| Fi­nal Shot

Louie Chan talks to the Scot­tish-born, Hong Kong-based sculp­tor about her best ever round and who would be in her dream four­ball.

HK Golfer - - Contents - In­ter­view by Louie Chan

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.

kirsteen­pieterse.com

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