New golf professional Lauren Walsh benefits from the Golf Ireland Professional Scheme as she launches pro career

Lauren Walsh says she is delighted with the extra financial backing as she receives her grant from the 2023 Golf Ireland Professional Scheme, in partnership with Sport Ireland. 

The Castlewarden golfer began her professional career at the Dana Open last weekend but unfortunately despite rounds of 73 and 71 she failed to make the cut. 

Not long after she helped Wake Forest to an historic NCAA success, Walsh is thrilled to benefit from the Golf Ireland Professional Scheme where she will receive the half-year funding of €17,500. 

“To be a part of the Golf Ireland Professional Scheme is a big help, to have that backing from Sport Ireland means a lot and definitely takes some pressure off in the beginning to help me find my feet,” said Walsh. 

Seven other professional golfers; Olivia Mehaffey, Jonathan Yates, Stuart Grehan, Gary Hurley, John Murphy, Conor Purcell and Dermot McElroy have also received funding, while any other players turning professional during 2023, that meet the criteria, may receive funding.   

Earlier this year Sport Ireland provided €325,000 in government funding to Golf Ireland for the management and administration of the Golf Ireland Professional Scheme. The financial support provided by Sport Ireland enables these golfers progress further internationally.  

And fresh off her first taste of professional golf, Walsh said she has learned lots from her experience at Highland Meadows. 

“I am absolutely delighted to be turning pro, I feel as though I have built up to this moment for the longest time. I've loved my amateur career but I am very excited for this next step,” said Walsh.  

“Getting to make my pro debut on the LPGA tour was an amazing experience and while I didn't make the cut, the lessons I've learned this week will stand to me moving forward into my pro career.” 

Find out more about the Golf Ireland Professional Scheme here.