Meadow ties 47th as Ko captures VOA Classic

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Stephanie Meadow (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Stephanie Meadow banked four rounds and an under-par finish as South Korean Jin Young Ko claimed victory at the Volunteers of America Classic on Sunday.

Jordanstown professional Meadow has been battling for form of late and signed off with her third successive round of 70 for a one-under par tournament tally and a share of 47th.

There was plenty to like in Meadow’s play this week – a five-birdie haul on the final day where she hit 14 of 18 greens in reg but needed 30 putts. All up, she banks $5,158 the effort but more importantly, she breaks a run of four missed cuts dating back to last month’s US Women’s Open.

Ko meanwhile, had suggested she wanted a new trophy for her new house in Texas. Not only did she get a new piece of silverware, but she also collected a pair of cowboy boots, too. The world number 2 was made to fight for her win, signing off with a two-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over Finland’s Matilda Castren at Old American Golf Club, situated about 30 minutes from Ko’s new house.

“I was thinking these boots is good size for me,” Ko smiled. “So yeah, I just bought a house and then I want to get new trophy because my old trophies is in Korea. But this new one is special.”

Ko had failed to finish inside the top-10 in four of her previous five starts on the LPGA Tour. Her 16-under tally was good enough for her eighth career LPGA victory. She remains at No. 2 in the world.

“I was thinking I had a lot of pressure with the No. 1 ranking,” Ko said. “But I made it this week. I’m very happy.”

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