Mehaffey returns to the winners' circle

​​Olivia Mehaffey wins the Bruin Wave Invitational in California

  • 27 February 2019

​Caption: Olivia Mehaffey and her ASU teammates at the Bruin Wave Invitational

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In a field that included US Amateur finalist Albane Valenzuela and a number of past US Curtis Cup players, Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL) finished best of the bunch at the Bruin Wave Invitational played at San Luis Obispo Country Club yesterday.

The Arizona State University (ASU) Junior had a mediocre start, a first round 76, but rallied to finish with rounds of 71 and 73 to secure a one shot victory over Petra Salko of Oregon. 

In February 2018, at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Mehaffey earned co-medallist honours marking her first collegiate win however this week’s result is her first outright victory which also resulted in a top-3 finish for the ASU team. 

Mehaffey isn’t the only Irish player making an impression recently on the US College circuit. Her win comes just one week after Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) recorded her best result since beginning her studies at Auburn in August 2017. Difficult conditions hampered play at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate but McCarthy carded scores of 76, 69 and 72 to finish in 3rd place, one shot short of victory.
Caption: Julie McCarthy (Auburn) (Photo: Golffile)

The Arizona State University Sun Devils next travel to the Arizona Wildcat Invitational in mid-March while the Auburn women’s team take on the Darius Rucker Invitational from March 8th.