Quebec’s Hugo Bernard is the lone returning member to this year’s Amateur Squad. The 23-year-old’s season was highlighted by his third-straight top-5 finish at the Canadian Men’s Amateur championship, which he won in 2016. The Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que., product also recorded top-10 finishes at Terra Cotta Invitational and South American Amateur. In 2016, Bernard captured the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, an event in which he finished runner-up the year prior. He also notched six top-5 finishes in eight events for the Saint Leo Lions, including medalist honours at the NCAA Division II Championship. His efforts at Saint Leo earned him Freshman of the Year honours to go with being named as a first-team All-American. Bernard was also one of three to compete for Canada at the World Amateur in 2016. He boasts victories earlier in his amateur career at the Quebec Men’s Amateur in 2013 as well as the 2012 Quebec Junior Boys Championship.
Q: What are some of your nicknames?
Smoothie, Barnyard, Hank
Q: How did you get into golf? Explain.
Because I was such a bad hockey player and by watching Tiger Woods on TV.
Q: How do you mark your golf ball?
Q: Do you have any siblings? If so, how old?
2 sisters (25 and 24)
Q: What was the last book you read?
The Big Miss by Hank Haney
Q: Who would play you in a movie about your life?
I don’t watch movies so I can’t name any actors.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you? Any hidden talents?
I love fishing.
Q: What exercise do you dread the most?
The beep test.
Q: What was the last picture that you took on your phone?
A video of my golf swing.
Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?
Q: Do you have any superstitions?
Always play a Titleist 4 tournament rounds.
Q: What is the most surprising thing in your golf bag?
Q: If you could have a walk-up song on the first tee box, what would it be?
Fix You by Coldplay
Driver: Titleist D3 917 8.5 degree loft
Woods: Titleist F2 917 15 degree loft
Irons: Titleist 716 mb
Wedges: Titleist Vokey 52, 56, 60
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 circle T
Ball: Titleist ProV1X