Meet Louise Landgraf - Phuket’s young golf prodigy making her mark on the game

✦ Sometimes people are just born to do something. Natural talent is in their blood and their destiny almost seems preordained.


It is a notion that very much applies to young Louise Landgraf, a 13-year-old resident of Phuket in Thailand.


Louise in action, featured on Brilliant-Online
Louise in action

Louise attends the acclaimed British International School Phuket (BISP) where she is a keen Year 8 student. She also enjoys drawing, swimming and especially cooking with her mum. She is also good at golf. Very good at golf. In fact several expert observers have proclaimed her somewhat of a golf prodigy, such is the natural talent she has displayed since a very early age. She has dreams of becoming a professional golfer, following in the footsteps of her idols such as Brooke Henderson, Minjee Lee and Lydia Ko.



And she certainly seems to be very much on the right track. Louise, who is half-Thai and half-French, took an obvious shine to the sport when she was merely four-years-old. Her father Marc, who has a long and successful career working in the hospitality business, would often take time out alone and hit a few balls at a local course after work, a way to decompress and unwind from a demanding day at the office.


One day, his young daughter joined him at the local course and was clearly drawn to the sport. She would follow her father and emulate his actions, copying his stance and swing. When asked if she wanted to try having a swing of a golf club herself, Louise gleefully accepted and it was immediately clear that she possessed a natural talent and temperament.


Rising star


It is fair to say she never looked back. Louise seemed instantly hooked on her new discovery and it wasn’t too long before she joined the Dragon Kids Golf Academy at the Phunaka Golf Centre Phuket. Situated conveniently near her family home, it allowed Louise to practice daily and she soon graduated to the course.

Five-year-old Louise at the IMG Golf Junior World Championship held at the Colina Park Golf Course in San Diego, California in 2015, where she finished in fouth place. Brilliant-Online
Five-year-old Louise at the IMG Golf Junior World Championship held at the Colina Park Golf Course in San Diego, California in 2015, where she finished in fouth place. Brilliant-Online

In 2015, while a student at Head Start International School and only six-years-old, Louise represented Thailand in the under-six age group at the 46th IMG Golf Junior World Championship held at the Colina Park Golf Course in San Diego, California, USA. One of 1,200 participants from all around the world representing 60 countries, Louise finished in 4th place with a score of 187, just one shot behind 3rd place and only two behind 2nd place.


It was clear Louise possessed a great talent, irrespective of her junior years. It was something not lost on her coach at the Phunaka Golf Centre in Phuket who had helped nurture her game.


Coach Pro Punk, featured on Brilliant-Online
Louise with Coach Pro Punk
“Louise is only six-years-old and has been training at our academy for just over eight months at ranking S (under six-years-old),” her coach Pro Punk told The Phuket News in August 2015. “She has done very well at this level which requires her to play a 2,800 yard range.”

Coach Pro Punk continued to mentor Louise as she also joined renowned local course Laguna Golf Phuket - and it wasn’t long before she was making her mark at the award-winning course!


Hole-in-one!