Danielle McVeigh in return to inter-club action

Danielle McVeigh
Danielle McVeigh

Former professional, Danielle McVeigh, will make a return to inter-club amateur action on Sunday when she plays for Royal County Down Ladies in the Ulster Senior Cup qualifiers at Clandeboye GC.

McVeigh, a former Curtis Cup star, turned professional in 2011 but two years of battling without a breakthrough eventually took its toll and she called it a day at the end of 2013.

The 26-year-old put her clubs away, found work with a software firm in Dublin and discovered that there was more to life than golf.

Now, with her enthusiasm renewed and her amateur status reinstated – she has been given a +2 handicap – Danielle is back playing and will be getting her first taste of match-play golf in almost six years when she lines out for RCD.

“We have a very strong team this year. I’m not seeded number one, which will be a first for me,” she said.

“Olivia Mehaffey is playing so well at the minute and it means I can fly in there under the radar.”

Danielle’s first serious competitive event of the season was a couple of weeks ago when she played in the 36-hole scratch-cup at Lahinch GC. She finished in mid-table, but was reasonably content with her performance.

“I really like it down there. It’s a great course and I also played Ballybunion the next day,” she added.

“I’m also planning to play in the Irish Stroke Play in a couple of weeks. To be honest, I’m only playing in places where I like to play golf. I’m not playing for ranking points or anything. I’m just out to enjoy myself this year.”

Royal Portrush are the reigning Ulster champions but face a difficult start against Royal Belfast in the quarter-finals. Lurgan, who face Bangor in Sunday’s preliminary round will be relying on youth to overcome their competitors.

The quarter-finals on Sunday will be followed by the semi-finals/final on Monday.

Irish Senior Cup – Ulster section

Sunday 10 May

8am - Bangor v Lurgan

Quarter-finals

8.50am Royal Portrush v Royal Belfast

9.40am Shandon Park v Belvoir Park

10.30am Clandeboye v Malone

1pm Bangor/Lurgan v RCD Ladies

Monday 11 May

Semi-finals