Stephanie Meadow admits that the prospect of a second Olympic appearance for Ireland next year would mean more to her than any Major outing.
The Jordanstown professional made her Olympic debut in Rio in 2016 and was set to make her second showing at the Games before Covid-19 saw Japan’s organisers decide to postpone this summer’s event to 2021.
“It’s indescribable the feeling of representing your country on that kind of stage,” said Meadow to BBC NI.
“It’s very important for sponsors and for me – it is a big world scene.”
Indeed, no sporting occasion has been immune from the global pandemic this year and although Meadow was understandably disappointed to learn of the Olympic postponement, her memories of Rio remain at the forefront of her mind as she accepts a longer wait than expected to rekindle her Olympic dream.
“Prior to 2016, we didn’t even dream of being in the Olympics,” Meadow said.
“Other athletes were dreaming about it since they were four – we dreamed about winning majors and then all of a sudden we have the chance of winning a gold medal.
“So, I hope I’m back in in 2021 – the Olympics will trump the majors for preparation next year.”
Meadow will hope professional golf gets the green light to resume long before that with a proposed mid-July restart date being planned for the LPGA Tour.