Olivia Mehaffey says she's proud to have fulfilled her father's dying wish that she compete for a Ladies European Tour card at Q-School in Spain. The Down golfer's father Philip passed away earlier this month following a long battle with cancer
This week she agonisingly missed out on a full tour card after a double bogey on the final hole left her in 24th spot, just a shot outside the top 20 finish she required.
"It’s hard for me to find the words to write this and sum up the last couple of months. It has been by far the toughest I have ever experienced," the 24-year-old wrote on social media.
"I learnt many things from my dad since I was a young girl. But over the last year I have learnt more from him than I could ever imagine.
"Watching his strength, determination, amazing attitude, positivity and gratefulness while his health deteriorated was truly admirable. This is the manner in which I promise to strive to live the rest of my life. I love you always dad and miss you everyday already! (3-12-21)
"Finding the strength and bravery to come to Spain and compete as my dad's final wish is something I am proud of. Putting a brave face on, being away from home and feeling broken inside while competing for 9 rounds was pretty tough for me. Thank you to my family, friends and sponsors who have been so supportive and caring over the last few weeks."
— Olivia Mehaffey (@OliviaMehaffey) December 21, 2021
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