Céleste Dao is one of Canada’s bright young talents. The Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot, Que., native collected six wins in 2017, including victories at the Future Links, driven by Acura Quebec Championship, the Quebec Amateur, the Quebec Junior and the Canada Summer Games. Dao, 17, added a 10th place result at the Canadian Junior Girls and led Canada at the World Junior Girls with a T24 finish in her second time playing the event. She joins the Development Squad as one of four rookies in 2018.
Q: What are some of your nicknames?
Most of my friends call me “Ce”.
Q: How did you get into golf? Explain.
At the age of 3 and a half I started hitting balls in my garage. We had a net and a mat. My Dad had a passion for that sport so he taught me how to hit.
Q: How do you mark your golf ball?
I do a rectangle, most of the time red or green, around the Titleist writing.
Q: Do you have any siblings? If so, how old?
I have a little brother. Malik is 13 years old.
Q: What was the last book you read?
Right now, I’m reading a book for my English class. It’s called “Of Mice and Men”
Q: Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Monica in Friends.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you? Any hidden talents?
I am good at snowboarding.
Q: What exercise do you dread the most?
Q: What was the last picture that you took on your phone?
A screenshot of Ellie Szeryk who sent me a photo eating ice-cream and she said: “Don’t tell Matt [Wilson, coach]”
Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?
All the people who I grew up with are there, all of my friends.
Q: Do you have any superstitions?
Q: What is the most surprising thing in your golf bag?
I have a lucky pink pinnacle ball in my bag that I always have in tournaments. My Mom gave it to me when I was younger.
Q: If you could have a walk-up song on the first tee box, what would it be?
Lose Yourself by Eminem