Olivia Mehaffey has taken to social media to express how difficult the last few weeks have been following the death of her Dad, Philip on December 3 after a long battle with cancer.
The Co. Down star fulfilled her Father’s final wish over the last two weeks, competing bravely at Ladies European Tour Q-School where she just missed out on full playing privileges for next season after a final hole double-bogey at Final Stage.
The two-time Curtis Cupper, who earned legendary status as an amateur with Arizona State, arrived to La Manga Resort this month with a brave face on after her Dad told those at his bedside to “make sure that girl goes to Spain”.
Now, after finishing a single stroke outside the full card recipients after five gruelling rounds of final stage and four before that, Mehaffey has expressed just how difficult these last few weeks have been having lost her number one fan to a dreadful illness that continues to affect the lives of so many.
“It’s hard for me to find the words to write this and sum up the last couple of months. It has been by far the toughest I have ever experienced,” Mehaffey wrote.
— Olivia Mehaffey (@OliviaMehaffey) December 21, 2021
“I learnt many things from my dad since I was a young girl. But over the last year I have learned more from him than I could ever imagine. Watching his strength, determination, amazing attitude, positivity and gratefulness while his health deteriorated was truly admirable.
“This is the manner in which I promise to strive to live the rest of my life. I love you always, dad, and miss you every day already! (3-12-21)
“Finding the strength and bravery to come to Spain and compete as my dad’s final wish is something I am proud of. Putting a brave face on, being away from home and feeling broken inside while competing for nine rounds was pretty tough for me.
“Thank you to my family, friends and sponsors who have been so supportive and caring over the last few weeks.”
Mehaffey will go into the 2022 season with conditional status on both the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA’s second-tier Symetra Tour.