Northern Ireland woman Olivia Mehaffey will turn pro later this month after completing her amateur career in the NCAA Championship in the United States.
Mehaffey is aiming for a second collegiate title with Arizona State before playing in his first professional event.
The 23-year-old’s first paid rankings tournament will be held in the Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship at the Symetra Tour in Orlando at the end of May.
“I now feel ready to take the next step in my career,” Mehaffey said.
“I have been looking forward to this day since I was little.”
The Northern Irishwoman’s amateur performances saw her reach third place in the world rankings as she made two Curtis Cup appearances for Great Britain and Ireland.
Mehaffey’s amateur pedigree has earned her places in two US Women’s Open and three Women’s Open Championships in addition to competing in another major tournament, the ANA Inspiration.
Just last month, she finished a ninth-place share in her second appearance at the Augusta National Amateur Championship where the final round takes place on the world-famous Georgia course.
“I am very grateful for all the amazing experiences I have had the chance to have in my amateur career,” added Mehaffey.
“Without the support of Golf Ireland, ASU [Arizona State University] and my family, none of this would have been possible, so I’m always grateful.
“My amateur career has made me proud in many ways and I am happy to have accomplished a lot.”
Earlier this year, Mehaffey produced an impressive performance on the second-place LPGA Symetra Tour, finishing sixth in the Arizona Women’s Classic after leading the event halfway through.
She intends to play in tournaments in the United States and Europe through sponsorship invitations over the next few months until competing at the LPGA Tour’s Q-School in August.