Northern Ireland golfer Olivia Mehaffey aiming to turn professional after recovering from broken hand

Mehaffey wants to turn professional next year (PA Images)
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Northern Irish golfer Olivia Mehaffey has set her sights on turning professional after an injury setback. The 21-year-old broke a bone in her hand while hiking in June.

The qualifying school takes place from August to September and has three stages in California, Florida and North Carolina.

She said: "I think it's the right time to go pro now. From what I hear it [the qualifying school] is quite stressful.

"You are on the road for a long time. My whole next year is going to be based on preparing for that. I'm really happy with how my game is progressing and I'm working on a lot of refined skills.

"I wanted to go pro this autumn but I broke my hand at the start of the summer and I wasn't ready but actually I feel more prepared now. I feel in a better space mentally to go out and really attack that."

Mehaffey in action before she broke her hand (Twitter: Olivia Mehaffey)

The golfer sustained her injury just hours before she was named in the Great Britain and Ireland team to play against Europe in the Vagliano Trophy.

Mehaffey said: "I just slipped. It was a really, really small fall and I did not think it was broken at all, but it turned out it was. I had surgery a couple of days later.

"I was supposed to play the British Amateur at my home course [Royal County Down] the next week and was exempt into the Women's British Open through my ranking. 

"I had a really exciting summer lined up and had been planning Qualifying School for years. It really hit me hard. But I've learnt a lot from this time. It's been tough, but I think I'm stronger now and ready to go out and get it."

Mehaffey is hoping to play in the Curtis Cup in June.