I played a lot of hockey until I was about 15. I hadn’t ever played golf but my younger sister Eimear got on the Munster U13 golf team and I was a little jealous. So one day I was up on top in the driving range, belting with my dad’s clubs and a big hockey-swing and a guy came up to me and asked me if I’d like to take a few lessons with him. It was Arthur Pierse. He became my coach and is still a huge mentor to me.
My 3-iron - it’s a little weapon! No one else uses 3-irons, it’s more of a man’s club but I just love it. On links or a tight spot I always know I can put my 3-iron on the fairway.
I use the same marker all the time on the greens. The one I have at the moment I’ve had for three years. It’s bringing me a nice bit of luck so I’m holding onto it.
My dog; a King Charles called ‘Prince’. I have to leave him behind when I’m away playing but it’s great to come home to him.
Yeah, Munster rugby! Well I’m from Limerick and I grew up going to their matches. The Munster players are my heroes, especially Paul O’Connell and Alan Quinlan. I’d know Paul quite well now and I actually met him out playing golf recently.
I had a 66 (six-under) in Germany last year and, in match play, my best ever was against Chloe Williams in the Home Internationals in Wales. She was seven-under for the round and I was six-under but lost on 18!
I finished third in Troon this year at the Scottish Open and I won the R&A Scholars’ Trophy (for the four nations’ top university players) in St Andrew’s last year which got me an invitation to play in a professional event in Germany.
I hit it a bit longer than most, I’m strong. But I wouldn’t get over a bad hole easily. I use a sports psychologist now and I meditate before I play. I meditate every day actually, using an App called ‘Headspace’ which I find brilliant.
I had offers to go to university in America but I felt an Irish law degree would be more valued here. Law meant only 12 ‘contact’ hours a-week with a lot of reading but I still had plenty of free time and could cycle or walk to Elm Park every day to practise. I was on UCD’s Ad Astra programme (sport and academic scholarships) which provides a wonderful support system. My golf just used to suffer around exam-times when I’d get stressed out.
Yes. I shared the same top floor campus accommodation with Olympians and internationals like Paul O’Donovan, Mark English, Ciara Mageean, Ciara Everard, Jeremy Duncan, Dora Gorman and Ciara Grant. There was a lot of 5am alarms going off for people going training!
I definitely want to give it a go but I want to get my game to a reasonably high level first. The money isn’t there in the women’s game yet to earn a career. Even if Leona (Maguire) went pro and won every single week on tour she’d still only be making what ‘top 50’ men do on the PGA. I could make a better career out of law at the moment.
I’m hoping to do a one-year Masters in International Sports Law in Madrid or New York, preferably Madrid because I speak good Spanish and there’s a lot of great golf courses in Madrid and I could play in all the big tournaments locally.
It’d be like becoming an agent. I’d be working for a firm, a bit like an Irish Jerry Maguire! It’s a really tough course to get into but if I was to do it I reckon I’d have a pretty good client base because I have a lot of friends who play golf and are looking at turning pro.
Have a few ‘mixed’ tour events. It’d be great to watch and women’s golf would benefit from the media coverage. I also think that Olympic golf should be for amateurs only.
That you don’t need to be fit and strong. I’ve had people say ‘why are you in the gym - sure you’re only walking?!’
The funniest is when they see a girl hitting a ball (far) and say ‘Oh! You hit it further than him?’…as if women can’t hit it as far as men. I hit a driver about 260 yards.
It’s pretty ridiculous in this day and age when women are treated equally by society. I don’t see why gender should set people apart.
I made it to the last 16, got beaten on the 18th by Shannon Burke of Ballinrobe. I’m not sure how I’ll go this year as I did my finals and I also just try to enjoy my golf during the Summer. My boyfriend (Gareth Mann, a one-handicapper from Tullamore) is caddying for me. It’s only his second time to caddy for me so hopefully we hit it off on the course!