Teenager Mehaffey sparkles at Scottish Stroke Play
Teenager Olivia Mehaffey made a persuasive case for a place on the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team with a brilliant seven-under-par 68 on the Old Course at Royal Troon yesterday.
Irish girls champion Mehaffey (16), who plays for Royal Co Down, propelled herself into third place at the Scottish Ladies Stroke Play Championship with a faultless effort on one of the toughest venues on the British Open rota.
Mehaffey had five birdies and an eagle (at the par-five 15th) as she compiled the best score (by three strokes) in the final round.
Sadly, her victory prospects had been dented on Saturday when she followed up Friday's two-under 73 with a second-round 79 to complete the opening 36 holes on the Portland Course in two-over.
Mehaffey finished on five-under – six shy of winner Annabel Dimmock of Wentworth and three behind Connie Jaffrey of Troon Ladies.
Castletroy's Chloe Ryan shared fourth on four-under after a closing 74. Sinead Sexton of Lahinch was tied seventh on one-under following at 77, while Amy Farrell of Moate hoisted herself into 12th with a two-under 73.