Montreal’s Joey Savoie enters the 2018-19 campaign as the men’s top-ranked athlete in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. His 2018 season was highlighted by winning both individual and team honours at the Tailhade Cup in Argentina. The Middle Tennessee graduate also notched top-five results at the Argentine Amateur, Azalea Invitational and Duke of Kent. Savoie finished T19 at the 2018 Canadian Men’s Amateur and won a U.S. Amateur Qualifier in Lexington, Ky. Savoie captured the Quebec Amateur back in 2016 and will return to the Amateur Squad for a second year.
Q: What are some of your nicknames?
Joe, Jojo, Rev
Q: How did you get into golf? Explain.
I started playing in my backyard with my grandparents in Saint-Luc after school around 6 years old. My uncle was a golf professional and I really wanted to play golf like he did. We lived on #7 at Saint-Luc and I played a lot of shots on that little par 3. After that my parents signed me in at summer golf camps at Pinegrove Country Club when I was 10-11 years old. My relationship with the members started at an early age because I was always on the putting green and chipping green. I started competing around that age for the golf club and I loved it. I met great supporting people and great friends.
Q: How do you mark your golf ball?
Nothing special, just the colour changes depending on the team I represent. Red when I play for Team Canada, blue when I was playing for the MTSU Blue Raiders and green when I was playing for the Saint Leo Lions.
Q: Do you have any siblings? If so, how old?
One sister, Charlotte, 20 years old.
Q: What was the last book you read?
12 rules for Life – Jordan Petterson
Q: Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Probably the best looking actor in Hollywood or my uncle Michel Laperriere, he is a great actor, but he might need a little help to imitate my golf swing! And the producer has to be Jill Mazursky!
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you? Any hidden talents?
I play a little bit of guitar.
Q: What exercise do you dread the most?
The plank or suicides.
Q: What was the last picture that you took on your phone?
Picture at the Waffle House in Murfreesboro, TN.
Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?
First, La Prairie, QC where I currently live is beautiful. It is picturesque especialy in the old part of town and by the Fleuve Saint-Laurent. However, the people are the best thing about that city! Also, I was born and raised in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC and went to primary school and Cegep there, so it is a special city for me.
Q: Do you have any superstitions?
None. I just like to have a plan.
Q: What is the most surprising thing in your golf bag?
My caddy usually complains it’s too heavy, but I have no idea 😉
Q: If you could have a walk-up song on the first tee box, what would it be?
Old time rock and roll – Bob Seger
Headlines – Drake
R8 – 2019 NSW Australian Amateur Match Play
T2 – 2018 Duke of Kent
T5 – 2018 St Andrews Links Trophy
Champion – 2018 Franklin American Mortgage Tennessee Open
T4 – 2018 Terra Cotta Invitational
5th – 2018 Azalea Invitational
Champion – 2018 Grant Clements Memorial Tournament
T10 – 2018 Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship
Medallist – 2017 Tailhade Cup (individual)
Champion – 2017 Tailhade Cup (team)
T16 – 2017 Canadian Men’s Amateur
T2 – 2017 Duke of Kent
T2 – 2017 Monroe Invitational
T3 – 2017 Mason Rudolph Inviational (NCAA)
Champion – 2016 Quebec Men’s Amateur
11th – 2016 Division II Championship (NCAA)
T6 – 2015 Canadian Men’s Amateur
Member, Team Canada 2019 Pan American Games
2018 Canadian Men’s Amateur Golfer of the Year
Driver: Taylormade M1, 10 degree loft
Woods: Taylormade M2, 3 wood 13 degrees
Irons: Taylormade Psi
Wedges: Taylormade EF Spin Groove 60, 56, 52 degrees
Putter: Taylormade Spider Tour
Ball: Titleist ProV1