Stephanie Meadow makes the cut on pro debut at US Open

Portrush golfer in top 20 at Pinehurst after rounds of 71 and 72

Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland plays her second shot at the par-four 13th hole during the second round of the  US Women’s Open at Pinehurst  No 2 in  North Carolina.  Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland plays her second shot at the par-four 13th hole during the second round of the US Women’s Open at Pinehurst No 2 in North Carolina. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Fri, Jun 20, 2014, 13:16

Stephanie Meadow continued her stunning professional debut at the US Women’s Open to comfortably make the cut after the second round at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

The 22-year-old Royal Portrush golfer had to complete her opening round on Friday morning after weather delays on Thursday and she bogeyed the short 17th to card a one-over 71.

Starting her second round from the 10th on the same No 2 course where Martin Kaymer won the men’s event last Sunday, Meadow picked up one of her two birdies on the 11th before carding back to back bogeys from the 12th.

A further bogey came on the second before she calmed her nerves with a birdie three on the seventh. Meadow’s day would end with a dropped shot on the 124-yard ninth as she signed for a two-over 72 and a place inside the top 20 on three over.

Michelle Wie was the early clubhouse leader on four under after putting together a second straight 68. The American is four clear of Korea’s Amy Yang, who shot a 69, and 18-year-old Australian amateur sensation Minjee Lee after her 71.

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