Olivia Mehaffey hoping to keep stellar run going

Olivia Mehaffey
Olivia Mehaffey

Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey will look to make it four-from-four at the Irish Women’s Open Amateur Strokeplay which gets under way on Saturday at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club.

Having already been crowned Irish Girls’ Open Strokeplay Champion at Roganstown in mid-April, Mehaffey will now look to capture the Home Union Hat-trick having already won the Scottish and Welsh Women’s Amateur titles within the past three weeks.

Her biggest challenge will come from the host of English competitors who have travelled in the hope of attracting the attention of the GB&I selectors who will name the Vagliano Trophy next week.

Inci Mehmet, Sophie Keech, Alice Hewson, Bethan Popel and Sophie Lamb are just a few of the English amateurs who have the made the trip and are joined by Austrian International Isabella Holpfer in this year’s lineup.

Aside from Mehaffey, the Irish challenge looks likely to be led by Irish Champion Mary Doyle (The Heath) and the in-form Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) and Maria Dunne (Skerries) who will also be hoping to make an impression on the GB&I selectors.

With the Tournament qualifying as a Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking (WWAGR) event, Ireland will also look to defend the Nations Cup they collected last year ahead of England.

With one third of the strong quality field playing off scratch or lower, the Irish party will face stiff competition if they are to wrestle the trophy from overseas hands.

Competitors will play two strokeplay rounds on Saturday with the top 40 making the cut for the final 18 holes on Sunday as the leaders tee off at the end of the field.

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