On my parents’ return from a holiday in 1997, they took me, my sister and brother to a local golf course, Witbos Golf Club. Together with my siblings, I spent Summer after Summer practicing, having fun and, most importantly, fishing golf balls out of the 5th hole water hazard to sell to fellow members. The golf club was our second home, and soon became the stage for some good old-fashioned sibling rivalry.
While I still enjoyed basketball and soccer, at the age of 14, I decided to focus on golf and enroll in the VVG Topsportschool. This was a great place for me to combine studies and competing in international golf events. Around the age of 15 I went through a large growth spurt and battled some knee issues that required me to persevere. I always made it a point to be an extremely hard worker and believed this was the only way to realise my potential.