Stephanie Meadow has been named the 2018 Irish Golf Writers’ Professional of the Year, becoming the first woman to win the award in its 43-year history.
Meadow suffered a stress fracture in her spine during the 2017 season, but was unable to avail of a medical exemption on the LPGA Tour, underwent surgery and endured over four months of rehabilitation to resurface with renewed determination in the 2018.
Playing on the Symetra Tour, Meadow won the IOA Championship, had nine top-10s during the year and claimed a full LPGA Tour card for next season by finishing sixth on the order of merit.
"I am so honoured and so humbled to have won the Professional Golfer of the Year," she said.
"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.
"Their training programmes have made me the golfer I am today. I have a lot of people in my corner who I would like to thank; my coaches, my sports psychologist, my fitness trainer who made me healthy again and my family and close friends, who picked me up this past year and got me through it," said added.
Robin Dawson was named Men’s Amateur of the Year, with Sara Byrne claiming the female accolade.