Scotland success as Mehaffey secures back-to-back honours

Scarva's Olivia Mehaffey with her Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship prize at Royal Troon.
Scarva's Olivia Mehaffey with her Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship prize at Royal Troon.
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Olivia Mehaffey has highlighted hours spent away from the course with her coaching team as crucial to this season’s superb form.

The Scarva teenager signed off on her final under 18s’ Irish Girls’ Open Strokeplay Championship by completing a title treble before securing back-to-back honours last weekend in Scotland.

Mehaffey posted a final round of 75 across difficult conditions at Royal Troon to wrap up the Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship.

“It was great to get the Irish hat-trick win on my final year but the title in Scotland is definitely my biggest victory so far,” she said. “It was such a strong field and I love Troon but have never played in such tough winds.

“I just had to grind it out over the last six holes but my confidence is really high.

“It has been great to get the rewards for the hard work put in with help from my coaching team.

“I am hitting a lot better now and just going into tournaments thinking about my own game.

LOUGHGALL

Cecil Brownlee was the latest winner of the Murder Mystery NI-sponsored Weekly Challenge at Loughgall thanks to 45 points to see off David McRoberts and Stephen Magill.

Keith Johnston, the current holder of the course record, won the gross.

The PGA Stroke on Saturday featured Alan Mills in top spot with 68 nett over Kevin McCoy and Alan Magill. Jamie Mulholland was the leading gross scorer.

Sean McCann put 43 points on the board for the Trustees-sponsored weekend event. Nelson Weir and Ian Gordon were next in line, with Jonathan McNabb the top gross scorer.

The section winners were: 0-12 - Liam McArdle; 13-18 - James O’Hagan; 19-plus - Robert Mawhinney; front nine - Sam Jenkins; back nine - Eddie Millar; senior - Walter Beattie.

Clive Currie’s Ulster Cup players left Ardminnan with a 5-2 lead ahead of the home leg on May 10.