Stephanie Meadow was unable to upgrade her LPGA status at the tour’s qualifying finals last weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla., as a closing 70 left her three strokes shy of moving up on the priority list for entry into next year’s tournaments.
The Hilton Head Island pro completed five rounds at LPGA International in 1-under-par 359, which left her in a tie for 27th among the 70 who made the 72-hole cut. The top 20 finishers after Sunday’s final round received full LPGA membership for 2017.
Meadow already had conditional status after finishing 115th on this year’s money list, and will revert back to that category to start the new season.
“I should still get into lots of events,” Meadow told her Twitter followers.
“Struggled this week with ball striking. But onwards and upwards. Thanks to everyone who came and supported me.”
Jaye Marie Green took medalist honors for the second time, finishing at 13-under 347 to hold off Iceland’s Olafia Kristinsdottir by one shot. The list of qualifiers also includes Beth Allen, a California native who captured this year’s Ladies European Tour money title, and two-time European Solheim Cup standout Mel Reid of England.
Meadow now heads back overseas for the LET season finale at the Dubai Ladies’ Masters, where she will try to build on a run of four top-20 finishes in her past six events. The Northern Ireland native placed 19th at the Women’s Indian Open before Q-school finals, and was 14th in Abu Dhabi a week before that.