Stephanie Meadow is looking forward to a weekend push on the LPGA Tour after putting herself in a strong position going into the weekend at the LPGA Mediheal Championship in Somis, California.
The Jordanstown woman will be disappointed she is not closer to leader Jodi Ewart Shadoff at the halfway stage as at one point she had gotten up to eight-under, but despite two late bogeys she still managed a two-under 70.
That leaves Meadow at six-under-par for the tournament, five shots back of Ewart Shadoff and in a share of third, and the Galgorm touring pro is excited for a chance to flex her muscles at the right end of the leaderboard.
And after a round that consisted of four birdies and two bogeys at The Saticoy Club on Friday, the 30-year-old is planning on repeating some well-worn clichés to herself in a bid to pick up a first LPGA title.
“It’s nice to give yourself opportunities on the weekends. Nobody wants to go home on a Saturday morning,” said Meadow.
“I’m excited for the weekend. I’ve got some good support out here, Irish people that I played with in the pro-am. So it’s just a great environment, and I’m looking forward to it.
“This is what we play for, this is why we work so hard, so it’s nice to see your name at the top. But obviously there is a lot of holes left and I just have to do my thing. I can’t get too far ahead of myself.
“One shot at a time. Generic as it is, that’s important.”
Ewart Shadoff, meanwhile, is in complete control heading into the weekend after a round that included six birdies and three bogeys, her 69 taking her up to 11-under-par and four shots clear of the chasing pack.
South Africa’s Paula Reto holds solo second as a two-under 70 took her up to seven-under-par, with Meadow joined on six-under by six other players, including Mexico’s Gaby Lopez and China’s Xiyu Lin.