Scarva teenager seals Irish Open trophy treble with play-off triumph

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’s Olivia Mehaffey signed off on her youth status last weekend by wrapping up an Irish Girls’ Open Strokeplay Championship hat-trick.

A final appearance in the under 18s’ tournament proved one to remember at Roganstown with success on the second play-off hole.

“My two previous wins came about with decent margins but I did not feel any nerves going into the play-off,” said the Tandragee club player. “It was a great way to sign off my final year with the under 18s, especially up against what I considered a really tough field.

“It may be a testing scenario but that is why we work so hard to prepare for such events and I knew if I played well I had a great chance.

“I was pretty calm going into the play-off and feel it was a good example of how I am becoming more mature in my game.”

The teenager had little opportunity to reflect on her achievement, however, before heading off this week to Scotland.

My decision this year is to play less golf but focus on certain tournaments

Olivia Mehaffey

“I have the Scottish Amateur then it is Wales in early May.

“My decision this year is to play less golf but focus on certain tournaments.

“Playing in France and Spain for the first time earlier this season helped add to my experience and the goal is to keep on working hard.”