Meadow momentum stalls on final day in Michigan

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Stephanie Meadow failed to find her Sunday best as she dropped 20 places down the leaderboard at the close of the Island Resort Championship in Michigan.

The Jordanstown professional has been in fine form this season on the Symetra Tour but struggled to a two-over-par 74 that saw her finish in a tie for 41st spot on one-under-par for the tournament.

It turned out to be a frustrating round littered with uncharacteristic errors for Meadow and despite finishing with a birdie, her double bogey – bogey run on 15 and 16 proved costly.

However she remains in 4th place on the Volvik Race for the Card standings having earned $36,094 already this season, with the top-10 at year’s end earning their LPGA Tour playing privileges for 2019.

The honeymoon period might be over for Cavan’s Leona Maguire too as she missed her first cut as a professional with the axe falling at one-under-par. The former Duke University star was up against it after opening with a 76 on Friday and despite her best efforts in tough conditions on moving day, Leona’s level par round was well short of the magic number.

At the top of the pile, China’s Riuxin Liu won the event at Harris, returning a three-under-par 69 to claim the ‘W’ by a single stroke on nine-under-par.

Blemish-free and five under through 13 holes, a double bogey six on 14 threatened to derail her chances but Liu parred home to edge out South Korea’s Min Seo Kwak and USA’s Lori Beth Adams into second place.

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