Yan­nick Ar­tigolle, the 2017 Hong Kong Ju­nior Open cham­pion talks about his ju­nior golf ca­reer, plan to play col­lege golf in the US and dream of turn­ing Pro.

Louie Chan talks to the 2017 Hong Kong Ju­nior Open cham­pion about his ju­nior golf ca­reer, plan to play col­lege golf in the US and dream of turn­ing Pro.

HK Golfer - - Contents - In­ter­view by Louie Chan

When did you start play­ing – and where?

I start play­ing when I was 6 at Kau Sai Chau.

How of­ten do you play?

In Loretto Golf Acad­emy (Scot­land), I prac­tice about 4 to 5 times a week for two hours.

What’s been your best ever round?

My best rounds have been in Scot­land where I shot 8-un­der at St An­drew’s Eden Course. I also shot 8-un­der at my home course in Scot­land - Craigielaw Golf Club. Both were only a few months apart around 4 months ago. Also, both were in tour­na­ment con­di­tions which is a plus!

How would you de­scribe your ju­nior golf ca­reer so far?

I have to say my ca­reer is do­ing well. I’ve re­ally been work­ing on my men­tal game and I feel that it’s been help­ing me loads. One achieve­ment I have this sea­son is not los­ing a sin­gle match play! I am also pleased with my­self that I haven’t shot in the eight­ies in a while.

What would be your next step?

I am look­ing to play col­lege golf in the US. I’ve re­cently looked at the area of Chicago. North­west­ern and Bos­ton Col­lege seems promis­ing but I’ll have to put on a good show in or­der to get an of­fer.

Have you thought about turn­ing Pro?

Tur­ing pro has been my dream ever since I started play­ing se­ri­ously. But I plan to fin­ish col­lege first be­fore think­ing about turn­ing pro.

Do you have a favourite course?

Clear­wa­ter Bay is prob­a­bly the best course in Hong Kong by far. With its view, qual­ity and main­te­nance, it per­forms far out than all the other cour­ses. But my fa­vorite course has to be Peachtree in At­lanta.

Who would be in your dream four­ball?

Hen­rik Sten­son, Rory McIl­roy, Tiger Woods and Ja­son day - the power house of golf. It would es­pe­cially be great to play with Day be­cause he grew up with a very tough child­hood. I can learn a lot from him. Sten­son has been my fa­vorite since day one. Rory is just raw power, I’ve stood next to him be­fore and when he hits a shot you can re­ally feel his strength, I’ve al­ways ad­mired that. Of course, Tiger would also be in my flight just be­cause the guy is a leg­end!

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