Meadow wins Ladies British Open Amateur

Stephanie Meadow watches a shot during the SEC/Pac-12 Championship.

Stephanie Meadow watches a shot during the SEC/Pac-12 Championship.

Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland is the 2012 Ladies British Open Amateur champion. She beat Spain's Rocio Sanchez Lobato, 4 and 3, in the final at Carnoustie on June 30.

Meadow, a 20-year-old student at Alabama, was 3 up after only six holes against Lobato, a 19-year-old from Marbella, Spain who plays for Georgia.

Meadow won the par-4 first hole, and went on to double her lead with another par at the second.

Both players birdied the third hole for a half, but then Meadow birdied the fourth.

Lobato won the fifth hole to cut her deficit to two. Meadow came back with wins on Nos. 6 and 7 to get to 4 up.

A birdie on No. 8 got Lobato to just 3 down.

The ninth was halved in pars, leaving Meadow in the strong position of 3 up at the turn.

After a half at the 10th, Meadow went 4 up with her third birdie of the round at the 11th.

Lobato won the 12th, but Meadow countered with a birdie on 13 to get to 4 up with five to play.

The 14th hole was halved, leaving Meadow the winner.

With this win, Meadow earns a spot in the field for the Ricoh Women's British Open at Hoylake in September.

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