Stephanie Meadow is hoping home comforts can translate to the fairways when she returns to LPGA Tour action today at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Arizona.
After a less than ideal season opening venture to Australia last month, where a slip down the stairs saw Stephanie Meadow injure her ankle prior to finishing in 68th spot at the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open, the Jordanstown professional is now fit and raring to go as the tour stops off less than an hour from her home in Phoenix for the Founders Cup.
Having worked hard on her game with coach Terry Rowles over the past few weeks, Meadow is hoping that a course she knows well in Wildfire golf club can inspire a performance that could kick-start her season for months to come“I’m feeling good,” said Meadow.
“I have done a lot of rehab on my ankle and I’m feeling good. Strains are stubborn injuries but I’m definitely still getting there.
“I’ve worked with Terry a few times since Australia which is great. It’s been a nice time to practice and build on a few things ahead of this week.
“I know Wildfire very well. I’ve played there quite a few times. It’s nice to have a familiar setting and be able to sleep in my own bed! I played 18-holes there on Sunday – the course looks great.
“Today [Monday] I played in Betsy Kings Golf Fore Africa charity event at a different course in Scottsdale and I will be heading back to Wildfire tomorrow morning [Tuesday] to get more practice in so fingers crossed for a good week.”
Indeed, this week’s venue for the 72-hole strokeplay, $1.5 million tournament is just a short 20 minute drive from the golf club Meadow represents on the front of her bag this season – Silverleaf country club. A short 40 minute drive from her house, the classically designed Tom Weiskopf course has been the ideal base for Meadow over the past few weeks as she’s worked her way back to full fitness.
“It’s an amazing golf course,” Meadow previously told IGM. “Top of the top, like billionaire status! I’m very, very lucky to be there. They have an amazing short game area that they’ve just put in. The back of the range is professionals only. They have Pro-V 1s on the range, Trackman on the range. It’s out of this world.”
Meadow will hope home comforts pay dividends when she gets her tournament underway at 15.28 alongside Morgan Pressel and Haeji Kang.