Friday 24 November 2017

Mehaffey misses out in Ladies Open bid

Olivia Mehaffey
Olivia Mehaffey

Olivia Mehaffey failed in her bid to become the second Northern Ireland winner of the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship in four years.

The promising 17-year-old from Royal County Down, who has lifted the Welsh and Scottish Ladies Open stroke-play titles and the Irish Girls this season, was beaten 5&4 in the semi-finals at Portstewart by Sweden's Linea Strom.

Strom (18) lost 4&3 in the windswept 18-hole final to Celine Boutier.

Mehaffey was bidding to follow in the footsteps of Stephanie Meadow, who won at Carnoustie in 2012, but faced an uphill task against a player with a handicap of plus 4.9 - the lowest of any of the last four players.

Strom won four holes in a row from the fourth courtesy of three birdies and a par; Mehaffey won the ninth but made a mess of the 11th.

The Swede went five up with six to play with her fourth birdie of the round at the short 12th and two birdies after that settled the issue.

Strom was unable to reproduce her semi-final form in the final.

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