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Stephanie Meadow

Who is one of the golfers in contention at the 2014 U.S. Women's Open? It's brand new pro Stephanie Meadow, who is playing her first tournament after turning professional. The Northern Ireland golfer played her way into the U.S. Open through qualifying, after a stellar NCAA career at the University of Alabama.

Meadow, now 22, first gained wide notice as a 14-year-old when, in 2006, she won the Irish Under-18 championship. She went to high school in the USA, then won nine tournaments while in college at Alabama. She was the SEC Player of the Year in 2014, as well as the conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Stephanie's biggest victory to date is her win at the 2012 British Ladies Amateur. She was also a member of the GB&I Curtis Cup teams in both 2012 and 2014.

At the time she turned pro, Meadow was ranked No. 6 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

What all of this means is that her showing in the U.S. Women's Open - she entered the final round tied for third - is not a fluke, it's a sign of the bright future in pro golf that awaits Stephanie.