Stephanie Meadow qualifies for Women's British Open

Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow
Stephanie Meadow has finished third in her first two professional tournaments

Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow has secured her place at this week's Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.

A day after a superb 63 saw her finish joint-third at the European Masters, the County Antrim woman finished joint second in Monday's qualifying event.

Meadow, a member at Royal Portrush, birdied five of the first seven holes at Southport and Ainsdale on her way to a five-under-par 69.

It left her one shot behind top qualifier Becky Brewerton of Wales.

The Women's British Open begins on Thursday and 22-year-old Meadow from Jordanstown will be aiming to continue her fantastic start as a professional.

Just a few weeks ago, in her first event since quitting the amateur ranks, Meadow finished third in the US Women's Open at Pinehurst.

That was followed by her joint-third finish at the European Masters, thanks to a course record-equalling 63 at Buckinghamshire.

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