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Olivia Mehaffey (Royal County Down Ladies)
Olivia Mehaffey (Royal County Down Ladies)

Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL) claimed the Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship with a final round 75 over Royal Troon on a wild and windy day on the Ayrshire coast.

Mehaffey, a senior Irish international who won the Irish Girls U-18 Open Strokeplay title for the third successive year last Sunday, admitted that it had been a tough final round and patience was the key.

She finished on four over par 220, with French 18-year-old Anais Meyssonnier in second place on 221 after a 78 and Shannon McWilliam on 222.

“The last six holes were brutal,” said Mehaffey, from Royal County Down.

“But I am delighted. This is my first senior international event, definitely the best thing I’ve won so far.

“In the autumn, I am going to Arizona State University and , eventually, I want to turn professional.”

Linnea Strom, the Swede who led by one going into the final round, had an 82 and was tied for fourth place on 224.