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Wednesday 23rd January 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 23.1.19 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Padraig Harrington Tom McKibbin posted a closing 70 to celebrate his first event of the New Year with a sixth place finish in the Boy's Junior Orange Bowl Champi- onship at Coral Cables in Florida. McKibbin (15) birdied two of his closing four holes for an eventual one-under-par four round total on the Donald Ross designed Biltmore course just to the south of Miami having posted earlier rounds of 73, 73 and 67. The Holywood golfer finished 11 shots be- hind 18-year old Italian Andrea Romano who sensationally eagled the par-5 18th to close with a two-under par 69 to win by four shots at 12-under par. GRANT ENJOYS FRUITFUL WEEKEND AT SOUTH AMERICAN AMATEUR Paula Grant signed off on an en- couraging trip to Chile with a one- under-par 71 to finish in a share of 14th spot at the South American Amateur Championship. The experienced Lisburn cam- paigner enjoyed a fruitful weekend with Grant's superb 69 on moving day consolidated by her strong Sunday showing at Los Leones in Santiago. The result saw her finish along- side Lurgan's Annabel Wilson who posted an even par 72 to end the 72-hole tournament on six-over-par. In the men's competition, Peter O'Keeffe slumped to a disappoint- ing four-over-par 76 to end his bid in 29th position on six-over-par. MCKIBBIN CONFIRMS CREDENTIALS AT ORANGE BOWL "W ell this is exciting…" The words of Ireland's Olivia Mehaf- fey who received a welcomed surprise in the mail; an invite to contest the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur set to be held the week before the Masters. The Banbridge star and current world amateur number 26 will be part of the historic 54-hole stroke play competition on April 3-6 where amateur women will get the chance to compete amongst the azaleas of Augusta National for the final round. It's a huge opportunity for Mehaffey, now a star of Arizona State golf, who is no stranger to these big events despite her college status. In 2018 she competed along- side the professionals at the US Women's Open having contested two Ricoh Women's British Opens in 2016 and 2017. Although she's yet to find the results at that very top level, Mehaffey has been ex- posed time and time again to these world class fields at world class venues and it's only a matter of time before her experi- ence starts telling at the business end of tournaments. MEHAFFEY SECURES AUGUSTA NATIONAL INVITE FOR APRIL

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