While he wasn’t quite born on a golf course, perhaps the fact that Edouard Dubois was born in the same year that his father opened up a golf complex served as an omen for great things to come.
The young Frenchman will next year be joining the highest ranks of European golf, 23 years after the birth of his father Vincent’s two greatest achievements – his son and his very own Teynac Golf Club, which he built from scratch.
That modest 18 hole course on the outskirts of Bordeaux is where Dubois’ story began. “I started playing golf as soon as I started walking,” explains the Frenchman, who certainly didn’t have far to walk.
Having been surrounded by the game of golf from the moment he entered this world, it came as little surprise that Dubois showed a talent and love for the game at an early age.
While his early education in the game came at his father’s course, it wasn’t long before he moved on to the more prestigious Bordeaux-Lac Golf Club to further his development.
There, he progressed to become a French international player, playing on the Boys team for four years and earning a selection for the 2007 Jacques Léglise Trophy’s Continental Europe team.
After one further year in the amateur game, during which he represented France at senior level, the Bordeaux FC fan decided to take the plunge into the goldfish bowl of professional golf.
He took to it like a duck to water, finishing sixth in his first year on the Alps Tour before gaining a Challenge Tour category at the Qualifying School Final Stage in 2009.
In just his second appearance as a Challenge Tour member at the Telenet Trophy in Belgium, he finished in second place, followed directly by another top ten finish at the Kärnten Golf Open by Markus Brier Foundation. This was a man comfortable in his surroundings, however unfamiliar they were at first.
A better category for 2011 followed and just eight tournament in, he sealed his first professional victory at the Kärnten Golf Open presented by Mazda.
“It wasn’t such a surprise to win my first tournament,” he said in a typically laid-back tone. “But to win a second time, that was a surprise!”
If his first win had set a yardstick, his second just three weeks later at the Scottish Hydro Challenge set alarm bells ringing that this unassuming Frenchman was a seriously talented operator.
A top 20 finish at the season-ending Apulia San Domenico Grand proved a fitting end to his breakthrough season, and Dubois is now looking forward to sharing the experience of his first season on The European Tour with the many compatriots and close friends who will join him amongst the big boys next year, as France enjoys an unprecedented period of success.
“It’s fantastic to be travelling with your friends every week,” he enthused. “When we saw Anthony (Snobeck) win on the Challenge Tour I think everybody said, ‘we can do it too’. Then I won twice and Benjamin (Hebert) three times, so it has been a really good year for us.
“Now there will be a few of us on The European Tour next year, so hopefully we can bring that attitude into 2012.”
A story that began on a rural golf course outside Bordeaux now moves to an exciting new chapter on the biggest stage in European golf; but does Dubois plan to return to his father’s course in the near future, for old time’s sake? “I don’t think so,” he laughs, “it’s full of old guys! It’s a little bit too, how should I say this, rustic for me.”It is certainly a long way from the glitz and the glamour that awaits him in 2012, but this young Frenchman has shown time and time again that no matter where in the world he may be, he will always feel at home on the golf course.