Olivia Mehaffey is among just four players who have been selected to play for Great Britain and Ireland in the Astor Trophy, which is taking place at Royal Colwood in Canada from 28 August- September 1.
The Banbridge star, alongside England’s Lily May Humphreys, was an automatic pick based on her lofty 16th place standing in the World Amateur Golf Rankings as she nears a return to competitive action following injury.
It’s been a long road to recovery for Mehaffey who missed out on a summer’s worth of golf when suffering a heavy fall on a family hike two months ago. It meant the heartbreak of missing out on the Women’s Amateur at her home course of Royal County Down, amongst other tournaments passing the ambitions amateur by.
However, the Arizona State star, whose summers have been packed to the gills with golf since she first picked up a club, might just benefit from a rare few weeks off as she recharges the batteries ahead of a return to competitive action.
Mehaffey and Humphreys will be joined by Women’s Amateur champion Emily Toy and Alice Hewson, who won the European Ladies Amateur Championship last weekend and the proposition of a rested and raring to go Mehaffey might just spell trouble to anyone she faces come go time.
The Astor Trophy is held once every four years between teams from Australia, Canada, Great Britain & Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa. Each country is represented by 4 players and each country contests foursomes and singles match play in a round robin format.