Canada’s teen sensation talks about her Oregon breakthrough, her ice–hockey prowess and being a fan of Moe Norman and Reba McEntire.
If there was one golf course that you could pick to play the rest of your life, which course would you choose?
I think I’d have to say Augusta National. It’s always been a dream of mine to go see the Masters and go see what everybody raves about. Just last year, a couple members from my golf course came back and they couldn’t stop talking about it. I think it would just be an unbelievable experience.
In your fairly youthful career, what is one of your biggest accomplishments, something that you’re most proud of?
I think the win in Portland this year, the Portland Classic, which was my first victory on the LPGA Tour. That earned me my membership, so I have full status going into 2016. I am hoping in the future I can have more weeks like that.
If you could see any musical artist, band, artist, dead or alive, front row tickets, who would you choose?
Reba McEntire. I’m a huge fan since I was eight years old. I heard her song on the radio and just kind of fell in love with her music and her television show.
Was there a certain moment when you realized you were good enough to play golf for a living?
When I was fourteen I became the youngest person ever to win a pro event [the 2012 Beloeil on the CN Women’s Tour], and I think that was really a big eye-opener for me. So I started to work really hard.
How long have you been a golfer?
Since I was 3, so 15 years.
Away from golf what are your favorite things to do?
I love to just be with my family and friends. And my cottage is my favorite place in the world to be.
Where is that?
It’s only half hour from my home in Canada, near Ontario. I’m pretty lucky, it’s right on a golf course, so when I want to I can just drive my golf cart right up to the 8th green. It’s also on a beautiful lake. So a little bit of practice, a little bit of swimming, lots of rest.
Is there something you wish you were much better at?
When I was younger I really wanted to go to university and play for both teams, the hockey team and the golf team, and you know I was pretty decent at playing nets in hockey and I really enjoyed it. So I think it would have been cool to see if I was just a little bit better in that and see what could have happened there.
What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve ever been given?
Just to stay patient. My successes this year are all based on that. I didn’t necessarily play my best but I was able to hang in there.
If you could play one round of golf with any three people— family members, pros, dead or alive—who would they be?
My sister, Gary Player, and Moe Norman, if I had the chance.
Why Moe Norman?
There’s just such a legacy. He’s a pretty amazing person and golfer and I would learn a little bit more about on the golf course and off.