Justine received a scholarship to finance her participation in international competitions.
What is your sporting background?
I started golf at the age of 10 at a golf club in Germany. I moved to France when I was 13 and then I joined the training structure of the French Golf Federation, at the Antibes Up-and-Coming Centre, then at the Pôle France in Paris. I took part in many international competitions during my junior-high and high-school years. After obtaining my Baccalauréat, I went to study in the United States at the University of South Carolina, where I played in the first division for four years and represented France in international competitions during the summer. I have now completed my graduate studies in sports and event management, with the aim of turning professional on the Symetra or LPGA Tour.
How do you see your profession today?
Golf requires physical, technical and mental abilities. It is special to me because it's a sport in which you'll never reach perfection and that's what attracts me: there's always work to be done. I think that golf is now emerging in France, thanks to the Ryder Cup which will take place in France in 2018, but also due to the Olympics. It is up to us pro players to further the sport in France.
How do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years?
In five years, I would like to play on the LPGA Tour and be at a level to compare myself to the best worldwide. In 10 years, my dream would be to participate in major tournaments such as the British Open, the Evian Masters and the US Open but also the Solheim Cup. I would like to be able to have an impact on women's golf in France and be part of the generation that pushes its limits.
This interview was conducted in 2014
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