NI golfer Stephanie Meadow misses cut at Royal Birkdale

Stephanie Meadow
Stephanie Meadow is a former British Amateur champion

Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow missed the halfway cut at the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale after ending round two on nine over par.

The 22-year-old posted a second round of four-over-par 76, which included four bogeys and no birdies, to follow up her opening 77 on Thursday.

The Jordanstown woman ended three shots short of the six-over cut mark.

American Mo Martin leads the tournament on six under, with Beatriz Recari and So Yeon Ryu tied second on three under.

Royal Portrush member Meadow recorded bogeys at the eighth, ninth, 13th and 18th holes on Friday.

Meadow qualified for the event on Monday, just a day after finishing joint third at the European Masters.

The County Antrim woman was joint second in the qualifying event at Southport and Ainsdale thanks to a five-under 69, which included birdies on five of the first seven holes.

Meadow has made a fantastic start to her career 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.

Meanwhile it was announced on Thursday that Meadow has signed with agents Blue Giraffe Sports and will play in another major next month, the Wegmans LPGA Championship.