Two International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) alumni, Stephanie Meadow and Pablo Larrazábal, continue to strive as dominant golfers, each finishing in the top five in their respective events over the Oct. 26-27 weekend.
Meadow, a former IJGT player, IJGA graduate, and current University of Alabama senior from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, captured her eighth career win at The Landfall Tradition on Oct. 25-27 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The victory was one more addition to Meadow’s already magnificent collegiate resume, and her performance helped lead her Alabama team to its first win of the season through four events.
Meadow, courtesy of RollTide.com.
Meadow shot a 70-71-72–213 to finish at 3-under-par and cap off a two-stroke win over runner-up, Yu Liu, of Duke. Her first round 2-under-par 70 was the lowest of the field, and consisted of an even-par 36 on the front nine and three birdies on the back to put her atop the leaderboard going into round 2. Her most memorable moment of the tournament came in the second round, where a 1-under-par 71 performance was polished with a hole-in-one on the par-3 13th hole, the first in her career. Meadow’s three bogeys and three birdies in the final round paved an even-par 72, and despite the round being her toughest of the tournament, she was able to fend off Liu and fellow teammate, Emma Talley (third place), for the victory.
This was the best finish of the season thus far for Meadow, after two fourth place finishes and one 11th place finish in her first three events. Her now eight career wins is a school record for Alabama, and is just one of the many memorable accomplishments for the young golfer, including being a three-time first team All-American and holding numerous other records. While a member of the IJGT, Meadow had a high rate of success, collecting many championships including the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions.
Meadow and the Crimson Tide will be in action next at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club in Grande, Puerto Rico, on Feb. 16-18, 2014.
Larrazábal, a former IJGT member and IJGA graduate from Barcelona, Spain, who now plays professionally on the PGA’s European Tour, had his sixth top five finish of 2013 at the BMW Masters presented by SRE Group. The event took place at the Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China, on Oct. 24-27, where Larrazábal carded a total 8-under-par 280 through four rounds to finish tied for fifth. He shot a 70-73-69-68 to land just three shots behind eventual champion, Gonzalo Fdez-Castaño.
Larrazábal, courtesy of EuropeanTour.com.
Larrazábal, after attending the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) during high school, turned professional in 2004 at the age of 21. He joined the European Tour in 2008, where he grabbed his first professional win at the Open de France ALSTOM on June 28, 2008. This victory, along with his strong all-around performance during the year, gave him the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award for 2008. His second European Tour win came in 2011 at the BMW International Open.
Feature image and stats courtesy of EuropeanTour.com.