Arizona State University Senior and Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey today announced her intent to turn professional and will make her debut at the Symetra Tour’s Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship in Orlando in three weeks’ time.
The 23-year old will turn professional after she aims to win a second NCAA title with her Arizona State teammates. Speaking of her amateur career to date, Mehaffey said: “I am so grateful for all the amazing experiences I have been fortunate to have in my amateur career. Without the support from Golf Ireland, ASU and my family none of it would’ve been possible so I am forever grateful. My amateur career has made me proud in many ways and I am happy to have accomplished many things.“
Mehaffey has enjoyed an illustrious amateur career having reached 3rd in the World Amateur Golf Rankings whilst achieving multiple representative honours for Ireland as well as two Curtis Cup and Palmer Cup appearances and selection for the GB&I Vagliano Trophy team.
Mehaffey is no stranger to major appearances having been in contention at the most recent Augusta National Women’s Amateur which was televised globally, where she finished two shots back. She has also competed in three British Opens, two US Opens and one ANA Inspiration.
“I now feel ready to take the next step in my career and I have been looking forward to this day since I was a young girl,” Mehaffey added.
Olivia intends to play tournaments in both the US and in Europe through sponsor invites until she heads to Q-School in August with the aim of gaining full status on the LPGA Tour.