Fiona received a scholarship to finance her participation in international competitions.
What is your sporting background?
I played golf for the first time when I was in 4th grade in Venezuela. I accompanied my father on a course in the middle of the wild jungle around Caracas. I played a lot of sports at the time, swimming, basketball and tennis, but golf was also a special time with my father. It was when we returned to France, in Pau, where I was in the 9th grade, that I joined a golf academy where I got a taste for competitive golf. I never left the clubs and I made all my choices according to this sport. I became a golf professional after nine years of practice.
How do you see your profession today?
It's a great profession and I feel privileged to be able to practice this sport at the highest level. It's my passion and at the same time my job, it's sometimes difficult when things don't go as one would like. It's a sport that can be played for a very long time if you find the right balance. Golf is a good way to convey values such as respect, honesty, sportsmanship, creativity and humility. It is a way of life that I want to share with young people. However, I notice that these values are less and less transmitted in our game because the focus on results takes over, but it seems to me that this does not apply only to golf.
How do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years?
I see myself living in the United States full time and playing tournaments all over the world on the LPGA. In 10 years’ time, that's a long way off but I would still like to be playing competitively, playing in the Solheim Cup and sharing my passion for the game!
This interview was conducted in 2014
Photo credit: Emilie Arfeuil