Mehaffey leads Irish challenge in European Women’s Amateur Championship
Royal County Down golfer six behind the leader after posting an opening 70
Olivia Mehaffey: carded an opening two-under par 70 at the European Women’s Amateur Championship at Penati in Slovakia. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty
The 20-year-old Curtis Cup player has a decent record at this tournament; bagging bronze in Sweden in 2016 while last year was a top-ten finisher in Switzerland.
Mehaffey made a solid enough start to her latest bid here yesterday with an opening two-under round of 70.
She reached the turn one-under (35) after a birdie at the fifth and followed that up with back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13 – and it would have been a faultless round but for a bogey on the last.
Meanwhile, three birdies in four holes from the 13th was the highlight for Lurgan’s Annabel Wilson as she opened with a one-under 71.
Wilson had a difficult start, as she dropped two strokes at the fifth and then had a bogey at the sixth, but recovered with a birdie on seven before that hat-trick of birdies on her back nine.
Forrest Little’s Julie McCarthy and Lisburn’s Paula Grant both signed for a level par 72 as did defending champion Agathe Laisne from France.
Jessica Ross from Clandeboye was one-under through 14 but finished on 75 after bogeys on the final four holes.