Meadow rallies hard to keep hopes alive at Australian Open

Stephanie Meadow had to dig deep on her inward nine to keep her hopes alive on day one of the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open.

Stephanie Meadow / Image from Symetra Tour 
The Jordanstown professional rallied after a potentially disastrous outward half of 40 to return three birdies and no dropped shots in a superb 33 on the way home. 
 
In the end, she signed for a one-over par 73 at Grange Golf Club in South Australia to sit in a share of 61st heading into day two.
 
Still nursing an ankle injury after a trip down the stairs prior to her LPGA Tour reappearance last week at the Handa Vic Open, Meadow showed no ill-effects off the tee at least, finding 12 of 14 fairways and averaging 250yards in an encouraging performance.
 
However, no doubt the Northern Irishwoman will be looking to improve her conversion rate on the greens when play resumes tomorrow after totting up 31 putts. 
 
As things stand, Meadow finds herself just about making the cut on the number at one-over par but hopefully she can take her back-nine momentum from today into a much-improved overall performance tomorrow.
 
England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Taiwan’s Wei-Ling Hsu lead the way at the top at seven-under par.