Lappin and Meadow in winning form in US

Lappin and Meadow in winning form in US
 Gareth Lappin during last year's Irish Close at Connemara. Picture by Pat Cashman /  cashmanphotography.ie

Gareth Lappin during last year's Irish Close at Connemara. Picture by Pat Cashman / cashmanphotography.ie

Ulster golfers Gareth Lappin and Stephanie Meadow are showing form on the US collegiate circuit.

Meadow, a student at University of Alabama University, finished joint individual winner of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan recently while freshman Lappin made a big contribution for Michigan State University, winning all three of his matches in the Big Ten Match Play at the Concession Golf Club in Florida.

Meadow, 22, is in her final year in the US and she looks likely to rise from her current position of No 4 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

 Stephanie Meadow

Stephanie Meadow

After opening with a 75 she added a pair of 68s to finish tied for top spot in Puerto Rico with Purdue's Aurora Kim.

Meadow has now won nine times on the US college circuit, three times more than any other player in the history of women's golf at the University of Alabama. She is expected to turn professional later this year.

Irish Boys champion in 2012, Belvoir Park star Lappin won all three of his matches against Michigan University, Penn State University and Wisconsin University — by 5&4, 4&2 and one hole with figures of approximately three under par for the holes played.

"It was a good week for our guys," said Michigan State head coach Casey Lubahn. "We only lost four of our 15 individual matches this weekend and got good production from all our guys. 

"We had a couple positive spring debuts from Gareth [Blease] and Gareth [Lappin]. It bodes well for the rest of our spring, as we enter stroke play in a couple weeks."