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Rising stars Mehaffey and Maguire get Curtis Cup call

By Peter Hutcheson

Olivia Mehaffey's dream has come true with selection for the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team to take on the United States at Dun Laoghaire in June.

The Royal County Down star is one of three Irish players in the eight-strong team - and one of two 18-year-olds called up - along with Cavan's 21-year-old Leona Maguire, who plays at Slieve Russell, and Maria Dunne of Skerries.

"Dreamed about this day for a long time. So honoured to be selected to represent GB&I in the Curtis Cup! Roll on June," Olivia tweeted last night ahead of the showdown outside Dublin from June 10 to 12.

The Banbridge teenager, who is number nine in the World Amateur Rankings, is on a tremendous run, winning a host of tournaments on her way to capturing the LGU Order of Merit title and with it a place in this year's Ricoh Women's British Open.

She has also played for Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup.

In August, Olivia will enrol at Arizona State University on a four-year course.

Leona - a student at Duke University, North Carolina - has been ranked the world's number one amateur since May 2015.

Leona played in the 2010 and 2012 Curtis Cup matches and has also played for Europe in Junior Ryder Cup and Junior Solheim Cup matches against the US.

Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) is the other 18-year-old on the team, which also includes Bronte Law (Bramhall), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall) and Charlotte Thomas (Moonah Links).

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