Born on January 24, 1985, Antti Ahokas is a pro golfer from Finland. Born in Lapeenranta, Ahokas is more popularly known as the ‘Flying Finn’ and is easily noticeable on the grass for his bright yellow locks and equally colorful outfits. He played and won as an amateur at the Finnish Amateur Stroke Play Championship in 2005. He made a brief move to the US to study at the University of Minnesota but returned home a few months later to pursue a career in professional golf. He turned pro in 2006.
Ahokas failed to make it to the cut in qualifying school for the European tour finals. He landed at the second tier Challenge Tour in 2007. 2008 saw Ahokas win his first title at the Abierto VISA de la Republica which was co-sanctioned by the Challenge Tour and the Tour de las Americas. He was the first left-handed golfer to win the event. He followed his up with a win at the ECCO Tour Championship. He also gained access to the next season’s European Tour by landing at 19th on the money list.
All in all Ahokas has had four amateur wins, four professional wins and several team appearances. Amateur wins include the 2004 Finnish Amateur Match Play Championship, the Finnish Amateur International Open Championship, and the 2006 Irish Amateur Stroke Play Championship. Professional wins include the 2008 Abierto VISA, the 2005 Sonera Open and the Gant Open.
Prior to playing golf, Ahokas was also an avid ice hockey player. He eventually made the decision to give the sport up and try golf after he broke his wrist.