Lucie received a grant to help finance her participation in international competitions.
What is your sporting background ?
I started golf at the age of 11 thanks to my parents; I didn't get hooked right away but I liked it when I played in my first competition. I had a very good amateur run with several victories, first at grand prix and then in international tournaments, which allowed me to join the federal teams. Then a bronze medal at the World team championships and the European team championships, several titles as a young French champion, winner of the French amateur (ranking two years in a row), and my greatest pride: winner of the European amateur ranking. I turned professional in 2011 by joining the highest European women's division to date, the LET. Four top 10s, including two top 5s, have been my biggest successes in this division in six years. In 2017, I won my first professional title in the Czech Republic in the second European division, LETAS. Since then, I've been playing in LETAS where I've had several top 10 results with the objective of winning every tournament!
How do you see your profession today ?
Women's golf is ultimately little known by the general public, we suffer from a lack of media coverage which would help promote our activity, but the return of golf to the Olympic Games is inevitably a springboard for our profession. We are lucky to be able to work in a profession of passion and to be able to make a living from it if things go well. Golf is a complex sport which requires rigor, willpower, competitiveness, perseverance, physical and above all mental strength to be able to recover after a failure and never give up your dreams because nothing is certain in this sport, that's why we keep coming back to it.
How do you see yourself in five years ? In 10 years ?
In five years, I hope to have proved myself on the LET with a victory on the circuit. The Olympics are a major objective for all sports, representing one's country is an honor and it would be an incredible thing to experience! If a victory on the LET is on the agenda, an American adventure will also be on the cards. Golf can evolve so quickly that it is almost impossible to say where I will be in 10 years. If I am being ambitious, then I see myself on the LPGA with a victory in my pocket. It's a long road ahead but the work always pays off in the end!
This interview was conducted in 2019
Photo credit: Amandine Besacier