Rising star Olivia (13) ready to drive on!

Roscommon golfer reaches last four of Irish Women’s Amateur Close Championship                                                                                                                     

Roscommon town teenager, Olivia Costello, is already looking ahead to the next challenge as she continues her meteoric rise through the ranks of women’s golf after last weekend’s achievement of getting to the last four of one of the biggest tournaments on the Irish amateur calendar, the Irish Women’s Amateur Close Championships at Ballybunion.

Having sailed through the qualification rounds, 13-year-old Olivia defeated the experienced Mairéad Martin 4 and 2 before beating the 2004 champion Deirdre Smith to book her place in the last four. Her amazing run was brought to an end by the eventual champion, Anna Foster from Elm Park (Dublin), with Olivia going down by 6 and 5.

People Sport caught up with Olivia at Roscommon Golf Club on Tuesday as she practiced her short game ahead of the next big tournament.

“I was very happy with last weekend. I went down there just to make the cut and get into the match play stages but I played well and won a couple of matches. I am preparing for the Connacht Girls’ now on the 24th and 25th June and then the Leinster Girls’ is on between 28th June and 1st July,” she said.

Olivia spends almost every day practicing and is a very modest and very impressive girl. When asked what the strongest part of her game was she hesitantly said: “I suppose ball striking is my best quality but my short game needs more work”.

Olivia’s favourite player is Leona Maguire, who is blazing a trail on the LPGA Tour in the USA at the moment. She paid tribute to her family and especially to her dad Michael who acts as her ‘transport and logistics manager’.

“My friends think that I am so lucky to be doing what I am doing. I did some athletics and swimming too but Covid-19 put a stop to those. Thankfully, I could continue with the golf and there is great support for me here at Roscommon Golf Club. I am looking forward to the rest of the year and hopefully I can keep playing well and improving,” Olivia said.

Olivia is daughter of Michael and Ewelina Costello and she has two younger brothers, Michael and Jamie. Her dad was an accomplished footballer, winning four Roscommon SFC medals with Roscommon Gaels and he also represented Roscommon at underage and U-21 level.

For one so young Olivia is a very talented young sportswoman. She has many years to develop her talents and she is certainly going in the right direction. Hopefully there will be many more big days out for her coming up.