By Clemence Pille
updated on 13 Jul 22 at 16:50
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Born in Orlando, Florida, Pierre Viallaneix maintains ties with the Normandy where his grandparents are from, spending all his summers in Caen (Calvados). The young golfer, licensed at the Caen la mer – Biéville-Beuville golf course, studied in the United States at the Florida Gulf Coast University in order to combine studies and high-level sport. This allows him to participate in international tournaments and climb the national and world rankings. The Franco-American enters in 2022 in the top 6 of the best French amateur players, enough to make him dangle a transition to professional golf.
A born golfer?
Sign of fate or simple coincidence, Pierre Viallaneix was born at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando. “The King” of American golf won many international tournaments from the 1950s and made golf popular in the United States. A career that has something to dream about the licensee of the Golf of Caen la mer – Biéville-Beuville. Until adolescence, the Franco-American juggled between tennis balls at TC Caen and golf balls in Biéville. Eventually, he gave up the racket to focus on his true passion, golf.
In tennis, you play against one person and that annoyed me a bit. I prefer the golf cart to your opponent, it’s the course, and I like to be in control of what I’m doing.
2022, a first selection for the French team
2022 has been a pivotal year for the golfer, a third-year student at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has just returned from the European Team Golf Championships which took place in England from July 5 to 9, 2022. The French reached the quarter-finals there, on the course they lost to Sweden. Despite this, Pierre retains the positive:
It’s a good experience for me because it was my first selection for the France team.
Before that, the entrepreneurship student participated in the European Individual Golf Championships in Spain and the British Amateur in England, one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments in the world.
The dream of going to the pros
Pierre Viallaneix is expected to graduate at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year. Until then, he is aiming for the top 50 in the world amateur, a ranking that facilitated his transition to the professionals. The Franco-American has always preferred to play for France, wearing the colors of the Caen la Mer club during individual tournaments. He also projects himself in France to launch his career as a professional golfer.
If I don’t try my luck to play on the professional circuit, it’s a regret that I will have all my life. I want to come back to France because it will be easier to find sponsors and take advantage of invitations to tournaments.
A “calm and stable player on the pitch”
After a few days of rest in Caen with his grandparents, Pierre spent the summer in the United States to prepare for the qualifications for the US Amateurs, the biggest amateur tournament in the world. In 2023, he also hopes to participate in the World and European Team Championships.
Currently ranked 172 in the world amateur ranking, the young golfer hopes to gain valuable places in future tournaments. The student says he is “calm and mentally stable on the pitch”, and already seems to have acquired the patience of a great player.
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