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Louie Chan talks to the Scottish-born, Hong Kong-based sculptor about her best ever round and who would be in her dream fourball.
Scottish-born, Hong Kong-based sculptor Kirsteen Pieterse talks about her best ever round and who would be in her dream fourball.
When did you start playing - and where?
I learned my golf at Ballochmyle Golf Club, in Ayrshire in the West of Scotland. It’s a fairly tight parkland course with small greens, so it was a good training ground for my short game. My father was a scratch golfer, he’s 73 now and playing off 5, “Super Senior” is his nickname at the club. From when my sister and I were aged around 6 and 8, he’d take us out to play with him in the evenings. So, we’d hit it around but when I was 13 I decided I wanted to play ‘properly’ and became very keen very quickly. I eventually got down to a 4 handicap.
How often do you play?
Not enough at all. I try to play with the Hong Kong Cricket Club golf society whenever there is a game arranged, around once a month. I never miss “Jock’s Pot”, the Arquitectonica Golf Day and I play as much as possible when I go to Scotland every July. I’m popular because I pretend a very generous 6.
What’s been your best ever round?
When I was around 16, I reached the final of the Ayrshire Ladies Championship. I played against a woman who had recently won the Scottish Ladies Championship and she had no idea who I was. I played so well and I remember being convinced I was going to win during the game. It was also clear I was causing a bit of surprise amongst the crowd watching and I was enjoying that too. I was 2 up with 3 to play and she came right back at me. At the last hole, I tried to play a “cutty uppy “(a lob sand iron) onto a steeply elevated green and that was the end of it... up until that point I had no interest in playing ‘percentage golf’. Most memorable win was probably Top Lady in the 2016 Jock’s Pot at Shek O!
Do you have a favourite course?
I have 3. Turnberry in Ayrshire, New South Wales in Sydney and Kau Sai Chai North Course in Hong Kong. They are all similar; in isolated locations with dramatic landscapes.
Who would be in your dream fourball?
Nancy Lopez, she is who my dad always used as an example to me, “hit the ball hard like Nancy Lopez”. I don’t think I ever saw her play on TV, women’s golf wasn’t very visible then, but I liked the fact he didn’t use a male golfer as an example to motivate me.
Seve Ballesteros of course. He was amazing and so handsome. I think he would have been fun to play with and I had a book of his ‘get out of trouble’ shots which I studied and enjoyed. His imagination was inspiring.
My dad, Jim Bunting. He knows my game better than I do and can still club me better than I can myself, even though we only play together every July. And I’d like to play as well as I can in Seve and Nancy Lopez’s company.
Kirsteen Pieterse is a truly international artist as well as a Hong Kong golfer. Born in Ayrshire, Scotland, Kirsteen graduated from the Glasgow School of Art before moving to London to complete her MA in Architecture. She emigrated to Australia in 2001 and won acclaim and numerous sculpture prizes before moving to Hong Kong in 2009 where she now lives and works. Frequent flyers will recognise her installation “Clouds Peak” in the Cathay Pacific (The Pier) Business Class lounge (with more soon!), and more pieces can be seen at www.