Scarva girl Olivia Mehaffey was the leading Irish lady in the International European Ladies Amateur Championship at the weekend.
The 17 year-old finished tied 24th in Austria’s Murhof Golf Club.
She was the only Irishwoman to make the cut after the first three rounds.
Up against Europe’s top amateur golfers, Olivia was never going to have it all her own way, and she could even have finished a lot further up the leaderboard.
What stopped her was a disappointing second round score of five over par 77.
Olivia’s other three rounds were good enough to put her in contention for a finish very near the top of the pile.
She finished up at -2 for the four round tournament, 14 shots behind eventual winner Maria Parra Luque.
Had her second round matched her other three scores of 70, 71 and 68, Olivia would have put herself in the frame.
However, this was still an overall performance to be proud of.
Olivia made the tournament cut by three shots, the only player to do so.
And she wasn’t content to leave it there, saving her best round of a four under par 68 for the final day.
Olivia couldn’t have ended the tournament on a much higher note, even carding birdies at her last three holes to secure her tied 24th place finish.
The local girl’s hard work, however, is far from over.
Next up on her radar is the Girls’ Home Internationals at Scotland’s Lanark Golf Club on 5-7 August. That is quickly followed by the Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship from 10th-14th August at West Kilbride GC.
That tournament is the final qualification stage for September’s Junior Solheim Cup.
Olivia is placed in the all important top six of the European team’s qualifying process. The tournament will be played before September’s Solheim Cup at the same course .