Mehaffey to lead out Irish Ladies in Wales

Olivia Mehaffey. Pic by Matt Browne/Sportsfile.
Olivia Mehaffey. Pic by Matt Browne/Sportsfile.

Royal County Down Ladies’ star Olivia Mehaffey, will lead out the Ireland ladies team for the forthcoming home international series in two weeks’ time.

Mehaffey from Scarva moved up one place in the World Amateur Golf Rankings recently to number 6.

Joining Mehaffey will be Curtis Cup player Maria Dunne (Skerries), Jessica Carty (Holywood), Louise Coffey (Malone), Paula Grant (Lisburn), Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) and Sinead Sexton (Lahinch).

With all the players having international experience, Olivia will be aiming to lead her team to victory at the Conwy Club in Wales from 3-5 August 2016

Ireland is also putting forward an exceptionally strong girls’ team, which includes Niamh McSherry and Annabel Wilson from Lurgan.

Joining Niamh and Annabel will be two of Killarney’s top golfers, Valerie Clancy and Mairead Martin.

The rest of the Irish girls team are Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little), Rachel Thompson (Cork) and Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden).

Annabel Wilson (15) from Lurgan had a superb performance at the European Team Championships and subsequently at the Junior British Open, where she finished ninth.

Annabel has represented Ireland on an international stage for both the girls’ and ladies and similar to McCarthy she has two Irish Girls Close Championships under her belt.

It will be a first international cap for Castlewarden’s Lauren Walsh, who has showcased her talent and consistency throughout the year.

Leinster, Ulster and Irish Girls Champion, Julie McCarthy is proving unstoppable and is dominating Irish Under-18 golf.

The girls team’s first reserve is Lisa O’Shea (Shannon)

The Irish Girls Home International team will play at Conwy Golf Club from 3-5 August 2016 under team captain: Gemma Butler, team manager: Irene Poynton and team coach: Chris Jelly.