Tide's Meadow opens Kraft Nabisco with 73

Alabama's Stephanie Meadow

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Robert Meadow was reaching for water bottles after carting his daughter Stephanie’s crimson Alabama team bag off the Dinah Shore Tournament Course on Thursday. It was a sneaky hot day in the desert for the Ulsterman, who has donned the white caddie jumpsuit this week at the Kraft.

Meadow, a junior on Alabama’s team and Golfweek’s No. 4-ranked player in the country, hasn’t played a tournament in the desert since junior golf. She was fourth at the 2010 AJGA Thunderbird International at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“It’s very tough; greens are firm,” Meadow said of the course. “You kind of just shoot at the pin and fire.”

Starting on the back, Meadow double-bogeyed No. 13 and bogeyed No. 15. She had three birdies on the front to get to 1-over 73 for the day.

Meadow attended a three-day Vision54 camp in January, and has kept in touch with co-founders Pia Nilsson and Lynn Mariott since. They waited for her off the ninth green on Thursday. This week, they have Meadow concentrating on decreasing the tension in her upper body.

“Their scope of things is so big,” Meadow said. “It’s not just how you think. There’s a lot to it.”

Meadow consults Alabama coach Mic Potter for her swing, but has always read Vision54 books. Nilsson and Marriott have helped with Meadow’s rhythm and tempo.

“She just wants to learn more tools so she can manage herself better,” Nilsson said Thursday.

The Kraft is Meadow’s third major in the past year. Last summer’s victory at the Ladies British Amateur earned her exemptions into the U.S. Women’s Open and Ricoh Women’s British Open.

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