Olivia Mehaffey defends Welsh Ladies Strokeplay

Olivia Mehaffey
Olivia Mehaffey

Olivia Mehaffey celebrated her Curtis Cup selection in style by successfully defending the Welsh Ladies Open Strokeplay title at Conway GC on Sunday.

The Scarva teenager closed the three round event with a level par 73 (220) to wrap up a five shot victory over fellow Ulster player, Jessica Ross (QUB).

Donaghadee golfer Ross finished her tournament with a best-of-the-day, one under 72.

Maria Dunne (Skerries), who was also included in the Curtis Cup squad, ended the tournament in ninth place.

Meanwhile, Jim Carvill (Banbridge) and William Blackwood (Ardglass) won the UIster Scratch Foursomes with scores of 77/71 (148) at Malone GC.

Nicholas McClay (Larne) and Colin McGucken (Cairndhu) finished one shot back in second after rounds 77/72.

Defending champion Desmond Shearer and Peter McHugh (Malone) led the way after round one with a 74, two shots clear of the field.

Unfortunately, a second round 77 saw them finish three shots behind the eventual winners.