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TWO of the district’s bright young golfers have been called up to represent Ireland at one of golf’s prestigious youth tournaments.

Olivia Mehaffey and Luke Woods have been selected to play for an U16 boys and girls team at the European Young Masters Golf Championship at Royal Balaton Golf Club, Hungary.

It is a creditable achievement for these young golfers to play in such a prestigious tournament. Previous winners of this tournament include Sergio Garcia and Italian sensation Matteo Manassero in the boys, and Suzanne Patterson in the girls.

And there was further good news for Olivia as she was also named to play in the Irish Girls U-18 team to play in Sardinia, Italy in early July. Olivia is the youngest player selected for the team at only 13 years of age.

Luke and Olivia have been playing great golf this year to merit these selections.

Luke has played for Ireland this year on the U16 boys team which won the Four Nations development in Scotland at Easter. Luke is also a prominent member of the Banbridge Golf Club Senior Cup and Barton Shield teams.

Olivia, a member of Royal County Down Ladies Golf Club and Tandragee Golf Club, has already had a busy season with her first main competition being the Munster Girls U18, in which Olivia finished third.

Just two weeks ago, Olivia competed in the European U13 Championship at Gullane in Scotland where 42 countries took part.

Olivia finished second in this tournament and played in the Van Horn Cup, equivalent to the Ryder Cup for Europe against the Rest Of The World,winning her match against oppenents for Japan and Venezuela.

Oliva would like to thank Mr. Bell, of Banbridge High School for all his support.