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Olivia Mehaffey named as finalist for prestigious college golf award

Big prize: Olivia Mehaffey after superb win in Pac-12 Championship at Palos Verdes, California
Big prize: Olivia Mehaffey after superb win in Pac-12 Championship at Palos Verdes, California
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Northern Irish golfer Olivia Mehaffey's fine recent form has seen her become one of ten finalists for the ANNIKA Award.

The award, named after legendary women's golfer Annika Sorenstam and presented by Stifel, is handed out to the top collegiate golfer across the course of the season.

This is the second year in a row Mehaffey has made the list after finishing inside the top-15 last season as a member of the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Undoubtedly her recent play is what has got her into the top-10 after winning the Pac-12 Individual Championship and finishing tied at the top at the Norman Regional.

Mehaffey was named Pac-12 Golfer of the Month in April and is now No.7 in the NCAA rankings, which has brought her back into contention for the ANNIKA Award.

She has been a key part of the Sun Devils' success this season, giving them their highest conference finish since 2016 and helping them into the NCAA Championship.

Her competition is headlined by the World No.1 women's amateur Jennifer Kupcho, the inaugural winner of the Augusta National Women's Amateur, and last year's winner Maria Fassi.

The winner, who will receive an invitation to the final Major of the year, the Evian Championship later this summer, will be announced on June 4.

A former winner of the award is Ireland's Leona Maguire, who won it in 2015 while with Duke.

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