by Ronan MacNamara
Olivia Mehaffey by Golffile
Oliva Mehaffey hopes her good record around Longbow Golf Club will serve her well as she makes her first start of the Epson Tour season at the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic.
The Tandragee native finished in a share of 6th place here last year when she played as an amateur and was in contention heading into the final round after posting the lowest 36-hole score of eleven-under.
Mehaffey who is one of four Arizona State University alumnae in the field is excited to be back at a happy hunting ground.
“I’m so proud to represent Carlisle and beyond thankful for this opportunity. I have status on the Epson Tour, but it would not have allowed me to get in several of the early events to begin the year. I enjoy the challenge of Longbow Golf Club and had good results in this tournament last season so hope to replicate it this time around,” said Mehaffey who is playing on a sponsor’s exemption.
This is the second event of the 2022 Epson Tour season where a 132-player field will compete for a $250,000 purse over 72 holes. It is a big opportunity for Carlisle Ambassador Mehaffey with the prize purse equalling the Tour Championship as the second-highest purse on the tour this season.
The Co.Down golfer narrowly missed out on a full Ladies European Tour card last fall in La Manga so she will look to balance her time on both the LET and Epson Tours this season.
Chris Koch, the Chairman, President and CEO of Carlisle Companies, Inc: “Carlisle welcomes the professionals of the Epson Tour back to Arizona for the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic. The women on Tour embody Carlisle’s culture of integrity, continuous improvement, and resilience. We are also pleased that Phoenix Children’s Hospital will be the event’s charitable beneficiary in 2022. In association with Carlisle, Phoenix Children’s Hospital is developing a new pilot program and approach to the pediatric mental health crisis in our communities and the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic serves as an excellent platform to bring awareness to this new program. We look forward to seeing who raises the trophy on Sunday.”