, then you probably do not really like it and I still wanted to compete and the girls there are really good, the top half of the tour is very solid, so it was a great race and a great preparation for next year.
"I really feel that I now know who I am as a golfer and I am confident that when I go to the LPGA Tour and I just stay there b I do it well and not in different directions. "
Meadow and her 2012 Curtis Cup teammate Leona Maguire will both participate in the LGPA Tour next year
Top 40 is the target
Since securing her return to the LPGA Tour in October, Meadow has had a full break from playing to recharge her batteries and during her free time she returned home to help nurture the next generation of Northern Irish golfers.
A morning at the golf academy of the Rockport School has excited her for the future and she hopes that she can return in the course of the season for the debut of the new Northern Irish Open on the Ladies European Tour.
"Irish and Northern Irish people like watching golf and they do not support what the weather is like," she added.
"Maybe it's just a perspective and they just go out and grind it, but I'm sure it's going to be really well supported and I'd like to play a part of it."
Her more Immediate focus will be on her performances in the United States and ensuring that she sets her place on the tour next year: "My goal is the top 40 on the money list.
" I think it's okay to do, if I play as well as this year I know I can do it for sure, I've been there before so I know what to expect and now I just have to fight, work hard and get it done.
"I'm definitely more appreciative of everything that's going to come along with being on the LPGA, nice places and great golf courses and to be able to come back and play in the British Open and the Scottish Open always something that has meant a lot to me. "