First US golf victory for Jersey star

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And there was a double dose of success for the Rhodes Island Games team gold and individual silver medallist as she was also named as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels lady golfer of the week, following rounds of 71 and 69 at the Draper Valley Intercollegiate last weekend.

Jordan-Higgins also won this award at the turn of the year, for a second-place tournament finish.

Representing Charleston South University and against 74 other women, she scored a four-under-par 140, three shots clear of the field with a total which helped her college finish second from 15 Southern State universities in the team event.

What gave her even more pleasure, however, was to be voted the golfer of the week after scoring the only sub-70 total on the second and final day of the competition.

Former CI champion Jordan-Higgins, whose roots are still firmly based in Jersey, has only recently returned to the second year of her sports scholarship degree course and has also benefited from the first-ever appointment of a full-time ladies’ golf coach at her university, Michael Wilson.

‘Olivia was a bit concerned that the coach would be a man, but she seems to have hit it off famously with him,’ said her mother, Maureen, last night.

‘The fact that she’s also been named golfer of the week for the Southern States came as something of a wee bonus.

Her next competition is this weekend, at Myrtle Beach, but this has already proved a great start to her college year.

‘She’s also got her handicap down from 3.5 to 1.3 and we’re delighted for her.’

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