Mehaffey to call on boost from strong form in British challenge at Portstewart

Scarva's Olivia Mehaffey enjoys her under 18s' Irish Girls' Open Strokeplay success with parents Evelyn and Philip. Pic by Pat Cashman/GUI.
Scarva's Olivia Mehaffey enjoys her under 18s' Irish Girls' Open Strokeplay success with parents Evelyn and Philip. Pic by Pat Cashman/GUI.
  • Scarva player out at Portstewart
  • Great run of results by Tandragee member
  • British progress the target
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Scarva’s Olivia Mehaffey entered her Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship challenge this week aiming to build on the boost provided by tournament wins in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Tandragee player will be hoping to feature at Portstewart in tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) final day of play.

Stephen Shortt collected the Dickson Cup open stroke prize at Tandragee on Saturday thanks to nett 67.

Playing off his eight handicap, a four-over-par round of gross 75 left Shortt first in the Tayto-sponsored competition.

James Anderson was next home on nett 68 - leading the run of four players on that same tally but securing runners-up position courtesy of nett 31.5 over the countback.

Andrew Williamson posted nett 32, Jamie Donaldson was on nett 33 and Geoff Gray finished with nett 35.5.

Gavin McDonald came home sixth on nett 69 at the expense of Chris McGladdery.

A 73 left James Hewitt top of the gross standings, with the back-six return helping him home.

William Fyfe was named the leading senior on nett 69, with the countback again decisive.

The Club Stableford on Sunday was won by Robin Hanlon thanks to 43 points off his 21 handicap.

Colin Hyndes was second on 37 points, with Paul Moody losing out by a single point over the back-nine scoring.

The Friday Open Stroke featured Paul Topley top on nett 67 off his three handicap.

He returned a round of one-under-par 70, including a first leg that featured a birdie on the eighth.

A double bogey across the 12th proved a setback before Topley recovered with birdies across the 15th and 17th holes to complete the return journey in level par.

Benjamin Boyd was second on nett 69.

Haldane Fisher provided sponsorship of the Open Mixed Greensomes - with Helen Fleming and Greg Bannerman first on Sunday with 44 points.

Bannerman’s brother, Mark, teamed up with lady captain Dolores Hamill to claim second on 38 points.

The pairing of Ed Richardson and Barbara Richardson finished third with 37 points.

In the ladies’ section, Lynn Moorhead posted nett 73 in section one and Lorraine Grimley was the section two winner on nett 74. Shirley Cole came home first on nett 77 to top section three.