Julien Quesne: One of golf's rising star
Since last april, two new golfers have joined Thomas Levet as Societe Generale Private Banking’s golfing ambassadors: the spaniard, Rafael Cabrera Bello, and the french player, Julien Quesne, who agreed to answer a few of our questions.
When did you first discover your passion for golf?
My passion for golf started quite late, when I was 17 years old. One of my father’s friends gave me a 7 iron to hold and from that very moment I was hooked. I started practising relentlessly and only took my first lesson just before becoming a professional golfer. I always was very sporty. When I was young I used to play competitive volleyball and a lot of tennis. This helped me make quick progress.
Why did you recently decide to sign a partnership with Societe Generale Private Banking?
I think Societe Generale Private Banking is a good partner. I feel that we share the same values. As part of this partnership, at the end of June I took part in my first Societe Generale Private Banking Golf Day. I really enjoyed being able to spend some time with passionate golfers and offer them some advice. The day was good-humoured, full of interesting exchanges and very pleasant.
What advice would you give amateur players to help them improve their game?
I would recommend spending more time on the green, practising chipping and putting. It Is also very helpful to take some lessons from time to time to get rid of bad habits. Practice is the most important thing. You need to be patient... At the professional level you also need to be supported by the right people and have a balanced lifestyle. At the moment I have five people supporting me and helping me prepare for my tournaments.
What is the victory you are most proud of?
My greatest victory was the Italian Open last year. I still have wonderful memories of winning it, one of which is a photo taken with my son. The tournament I would really like to win is the French Open, simply because it is in my country. It is important to me to play well in front of the French public and to promote our sport internationally.
A promising career already rich in success
> 1997 Starts playing golf at 17 years old
> 2003 Turns professional at the age of 23
> 2009 First challenge tour victory Rolex Trophy, Geneva
> 2011 Second challenge tour victory Allianz Golf Open, Lyon
> 2012 Debuts on the European circuit, and wins the Andalucia Open.
Ranked 63rd in the Race to Dubai (European Tour)
> 2013 Victory in the 70th Lindt Italian Open.
Rises to 42nd ranking in the Race to Dubai