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
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