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Our Olivia hits back in style to defend her Welsh crown

By Robert Jones

Published 03/05/2016

Tom McKibbin in action
Tom McKibbin in action
Tom McKibbin and Rory McIlroy

Olivia Mehaffey has made up for her disappointment at relinquishing the Scottish Open title by comfortably defending her Welsh Ladies Open stroke-play crown.

Horrendous conditions in Troon contributed to the 18-year-old surrendering her title a week ago, but she celebrated her call-up to the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team, who will face the USA at Royal County Down, by winning at a canter in the north-Wales coastal town of Conwy.

Banbridge girl Mehaffey shot 79 in a less than inspiring opening round, but was still well in contention. She took control on day two with a bogey-free five under par 68.

A final round of 73 saw her take victory by five shots from Donaghadee's Jessica Ross.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland's World Junior champion Tom McKibbin will join Rory McIlroy in the pro-am event ahead of this month's Irish Open at the K Club.

McIlroy has invited the teenage prospect to join him on the course after hearing about his impressive victory at last year's World Junior Championship.

Newtownabbey youngster McKibbin is just 13-years-old, but McIlroy won the World Junior Championships at the age of nine.

The prospect of playing with the World No.3 doesn't faze McKibbin, as he said: "Not only do I get a day off school, but I get to play alongside one of the best golfers in the world."

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