Mehaffey adds to roll of honour with top spot in Order of Merit

Olivia Mehaffey. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Olivia Mehaffey. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Scarva’s Olivia Mehaffey received her latest boost last week with confirmation of success in the Ladies’ Golf Union Order of Merit.

The 17-year-old member of Tandragee has enjoyed a superb season and is currently preparing for the closing stages across the Home Internationals.

The Royal Wimbledon-hosted event will serve as the final competition before Mehaffey heads off to Germany for the high-profile Junior Solheim Cup.

Mehaffey’s position at the top of the Order of Merit will now result in full exemption to the 2016 Ricoh Women’s British Open at Woburn.

One condition of her pass is that Mehaffey must maintain her amateur status until the championship.

However, the teenager has confirmed her plan to avoid turning professional.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be in the field for the Ricoh Women’s British Open,” said Mehaffey. “I have had an absolutely amazing season and it is fantastic to finish it off by winning the Order of Merit.

“I am looking forward to the Home Internationals at Royal Wimbledon and, of course, I really am working hard to be in the Curtis Cup team for Dun Laoghaire.”

Mehaffey has clocked up tournament wins this season in Ireland, Scotland and Wales - alongside selection for the Vagliano Trophy and Junior Solheim Cup.

Her most recent tournament outing ended with runner-up at the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship.

That Leeds appearance also led to the presentation of the Holden Trophy to Mehaffey as tournament runner=up and the Duncan Salver for lowest score from a player under 23 years old.

Her focus will switch to the Home Internationals at Royal Wimbledon across September 9-11 before a visit to Germany for the Junior Solheim Cup.

The Junior Solheim Cup will run across September 14-15 as Mehaffey prepares to sign off on a superb season.