August 10, 2022
Galgorm Castle & Massereene Golf Club
Q. All right, Steph, welcome back to Galgorm. I got to ask first, how many tickets?
STEPHANIE MEADOW: Yeah. A lot of donations from other players. Yeah, there should be a lot of people out here. It's awesome to have family. I mean, I grew up 20 minutes from here so it's like home.
It's one thing to have an Irish Open, or kind of Irish LPGA event, but to have it so close to home is really special.
Q. I know you've had some very fun experiences here at Galgorm before. You're sponsored by Galgorm. Being 20 minutes away and returning, how has it felt? This is our summer swing, and now to be close to home again, what's it like to be back?
STEPHANIE MEADOW: Yeah, it's awesome. This is my fifth week on the road and doesn't feel like it because this feels like home. Obviously to stay in the resort and the spa and relax; fiancĂ© is coming in now. So it's a big family affair. Already saw family on Sunday.
You know, it's just such a great week, and I think it's a good week to kind of cherish these moments. Life is bigger than golf, and to be able to do what I love in front of the people that I care about is a big deal.
Obviously Galgorm is fantastic. They've made some changes to the golf course, which I saw the back nine for the first time today. It's great. The members love the tournament and they come out and support it.
I just think it's a really great atmosphere for everyone.
Q. You can really feel the energy here of how many people are excited for this event.
STEPHANIE MEADOW: Uh-huh.
Q. You won this event in 2019 before it was sanctioned with the LPGA.
STEPHANIE MEADOW: Yes.
Q. As a tri-sanctioned event, you're seeing the men, you're warming up next to the DP World Tour and Challenge Tour players. What's that like for you to be able to dissect their games as well? I know they're dissecting yours.
STEPHANIE MEADOW: Yeah, no, it's really cool. I think it's fun, you know, bump in to people that were mutual friends with. To see the guys, you're not used to hearing the noise of the compression hitting balls next to you.
No, I think it's awesome. I think it's just a really fun experience for all the fans to be able to see two different sides of the game in one spot and how we do things maybe a little differently, but still kind of come out with the same end, awesome result.
Q. What have you been working on coming into this event? As you said, you know it's kind of a hometown event. You have to balance not only regular preparation, but do you have to balance also seeing family and making time for people again?
STEPHANIE MEADOW: Yeah. Well, I'm lucky because I'm staying a few days after so I can push that. Not that I need to push them, but it's definitely -- I think you can wear yourself -- like I said, this is week five for me, so I was pretty certain that I didn't want to do a whole ton of stuff.
But definitely with two golf courses it's always a little bit trickier. Massareene is definitely firmer and it's not a golf course you can kind of just walk around and be like, okay, cool.
Q. I've heard finding the fairway is the most important.
STEPHANIE MEADOW: Yeah, for sure. The rough is thick there and there are some blind tee shots and things like that.
Yeah, it's going to be interesting. I think the greens here at Galgorm are phenomenal, so very impressed.
Q. For you, this whole entire summer swing it's been a lot, a lot of events. We still got a third of the season left to go.
STEPHANIE MEADOW: Uh-huh.
Q. Being able to win in Northern Ireland, in your hometown, how much would that mean to you?
STEPHANIE MEADOW: Oh, it would be incredible. I couldn't think of anything better. A major would probably be nice, but this would be pretty special, too.
You know, at the end of the day I just have to treat it like any other week. It's easy to try harder or just try to do it in front of people or whatever it might be.
So I think it's just important for me to stick to my processes and what I normally do every week, and add some spa time in there too and I should be fine.
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