After Moroccan adventure Mehaffey focuses on inter-pro challenge

Olivia Mehaffey (pic by Pat Cashman)

Olivia Mehaffey (pic by Pat Cashman)

It was back to porridge for Olivia Mehaffey today after her superb efforts in Morocco at the weekend.
The teenager was rightly lauded for making the cut on her debut in a professional event, but she had little time to savour the moment, returning to school with GCSE exams on the horizon.
Mehaffey exceeded everyone’s expectations, including her own at the Lalla Meryem Cup, won by rising English star, Charley Hull. The 16-year-old Royal County Down Ladies member carded rounds of 72/73/71/71 at Golf de l’Ocean in Adadir to finish tied for 47th. Ireland’s Rebecca Codd tied for 12th.
“It was a bit intimidating on the first couple of days when I arrived and saw all the players you normally see on television but after a while you just get on with things,” said the Irish Girls’ champion who earned her invitation thanks to her Faldo Series performances last year.
“I met a few of the girls I played with in the amateur tournaments and practised with them which helped me settle in before the tournament got underway.”
Coached by Kevan Whitson at RCD, Olivia approached the tournament as a welcome learning experience and has returned home with a ‘few areas to work on’.
She added; “One of the things I noticed was the ability of the players to shape the ball. I was watching players like Vikki Lang and Pamela Pretswell hitting fades or draws comfortably. Those are the things I need to look at.”
With exams to prepare for, Olivia’s early season schedule is relatively sparse but she will be making her senior inter-provincial debut next month (April 15-17) at Tramore GC, as Ulster try to the retain the title they won last year at Castle Dargan in Co Sligo.
Ulster have named a strong line-up with includes the Maguire twins who are bound for a US collegiate career.
The Ulster team also shows three changes from the side that won last year with Jess Carty, Paula Grant and Lucy Simpson unavailable. Niamh Ward (Lurgan), Chloe Weir (Shandon Park) and Olivia are the able replacements.

Ulster: Victoria Bradshaw (Bangor), Louise Coffey (Malone), Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell), Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell), Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co. Down Ladies), Jessica Ross (Donaghadee), Niamh Ward (Lurgan), Chloe Weir (Shandon Park)
Reserves: Niamh McSherry (Lurgan), Amy Chambers (Dunfanaghy), Kelsey Coey (Clandeboye)
Captain: Marilyn Henderson




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