Mehaffey turning to the familiar away from home

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

Olivia Mehaffey has clocked up plenty of air miles along with her string of strong results during a memorable season.

However, the Scarva teenager maintains a sense of familiarity within the wide range of cultures and courses on her path to progress.

Mehaffey returned from Austria on Sunday to enjoy a few days home before a weekend trip to Scotland ahead of the Home Internationals commitments.

That latest high-flying adventure in Austria left Mehaffey as Ireland’s leading representative with a four-under-par finish on the way to 24th overall at the International European Ladies’ Amateur Championship.

“It has been quite hectic this season but a brilliant experience and I am playing with real confidence,” said the Tandragee Golf Club member. “But I am able to stay relaxed despite so much travel because the routine and drills remain the same.

“I have a programme that works for me and I stick to that before every tournament.

“That way, I am relaxed and then can hopefully feel confidence on the course, especially thanks to my consistency this season.

“It was another good week in Austria, with everything in terms of weather from heatwaves to thunderstorms.

“A big part of why this season has been so special must be getting to spend time in different countries and experience different cultures.”

Mehaffey’s focus will now turn to the Home Internationals with Ireland on two fronts.

The Irish Girls line out at Lanark in Scotland from next Wednesday, with Chris Jelly from Portadown the team coach.

Mehaffey has also been called up for the Irish Ladies’ Home International team to tackle Royal Wimbledon from September 9-11.

“Once you hit the middle of September that is really the end of my season so it is about putting that work in for the next few months,” said Mehaffey. “I have put in a lot of hard work so far and benefit from a brilliant support team towards my development.

“The Home Internationals will be very exciting and I am still pushing for a place on the Junior Solheim Cup squad, which would be a wonderful experience.”