Meadow makes right moves on day one of Australian Women’s Open

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Stephanie Meadow picked up where she left off last week in Victoria as she returned to the top-20 after day one of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Adelaide Golf Club.

The Jordanstown professional enjoyed a top-20 result last week at the ISPS Handa Vic Open and she looked just as sharp this week in South Australia. Meadow found 15 of 18 greens in regulation and with 31 putts, her day could’ve been even better.

Still, three birdies all-up in a blemish-free round of 70 sees her in great shape, trailing Englishwoman Jodi Ewart Shadoff by four strokes heading into day two.

The leader made seven birdies in another bogey-free card and pledged to donate money for each gain made this week to aid Koala rescue as Australia continues to count the cost of the devastating bushfires that have ravaged the Continent over the past few months.

“I’m donating $100 dollars per birdie so it was a good day and my sponsor at Radar Tyres is also matching it so it was a really good day,” said Shadoff.

Shadoff is going in search of a maiden win this week and a stacked and star-studded leaderboard will be sure to make her earn it with South Koreans Inbee Park and Jeongeun Lee6 just one shot behind at six-under par.

Meanwhile, Leona Maguire couldn’t quite recapture the magic of last week on the opening day. After marching to a top-5 win in just her second LPGA Tour start, the Cavan professional was out in the windiest part of the day and struggled to get anything going – scrambling her way to a one-over par round of 73.

That showing puts Maguire outside the top-90 so she’ll need a good round on Friday to ensure she makes the weekend cut.

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