Mehaffey opens with a 74 in strong winds at Tipsport Czech Ladies Open

Mark McGowan

Olivia Mehaffey (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Olivia Mehaffey shot an opening two-over 74 in blustery conditions at the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open in Beroun to finish the day tied for 46th, but just six strokes off the lead.

In testing winds, the Tandragee woman would card four birdies, but these were offset by four bogeys and a double at the par-5 fifth hole, but she’s inside the cutline – which will be implemented after 36 holes – and just four off the top 10.

Two eagles, three birdies and one bogey propelled the 22-year-old rookie golf professional into a three-stroke lead on six-under-par after 15 holes, before she lost a ball on the 16th tee and ran up a triple bogey seven. However, she battled back to finish with a birdie on the 18th hole to edge one stroke ahead of four other players.


“It was pretty up and down. There were two eagles and a triple, so it was a real mixed bag, but overall I played pretty well, so I’m not going to look too hard into 16 and it was nice to finish strongly, with a birdie on 18,” said Dawson, who has planted the Manx flag on the LET leaderboard for the first time.

“On the first par three, [the fourth], my ball landed on the edge of the hole and it went about eight feet by, so I thought that was maybe a sign early on and then I holed out for eagle from about 145 yards as well on 13. I can’t remember the last time I holed out from more than 10 yards, so that was a bonus. It was a blind green so to see my ball disappear was actually a good thing for a change.

“On 16, I think I just picked the wind a bit wrong, rushed a bit and then I leaked it a touch right and thought it would be okay. I got down there and I couldn’t find it. I went back and then around 30 seconds later it was okay. That’s always a bit annoying. You’d prefer to just think it’s gone. I dropped a few there but then after that par, birdie finish, I’m over it.

“Obviously there’s a long way to go, but I putted quite nicely so if I can keep doing that, we’ll see. There are two more rounds to play.”

Ana Peláez Trivino from Spain is tied for second with Celine Herbin of France, Ursula Wikstrom from Finland and Diksha Dagar of India on three-under-par 69 at Royal Beroun Golf Club.

New Zealanders Wenyung Keh and Momoka Kobori are tied for sixth place with fellow rookie Alexandra Forsterling, Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord and Sweden’s Linnea Johansson on two-under-par 70.

Earlier in the day, Sweden’s Louise Stahle made a hole-in-one on the 11th using a 7-iron. Moments earlier, she was recalling the hole-in-one that she recorded on the same hole, in the same round, in the same tournament, last year. The only difference was that she used a 9-iron to make the ace 12 months ago.


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