The first female athlete has been awarded Professional Player of the Year at golf awards 3 months ago

The first female athlete has been awarded Professional Player of the Year at golf awards

She has made history.

Stephanie Meadow made history last night as she was awarded Professional Player of the Year at the Irish Golf Writer Awards.

It is the first time a woman has been awarded with the honour in the 43 year history.

It hasn't all been plain sailing for Stephanie however, as she suffered from a stress fracture in her spine in 2017. She was unable to avail of a medical exemption on the LPGA Tour.

She had to have surgery and underwent four months of rehab - however, when she resurfaced she was determined to continue her golfing career.

And she did just that, winning the IOA Championship as well as having nine top 10s on the the Symetra Tour.

Speaking of winning the award, she said: "I am so honoured and so humbled to have won the Professional Golfer of the Year.

"I was knocked on my face a little bit last year and to come out and have such a great season and to top it off by being recognised as the Professional Golfer of the Year is truly remarkable.

"I have a lot of people to thank, because it is not just me who got me here. To the ILGU. Girls golf has come a long way in the last 10 years and to win this award on behalf of them is unbelievable.

What a fantastic achievement.

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  • 20 percent more media coverage of women in sport
  • 20 percent more female participation
  • 20 percent more attendance at women’s competitions and events

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