I am a twenty-nine year old professional golfer from Keerbergen, Belgium. For the last fifteen years of my life I have been playing golf with one thought on my mind. My dream of competing with the best golfers in the world, and to earn my place amongst them.
I started as an eleven year old at Royal Keerbergen golf club. What first started out as just a fun hobby quickly developed into a passion. I slowly but surely came to find that I could hold my own at this game. By the time I was fifteen years old I moved to Hasselt to join the Topsport School which gave me the possibility of practicing during school hours and the privilege of working with great coaches as non other than Pete Cowen (Europe’s most renowned golf coach). I also qualified for the Belgian national team after winning my first national title. At age sixteen I was a “scratch golfer” and a year later I won my second national title and got my first international win (International Dutch Junior Open) and with it came an invitation to play in the KLM Open on the European Tour. After narrowly missing the cut I was sure that this is what I wanted to do.
I wanted to get a higher education and still practice enough to get better. So I set my sights on the USA. College golf is a great way to combine getting a higher education and playing golf at a high level. I spent four years at the University of Lamar in Texas. It was an unforgettable experience playing against the toughest competition I ever faced on the best golf courses in the world. Practicing on a regular basis with the likes of Chris Stroud (PGA TOUR Player), Dawie Van Der Walt (2-time European Tour Winner) and fellow Belgian Hugues Joannes (Full Time Challenge Tour Player) was a great learning process for what was needed to play and compete at the highest level.
After four years of working hard I returned home with a degree in my pocket and prepared to start my career in Europe. After building a team around me consisting of Frank Dhondt (Main coach) and Arnaud Langenaeken (Short Game Coach). I have been showing glimpses of my potential by establishing myself as Belgium’s leading amateur and winning golf tournaments on every level even on a professional level.
If you’re curious about learning more about the experiences a pro golfer goes through, make sure to visit the Blog page, where I will be posting weekly stories and answering questions I have gotten throughout the years.