Olivia Mehaffey endured a rough return to competitive golf as the Tandragee woman shot a seven-over-par 80 in the opening round of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open at Vipingo Ridge.
The elites of the Ladies European Tour were met with difficult conditions in the LET’s season-opener, with just 11 of the 96-strong field finishing the day in red figures.
Mehaffey, who’d taken a self-imposed period of exile following a rough 2022 amidst testing personal circumstances, got off to a bumpy start, with bogeys at the par-4 first and third holes sandwiching a double-bogey at the par-5 second, leaving the former Arizona State Sun Devil at four-over through three holes.
Further bogeys followed at the sixth and ninth holes, another double-bogey at the eighth, with a birdie-three on the seventh the only real positive note on an otherwise opening nine to forget.
Having made the turn at +7, Mehaffey steadied the ship, carding one birdie, one bogey and seven pars for a level-par 36 on the back nine, leaving her tied for 65th at +7.
The early pace is being set by India’s Aditi Ashok, who posted four birdies and an eagle on her opening-nine holes to take command, and picked up another stroke on the way in to post a six-under-par 73, four stokes ahead of a seven-way tie for second-place at -2.
The event is being live streamed on the LET website, and can be found by clicking here.
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