Dubai teenage star Chiara Noja has announced she will be taking time away from the course to recuperate from a shoulder injury that has been hampering her form.

The 17-year-old was in stunning form in the first half of the season, having won the Aramco Team Series individual event in Jeddah for her first pro victory, rising from outside the top 130 on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings to 91st.

However, she missed her last three cuts at the Evian Championship, Scottish Open and most recently at the AIG Women’s Open at Walton Heath.

The German youngster withdrew during the first round of the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Northern Ireland this week, before admitting a shoulder issue had been giving her problems.

“I’ve been dealing with an annoying shoulder last 5 weeks, and have probably done a bad job managing that pain,” she tweeted. “I’ve worked so hard to get to/qualify for these last 4 events (icl 2 majors) that I refused to let myself accept that I just wasn’t doing great and withdraw. I’ve decided to take a few weeks off and get back to 100% before going back @LPGA Q-School. I’ll be back healthier, happier and better.”

Since her win in Jeddah, Noja has collected eight top-12 finishes, including one T-2d and one third place. She also made her LPGA debut and competed in her first two majors.