Both Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire return to action this week as the ending leg of the LPGA Tour’s European swing stops off in Scotland for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open.
Meadow, a full member on the LPGA Tour, will be joined by the Symetra Tour/LET’s Maguire who’s been enjoying some home time ahead of this week.
The Cavan professional stopped off at Galgorm Castle ahead of a European first when the stars of the women’s game join those of the men’s Challenge Tour at an event boasting equal prize money for men and women in Northern Ireland next week.
Presented by Niall Horan’s Modest! Golf company, the ISPS Handa World Invitational is promoting gender equality and inclusivity within sport and is an event that both Meadow and Maguire have been looking forward to for some time.
First though, the pair will follow in the footsteps of the men of the European Tour in tackling The Renaissance Club with a highly competitive field set to take their chance at the $1,500,000 event.
There’s only seven days left before the LET Solheim Cup team is finalised. The first eight players will be determined by points and world rankings positions before Captain Catriona Matthew will announce her four captain’s picks the day after the Scottish Open concludes.
Although neither Meadow nor Maguire will feature in that team this year, both players have been trending upwards over the past few weeks on Tour and they’ll hope to further consolidate their form when testing themselves against the best of the world.
Jordanstown’s Meadow finds herself languishing outside the top-100 on the money list but managed to secure two consecutive top-11 finishes prior to sitting out last week’s AIG Women’s British Open. It’s hoped the determined Northern Irishwoman has timed her late season charge to perfection to ensure she retains her card for next year.
Meanwhile Maguire has remained a model of consistency on the Symetra circuit and still occupies third spot on the Volvik Race for the Card standings with the top-10 set to earn their LPGA Tour stripes for next season come October.
Both players will hope to give their own season’s ambitions a major boost this week back in familiar terrain when the action gets underway in North Berwick on Thursday.
Meadow – 2.10pm
Maguire – 2.21pm