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.
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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