Mehaffey bids farewell to ASU as NCAA cancels season

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Olivia Mehaffey’s incredible stint at Arizona State has come to a premature end after the NCAA cancelled the remainder of the 2020 season due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

Mehaffey is a three-time All-American who had the chance to become just the third four-time All-American in the school’s history.

Instead, she’ll be left to reflect on an incredible college career before plotting her next move in the game of golf.

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“It breaks my heart to end my college career this way,” said Mehaffey. “But I am forever grateful for the past four years at ASU. Thankful for all the memories, growth and fun with a group of amazing people. Thank you to everyone for making my college experience special. Forever and always a Sun Devil.”

The Tandragee and Royal County Down player is now ranked 14th on the world amateur golf rankings and represented Great Britain & Ireland in the battle for the 2019 Astor Trophy.

She competed at the first ever Augusta National Women’s Amateur last April and was expected to compete in her second this year before accepting an invite to compete in the year’s first Major, the ANA Inspiration.

That event has since been cancelled also as the LPGA and Symetra Tours responded to the coronavirus fears but whatever happens in the coming weeks for golf, the impression Olivia Mehaffey’s left on Arizona State will be a lasting one.

“My heart is broken today that I will not get to coach Olivia Mehaffey one more day in college golf,” said Missy Kaye at ASU. “It has been my pleasure and honour to coach you these past four years. You truly are a Sun Devil four life!”

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