Scarva girl Olivia Mehaffey has tasted life at the top of world golf.
The 17 year-old was in the thick of the action as Europe and the USA went head-to-head for the Solheim Cup.
Playing in the Junior Solheim a few days before, Olivia enjoyed another highlight to her budding career, and says she even played some of her best golf so far, even if USA came out on top.
“It was such an amazing week,” she told the ‘LEADER’ after coming back down to earth at school on Monday.
“Everything about it was fantastic. We were treated like stars, even the gear we got was amazing.
“It was just everything I imagined and more.”
With the cream of the continents’ golfers already in Germany for their tournament, Olivia even had to cope with playing under their watchful eyes.
She said: “It was insane to have the pro players out watching and to have such big crowds.
“For me the highlight has to be playing with my friend Emma (Spitz) in the foursomes and fourball and winning both points.
“It was great to have someone by your side and we played so well. It’s the best golf I have ever played. I think we were 10 under for 16 holes in the fourball.”
Off the course, there was plenty to take in for Mehaffey, who stayed on to watch the main event
“It was amazing to be in the European team room with the pros and then meeting them and getting pictures with them as well,” she said.
“Also being inside the ropes watching Carlota Ciganada, my favourite player, was really good fun.”
The Solheim Cup, of course, was marred by ‘gimmegate’ as Europe’s Suzann Pettersen came under fire for taking the hole when USA’s Alison Lee picked up her ball amid confusion.
“These things happen in golf and there are two sides to every story,” said Olivia. “The Americans were simply the better players on Sunday and it’s unfair to blame Suzann.
“It also ntook guts for her to come out and write an apology on Monday.
“She shouldn’t have done it but she doesn’t t deserve all the hate.”
Next for Olivia is a well-earned winter break, or perhaps even some studies.