Olivia Mehaffey grabs an ace and a W at NorthgrupGrumman

Bernie McGuire
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Olivia Mehaffey grabs an ace and a W at NorthgrupGrumman

Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey, the 12th-ranked amateur women’s golfer in the world, playing for her college team Arizona State earned a place on top of the leaderboard on day one and played well enough to stay there throughout the NorthropGrumman Regional Challenge.

Mehaffey was joined in the top spot by co-medalists Kaitlyn Papp (Texas) and Lilia Vu (UCLA), who is the second-ranked amateur women’s golfer internationally.

Mehaffey’s carded 11 birdies across the tournament which was tied for third-most individually and she was one of only 10 to record an eagle (hole-in-one on day one) in the 96-player field.

“We are thrilled for Olivia to have her first collegiate win at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge,” said head coach Missy Farr Kaye. “This is an outstanding field and a great win for any elite collegiate player; a top-five finish for us as a team is a solid week as well.”

Also in the field were Leona Maguire (Duke University) who had a difficult start with 75 but she recovered for a second round 66 before a final round 77 left her T18 and Lisa Maguire who came in T41 after rounds of 74, 76, 76

UCLA won the overall team event by four strokes from Alabama.

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