Olivia Mehaffey was rewarded at the weekend for her stunning early-season form which saw her clinch an unprecedented hat-trick of title triumphs when she was named in the Great Britain and Ireland side hoping to wrest the Vagliano Trophy away from the Continent of Europe at Malone later this month.
The 17-year-old Royal County Down star who hails from Banbridge won the Irish Girls Open, the Helen Holm Scottish Open stroke-play championship and Welsh Ladies Open stroke-play championship earlier in the season and she will next year go to Arizona State University to maintain her developemnt.
Mehaffey is one of two Irish players in the nine-strong team for Malone, the other being the 20-year-old Slieve Russell twin Leona Maguire, currently ranked the number one golfer in the womens world rankings.
Castleroy’s Chloe Ryan after some good performances is unfortunate not to be named she is second reserve.
Great Britain and Ireland will be aiming to halt one of their worst Vagliano Trophy runs – they have lost the last four biennial fixtures.
Six of the team are English and just one Welsh with no Scottish players but the side is captained by a former Curtis Cup player from Scotland in Elaine Farquharson-Black who will be hoping to spearhead an unlikely victory.
In the junior Vagliano team playing concurrently with the seniors at Malone on June 27 and 28 there are two players – Lurgan’s Annabel Wilson and Maireed Martin of Killarney who have been chosen to fly the Irish flag.