Mehaffey makes history at Arizona State

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Mehaffey makes history at Arizona State

Olivia Mehaffey (Getty Images)

Olivia Mehaffey has become just the third Sun Devil ever to be named a four-time All-American.

The Northern Irishwoman’s stunning stint at Arizona State came to a premature end last month after the NCAA cancelled the remainder of the 2020 season due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

But that hasn’t stopped the rewards rolling in for the now ASU legend who bid a heartfelt farewell to life as a collegiate player Stateside to focus her attention on what many hope will be a long and prosperous career as a pro.

The Tandragee and Royal County Down player is now ranked 19th on the world amateur golf rankings but has admitted her move to the paid ranks is somewhat up in the air given the current pandemic situation that has plagued the world of late.

“I had a nice summer lined up to play Curtis Cup and Palmer Cup and then go to LPGA Tour School, which is due to start in August,” Mehaffey told the Belfast Telegraph.

“Now there are question marks in my head of is Q -School even going to happen? Can I still turn pro? Am I going to have to wait another year?

“The timing isn’t ideal for my career because I was ready to move on and now there’s that uncertainty. Without going to Q-School, I wouldn’t have any starts so I couldn’t turn pro.

“I could look at the Ladies’ European Tour. I wouldn’t have done that before but now they’ve got a better schedule and some more events so that’s another option.

“They’re also talking about adding another year of senior eligibility in college so I could go back and do a Masters at Arizona and play on the team again. At least there are some options there.​”

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