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!

Six-year old Louise Landgraf celebrates her ‪‎hole-in-one‬ at the par 3 hole #8, pictured receiving a special certificate and prize from Club Manager Walaiporn Pattamavichitvong in 2015.
Six-year old Louise Landgraf celebrates her ‪‎hole-in-one‬ at the par 3 hole #8, pictured receiving a special certificate and prize from Club Manager Walaiporn Pattamavichitvong in 2015.

Officially the club’s youngest member and still four months shy of her seventh birthday, Louise made history as the youngest golfer ever to achieve a hole-in-one around the newly upgraded golf course.


Playing off the red tee on the 108-yard 8th hole, Louise hit a perfect shot which sailed down the fairway and dropped directly into the hole – an ‘ace’ shot indeed that created Club history!


“So many golfers play the game for years without achieving an ace,” commented Club Manager at the time Walaiporn Pattamavichitvong. “For Louise to do it at only six-years-old is absolutely brilliant.”

Between 2014 and the present day, Louise has participated in over 80 competitions and tournaments, both nationally in her homeland of Thailand and overseas. She has consistently finished in the top-three places in the majority of these tournaments, often claiming the top prize. In the 2014/15 season she won four of her first six competitions, including first place at Krabi Pakasai Golf Club, Katathong Golf Club in Phang Nga, Taplamu Navy Golf Course in Khao Lak, and Royal Hill Golf Club in Nakhon Nayok.


Louise also finished in 3rd place in the Under-12 girls competition of the Nick Faldo Series, South Thailand Championship in September 2017, which also afforded her the chance to meet first hand one of the golf greats. Faldo has since mentioned first-hand he is fully aware of Louise’s burgeoning talent. Two years later Louise won the same tournament.


Louise’s game travels well too, with several top-pace finishes at overseas tournaments, including the Girls 9-10 year IJGA Golf Junior World Star Championship in Las Vegas in 2018, the Girls under-11 title at the 2019 US Kids Golf Junior World Championship in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and the Girls 11-12 age Asia-Pacific Golf Junior Age Group Master at the Pelican Waters course in Caloundra, Australia in 2020.


Last year Louise and her family travelled to California to take part in four different competitions. She won two of them and finished second-place in another. Playing in the World Star of Junior Golf Championships at Paiute Golf Course, Las Vegas, Louise’s first-round score of 64 (-8) was the lowest official score in her age bracket since the competition started several years ago and also a course record.


On returning home to Phuket Louise then won the Girls Under-14 American Cup by The Agency Recruit at her home course of Laguna Phuket Golf Club.